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Michael Sullivan

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July 11, 2019

South Korea's April 2019 launch of 5G networks by its three main operators (Korea Telecom, SK Telecom, and LG U+) is already yielding industrial use cases. The most prominent cases are in the automotive sector, where 5G connections are being used by parts suppliers for process improvement and by ... read more.

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Kristin Marshall

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

July 11, 2019

At the end of May, Lux Research attended the Skin Microbiome Congress in Boston. Conference attendees hailed from a variety of backgrounds, including academia, law, medicine, and industry. Over the two-day event, presentations were given to provide conferencegoers the option of 1) building a more ... read more.

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Venkatesh Konanur

Digital Transformation More...

July 11, 2019

The Industry 4.0 landscape today is a complicated web of technologies, with solutions offering to translate incoming data feeds, structure the information, store data, and develop applications. Without proper infrastructure in place for these steps, enterprises have run into issues from dirty and ... read more.

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Venkatesh Konanur

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July 11, 2019

Machine learning-based machine failure and production optimization software

Offers process optimization, predictive maintenance, and virtual sensor software for process industries; provides value for these industries by building tailored models for machine failure prediction and process optimization Claims that its machine learning-based baseline models save facilities the ... read more.
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Max Halik

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July 11, 2019

Aerial inspection of photovoltaic systems

The company was started by Rob Andrews in 2014; since then, it has not disclosed any venture funding, but has received small grants from Ontario's SmartStart seed fund. Heliolytics offers aerial inspection services of photovoltaic (PV) assets for predictive maintenance, increasing yield through ... read more.
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Max Halik

Next Generation Power More...

July 11, 2019

Lux has been tracking the progress of bifacial photovoltaic modules (modules that can absorb light from both directions) for a number of years, but we've recently noticed an uptick of interest in the technology. One notable development was a recent U.S. decision to exclude bifacial modules from its ... read more.

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Lewie Roberts

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

July 11, 2019

Starsky Robotics, an automated long-haul truck developer, recently announced that it has been operating its own traditional shipping service for two years now. The company has been commercially hauling freight for customers with its 40 trucks, 36 of which are completely nonautonomous. The four ... read more.

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Thomas Hayes

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

July 11, 2019

Aroma delivery system

The company was started by Pascal Guillet (Head of Business Development) and Lea Pokorny (Head of R&D and Production), both previously Ph.D. students at the Food Process Engineering Laboratory at ETH Zurich. To date, the company has raised approximately $50,000 in grant and pre-seed funding. Among ... read more.
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Charles Willard

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

July 10, 2019

Foamable algae-based plastic for shoe components

Produces Solaplast, an algae-based plastic that contains 45% algal biomass in ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) that can be foamed and used in insole, midsole, and traction pad shoe components Solaplast has similar properties to conventional polyurethane or EVA foams, and the foamed components are sold ... read more.
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State of Innovation in Asia-Pacific

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: August 2019

As the dynamics of the global innovation ecosystem continues to shift with the rise of China, interest in Asia-Pacific has never been greater. While historical powerhouses, such as Japan and Korea, continue to innovate at their reputable rates, China's nationa initiatives as well as the flow of their capital into the surrounding areas - Southeast Asia and India - will likely spur the rise of new innovation ecosystems. In this report we take a look at the key hotspots for innovation, identifying the major players in the powerhouses, as well as finding hidden gems in the less thought about countries.

Decarbonizing the Industrial Sector: Power-to-Chemicals

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: August 2019

In our recently-published "Decarbonizing the Industrial Sector" report, we introduced electrochemical conversion as a key technology that will allow the chemical industry to decarbonize its operations by replacing fossil-based feedstock with low-carbon alternatives produced from renewable electricity. In this report, we will look at the cost of electrifying key industrial processes, including but not limited to methanol production and ammonia synthesis, as well as the regulatory framework support needed to support the adoption of electrochemical technologies in the industrial sector.

Industrial Power Symbiosis: Finding Cost-Effective Cases for On-Site Power Generation

Coverage Areas: Future Grid More...

Planned Publication Date: September 2019

When and how will industrial customers of electricity find it most cost-effective to source their own electricity from on-site generators? This report will match power generation technologies with the industries that can benefit from their use and secondary benefits, such as heat and hydrogen production.

Synbio Partnership Landscape

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: September 2019

This report will map the synthetic biology partnership landscape to identify where current opportunities exist for partnering.

Net Zero Energy Buildings and their impact on the grid

Coverage Areas: Future Grid More...

Planned Publication Date: September 2019

Net zero energy buildings (NZEBs) are designed to generate as much energy as they consume and be as energy-efficient as possible. The increased availability of a variety of distributed energy resources in commercial and residential buildings is supporting the growth in deployments of NZEBs. This report looks to quantify the market for NZEBs, analyze the impact that these buildings have on the power grid, and provide a forecast of the future of energy in the built environment.

Genomics in agriculture

Coverage Areas: Agro Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: September 2019

Big data in agriculture was initially synonymous with "precision agriculture," however the rise of genomics and other informatics tools are fundamentally changing the roles DNA and data play in agriculture. (This report will be the first of a "Genomics in X" series, building on the "Power of DNA" report/webinar)

Bio-based Intermediate Chemicals Market Growth

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: September 2019

This report will assess growth projections of intermediate chemicals given different oil-price environments.

Plastic Recycling Technologies Cost Assessment

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: September 2019

This report will model the cost of various plastic recycling technologies in order to assess and compare their respective value propositions.

Analyzing Technical Barriers to Realizing the Hyperloop

Coverage Areas: The Future of Mobility

Planned Publication Date: September 2019

Hyperloop was first proposed as an alternative to high-speed rail or airplanes for long-distance travel in 2013. Since then, SpaceX's open call for designs has attracted dozens of startups and university groups. As the next Hyperloop Design competition approaches this summer, this report will detail the feasibility of various Hyperloop designs and identify key technical limitations.

Demystifying holography, light fields and other 3D depth reach technologies for immersive experiences.

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: September 2019

As AR technologies continue to see adoption, limitations of use cases become apparent as well. Light aberrations, lack of depth perception, and vergence-accommodation stress are inherently present in current AR headsets based on various waveguides. The next generation of immersive technologies will be built on holographic image constructions and can be personalized either via worn headsets or through 3D displays that don’t require a headset and enable accessibility for multiple viewers at once. This report will detail how holography delivers natural depth perception, what’s required in terms of hardware and software development, and what applications and market opportunities are ahead for unobstructed immersive experiences.