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Tugce Uslu

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

March 28, 2019

SLS 3D printing technology using a proprietary laser system

The company was founded by Avi Reichental, Jakub Graczyk, and Tomasz Cienszynski. Among its investors, we emphasize XponentialWorks, a VC company specializing in artificial intelligence, 3D printing, and robotics founded by Avi Reichental (former CEO of 3D Systems), which invested an undisclosed ... read more.
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Tugce Uslu

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

March 28, 2019

On-demand part manufacturing services and web-based design automation software for 3D printing

The company was started by Florian Reichle, Marlene Vogel, and Gunnar Schulze in 2013 in Germany. The company develops 3D printing software solutions for design automation customization and provides on-demand polymer 3D printing services. The company's web-based software platform, Paramate, helps ... read more.
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Beltech
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Christopher Robinson

Energy Storage More...

March 27, 2019

Thin lithium metal anodes for lithium-ion batteries

The company was started by Lin Chen based on his Ph.D. research on lithium-sulfur batteries at Argonne and the Illinois Institute of Technology. The company develops protected lithium metal anodes, which it claims are differentiated by a thickness ranging from 10 μm to 100 μm; this claim is slightly... read more.
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Fisker
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Christopher Robinson

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March 27, 2019

Electric vehicles

The company was started by Henrik Fisker in 2007 as Fisker Automotive; in 2013, the company went bankrupt, and its assets were purchased by Wanxiang, which later renamed the company Karma Automotive; Henrik retained the Fisker brand and trademarks, founding Fisker in 2016. The company is a developer... read more.
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Volkswagen
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Tim Grejtak

Energy Storage More...

March 27, 2019

Volkswagen was late to the electric vehicle innovation race, and not entirely a willing participant. In 2015, as Nissan launched an upgraded version of its best-selling EV and one year before Tesla launched its own mass-market EV, Volkswagen was found to be cheating emissions tests of its "clean ... read more.

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Chloe Holzinger

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

March 26, 2019

An innovation cluster is a grouping of independent organizations that operates in a specific sector and is designed to stimulate innovative activity. This is one in a series of insights examining innovation clusters in the energy industry, supported by primary research that Lux Research will be ... read more.

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Harshit Sharma

Owning the Energy Transition

March 25, 2019

Industrial heat pump for recovering residual heat for process industries

Developed an industrial heat pump that recovers up to 50% of residual heat in the form of steam from waste heat streams in the 75 °C to 150 °C temperature range Key differentiator of the heat pump is the heat carrier, which is made up of liquid phosphates, water, and salts; during the heat transfer ... read more.
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Vladimir Roznyatovskiy

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

March 25, 2019

Quantum dots for optoelectronics

Quantum Solutions is a startup that was formed in 2017 as a spinoff from academic work at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia The company focuses on the development and production of lead-based optoelectronic materials, with an emphasis on perovskite quantum ... read more.
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Connecting the Dots: The Impact of Industrial and Power Decarbonization on Gas Demand

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: December 2019

Natural gas is often touted as the fuel that will power the ongoing energy transition. Several energy companies such as Shell, Total, and Qatar Petroleum have committed to expand their gas and LNG businesses, with the latter even quitting OPEC in its pursuit for gas. However, as industrial demand sectors such as power, steel manufacturing, paper, residential heating, gradually move towards disruptive, low carbon solutions such as hydrogen, heat pumps, and electric heating, the outlook for gas needs to be revisited. In this report, we connect the dots between the various pieces of the broader energy system, and analyse the collateral impact of emerging technologies on the global gas and LNG markets in the near future.

Automating the Last Mile

Coverage Areas: Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

Planned Publication Date: December 2019

The rise of e-commerce platforms and subsequent demise of several well-known retails stores including Sears is itself a testament to the disruptive power of technology. As more packages are shipped around the world than ever before, many are asking how to move packages cheaper and quicker. The “last mile” – the last part of the delivery process to a final destination – is the biggest opportunity for innovation as it is the most challenging and expensive part of delivery, often through complex environments and comprising as much as 50% of total shipping costs. This report will analyze the landscape of last-mile technologies – ranging from drones to mobile robots and more – to identify which ones are worth the investment and which are doomed to fail.

Organizing for Digital

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: December 2019

Many companies are trying to embark on their digital transformation. However, success rates are not that high; estimates indicate that more than 80% of digital transformation projects fail. While there are many determining factors for success, one of them is the structure of the organization and the culture within an organization. Interestingly, with the arrival of digital, companies also need to re-imagine their traditional structures. How can companies organize themselves to ensure success in their digital transformation efforts? What type of a culture should they build? With the arrival of digital, what should the org structure look like to ensure success in the future?

Southeast Asia's Energy Startup Ecosystem

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: December 2019

Under a drastically different economic and technology backdrop, Southeast Asia's energy startup ecosystem has spawned with accessibility, affordability, and reliability as the top priorities in energy. This report will take a look at the region's energy startup ecosystem and identify the key players leading the cause and the unique sets of challenges they face. As the future global center of energy demand, it remains critical to understand the region to find key opportunities to enter the market with a higher success rate.

Innovation Clusters

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: December 2019

An innovation cluster is a grouping of independent organizations that operates in a specific sector and is designed to stimulate innovative activity. This report will present Lux's methodology for evaluating clusters and identify regional trends in cluster activities. It will conclude with Lux's guidelines on how clients can choose the right innovation cluster partner for their business needs.

Decarbonizing the Industrial Sector: Carbon Capture

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

In our recently-published "Decarbonizing the Industrial Sector" report, we introduced carbon capture as a key technology that will allow multiple industrial sectors to decarbonize their operations by capturing CO₂ emissions from point-sources. In this report, we will look at the cost of carbon capture using multiple configurations, as well as the regulatory framework support needed to support the adoption of carbon capture in the industrial sector.

The Modern-day Biotech Business Model

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

This report will looks at biologically enabled industrial productions processes like fermentation and synthetic biology. Their advantages are in being scale-independent, allowing for right-sized and distributed manufacturing, and enabling flexible production. But many companies have struggled and had to pivot toward high margin products to survive. By reviewing the top players and partnerships, and looking closely at the economics of key processes, this report lays out the impact biotech will have on chemicals and materials industry and their customers in food, medicine, agriculture, consumer products and more -- and calls out the right business models to succeed.

Innovating for a Rapidly Aging Planet: Lessons From Japan

Coverage Areas: Consumer IoT More...

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

The world’s population is aging at an alarming pace. Virtually every country in the world is experiencing growth in the number and proportion of older persons in its population. But in no other country is this scenario more evident than in Japan. Almost 1 in 3 people in Japan today are aged 65 or older, the highest proportion of any country in the world today. What is happening in Japan today will inevitably occur in many other nations in time. This report will examine Japan as a case study to examine what an aging society looks like and what opportunities and challenges it brings. The findings from this report will enable clients to plan ahead to address an increasingly aging market in many developed and developing economies, especially for elderly care and aging-in-place solutions.

Ezra Test

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

The Digital Transformation of Chemicals

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

As digital innovations penetrate the physical industries, they threaten to upend the products, processes, value chains, and customer relationships of incumbents. In this report, we'll examine the impact of digital transformation on the chemicals industry, highlighting digital use cases in R&D, manufacturing, logistics, sales, and beyond.