Christopher Robinson

Energy Storage More...

November 14, 2019

Electric vehicles with battery swapping

Flymove was created as a spinout of Equiventia Capital Partners in 2018 to commercialize electric vehicles and supporting infrastructure. The company is a developer of electric vehicles with battery packs designed for swapping; its vehicles include a small city vehicle, a sports car, and a racing ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Katrina Westerhof

Digital Transformation

November 14, 2019

With pervasive connectivity, cheap sensing, and the rise of advanced analytics, industries that have not traditionally been digital-forward are seeing rapid, transformative change as they collect and use more data than ever before and as their product ecosystems become digitized. As digital becomes ... read more.

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Chloe Herrera

Energy Storage More...

November 14, 2019

Flexible Li-ion battery company

The company was founded in 2016 by Ming Xie, Ph.D., who in the same year also founded parent company Enerol Nanotechnologies, developer of a range of wearables. BattFlex claims to have received $250,000 from the People's Republic of China and to have achieved more than 1 million units in sales. The ... read more.
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Laura Krishfield

Agro Innovation More...

November 14, 2019

Disease diagnostic tests for bovine livestock

The company was started by Rudy Rodriguez (chief scientific officer), who was the vice president of research and development for BD Worldwide's Primary Care Diagnostics Division prior to starting Advanced Animal Diagnostics (AAD). So far, the company has raised about $41.8 million in venture capital... read more.
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Anthony Schiavo

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

November 14, 2019

Plastic waste is the highest-profile issue facing the chemicals industry today, and major materials and chemicals companies have responded by making a dizzying flurry of commitments, investments, and partnerships in advanced recycling tech. To help clients unravel this space, we put together the ... read more.

Analyst Insight

Harshit Sharma

Digital Transformation More...

November 14, 2019

Lux Research recently spoke at the Asian Downstream Summit 2019 conference as part of Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW) 2019. The theme for ADS 2019, similar to the 2018 edition, centered around digital transformation of the oil and gas industry and the role of refineries and petrochemicals... read more.

Analyst Insight

Michael Sullivan

Digital Transformation More...

November 13, 2019

Given that Lux has named 5G the No. 1 technology to watch for in 2020 and recent industry announcements tout technology rollout battles between the U.S. and China, one could be forgiven for believing that 5G has already expanded into full deployment. But in actuality, as stated in our 5G use case ... read more.

Analyst Insight

Danielle Bradnan, Tiffany Hua, and Xiao Zhong

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

November 13, 2019

The idea of 3D-printed organs and tissues has tantalized both the medical establishment and sci-fi fans for years, but cell cultures have been limited to 2D structures in traditional well plates since the early 1900s. The rapid growth of 3D printing in industrial applications has helped jump-start ... read more.

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Tim Grejtak

Energy Storage More...

November 13, 2019

Dutch developer of hydrogen/bromine flow batteries for stationary energy storage

The company makes hydrogen-bromine flow batteries for stationary energy storage applications. The company was founded by Wiebrand Kout in 2014, following a number of other energy storage companies like HyET and Nedstack. Among its investors, we emphasize the European technology investment group EIT ... read more.
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Michael Sullivan

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

November 13, 2019

Like many manufacturers, Siemens, the largest producer of programmable logic controllers (PLCs), has increasingly added layers of digital control to its production systems, but it still faced the challenge of linking siloed islands of automation to fully optimize the manufacturing process. The ... read more.

Case Study

Decarbonizing the global energy trade

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: January 2020

As renewable energy generation grows to meet decarbonization goals, so do concerns about overgeneration and curtailment. Hydrogen is increasingly seen as means to reduce curtailment by shuttling energy that would otherwise be wasted on the grid to other sectors like industry and transportation – a practice called sector coupling. While sector coupling may help curtailment, it doesn’t address the myriad regions that lack the land area or resource potential like Japan or the Netherlands to overbuild solar and wind generation. These regions instead must find a means to import renewable energy cheaply to realize decarbonization goals. In this report, we will highlight the challenges of sector coupling and provide a framework to identify the best energy vectors to import and export renewable energy.

Beyond Made in China 2025: China's Move Up the Global Innovation Value Chain

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: January 2020

Made in China 2025 is the most important government policy set to transform China into a global innovation leader in the next five years. With roadmaps for developing domestic capabilities in electricity, agriculture, advanced materials, new energy vehicles, robotics, information technology, aerospace, rail, marine engineering, and medicine, the country is currently transforming itself in order to move up the global value chain across ten major industry sectors. But what about beyond 2025? Several technologies possess potential to transform the world beyond the five year time frame. In this report, we analyze hundreds of technologies generated by the Lux Intelligence Engine data platform to identify the key technologies and players driving China's move up the global innovation value chain and determine how domestic players fare against their global peers.

2020 Vision: Top Materials Developments in 2019 and What to Look for in 2020

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: January 2020

2019 was an eventful year in materials as issues of sustainability and plastic waste issues became a massive concern, digital challenges like materials informatics and data-driven business models continued to grow in popularity, new material platforms like metamaterials and applications like 5G rose -- all while corporate M&A and strategic venturing continued apace. This report reviews some of the biggest developments while looking forward to trends to watch in 2020.

Harnessing the Power of Plant Proteins

Coverage Areas: Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

Planned Publication Date: January 2020

Plant proteins are, and will continue to be, a key near-term opportunity within the realm of alternative proteins for the food industry. In the last three years, second generation proteins like peas, chickpeas, and oats have risen in dominance, signaling the diversification of plant-based protein sources beyond soy. In addition to differences in quality between protein-rich crops, the realities of agricultural production are relevant considerations, and there are further regional differences complicating the space. Companies across the agrifood ecosystem need to engage productively with plant proteins, both as competitive threats to existing animal protein businesses and as opportunities for new business growth.

Applications and impacts of bioinformatics across the agrifood and health ecosystem

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: January 2020

Building on the first phase of Lux's thematic coverage of bioinformatics, the second phase explores the applications and impacts of this technology on the agrifood and health ecosystem through the lens of subjective and objective analyses. Applications and impacts are broken down for agriculture, food, and health and future recommendations of engagement in the space outlined.

The Digital Transformation of Warehousing and Logistics

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: February 2020

Supply chain's across industries struggle with the fundamental issues of visibility, reliability, and agility. These challenges get further compounded due to the global spread of complex supply chains, slowdown in global economic growth, and broader sustainability goals. On top of that- customers across the board are now more demanding with regards to lead times, reverse logistics, and product customization in the era of e-commerce. Starting off with the downstream end of the supply chain, this report discusses the novel solutions digital technologies bring to warehouses and logistics that could solve the perennial issues of supply chains while also highlighting emerging players, and case studies for a deeper insight.

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.

Innovative manufacturing methods to shift production costs and customize products on demand

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

This report will delve into the many ways manufacturers are shifting away from the traditional high-volume, centralized production model in order to lower per unit costs and respond to product diversity and customization. Methods examined will include adaptive manufacturing, distributed manufacturing, and flexible manufacturing, as well as lessons learned from emerging generative design and product simulation methods and their implications for production. The different methods will be defined and analyzed for value, fit to industry sector and business model innovation and readiness.

Quantum computing for chemicals and materials

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

Many of the earliest practical applications of quantum computing are related to the technology's potential to simulate systems (of limited size) at a quantum level. While this opens up exciting applications, that excitement must be tempered with the limitations of an extremely early-stage technology. In this report, we examine how quantum computing will play a role in chemicals and materials industries over the coming years.

The Natural Language Processing and Knowledge Management Opportunity

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

Organizations are built upon the exchange and synthesis of vast amounts of information from both internal and external stakeholders. However, much of this information goes uncaptured digitally and that which does often exists in unstructured formats such as emails, documents, and reports that make it difficult to process and analyze for insights. Emerging AI tools like natural language processing (NLP) offer new capabilities to automatically capture, interpret, and communicate information at a low-cost and massive scale thereby unlocking significant opportunities to improve the efficiency of processes, uncover and manage knowledge, and enable new business models. This report will lay out the landscape of NLP tools and capabilities available, analyze the new opportunities enabled by these tools, and forecast where the space is heading.