Eden geotech
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Holly Havel

Exploration and Production More...

September 16, 2019

Pulsed electric well stimulation for unconventional and conventional oil and gas applications

Develops a pulsed electrical well stimulation system that leverages subsurface electrical stimulation to increase permeability and create microfracture networks by inducing thermal stress, reducing oil viscosity, and/or inducing vibration Claims its system is up to 66% cheaper than hydraulic ... read more.
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Flylogix
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Holly Havel

Digital Transformation More...

September 16, 2019

Unmanned autonomous vehicles for offshore oil and gas applications

The company was started by Chairman Charles Tavner in June 2015 to develop drone-based solutions for infrastructure monitoring and inspection applications; the company's funding history is undisclosed. The company develops remotely piloted drone solutions to monitor and inspect offshore ... read more.
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Nutriati
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Laura Krishfield

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

September 16, 2019

Chickpea protein concentrates and chickpea flour

The company was started by former Altria executive Richard Kelly (a current adviser) and Michael Spinelli (chief innovation officer), who previously worked with Ben & Jerry's and Sabra. To date, the company has raised approximately $13.4 million; the company last raised $2.9 million in August 2019 ... read more.
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Sene
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Thomas Hayes

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

September 16, 2019

Therapeutics and supplements for cognitive health

The company was founded by neuroscientist Shawn Watson (CEO), inspired by his personal experience witnessing dementia within his family. So far, the company has raised about $2 million through a seed round from undisclosed investors in June 2017; at the time of the seed round, it anticipated opening... read more.
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Persona
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Thomas Hayes

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

September 16, 2019

Personalized supplements based on physical trait and lifestyle data

The company was started by Jason Brown (CEO), Tamara Bernadot (chief nutrition officer), and Prem Thudia (CTO); the group comes from the healthcare and supplement industries. The company changed its name from Vitamin Packs to Persona in 2018. Nestlé acquired the company in August 2019 for an ... read more.
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Mol catalyst technology gmbh
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Abhirabh Basu

Owning the Energy Transition More...

September 16, 2019

Chemical-free catalytic water treatment

Offers two products; the first is MOL CLEAN solution, which uses a catalyst in combination with hydrogen peroxide to create biosurfactants that disinfect equipment surfaces Its second technology, MOL LIK uses the same catalyst with visible-light LED's to accelerate the formation of "hydration shells... read more.
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Harshit Sharma

Digital Transformation More...

September 14, 2019

Lux Research recently presented at the Asian Utility Week 2019 in Kuala Lumpur to speak on a breadth of topics, including the digital transformation of the power sector. In particular, Lux shared its opinions and thought leadership on the subject of digital twins at PowerGen Asia 2019, which ... read more.

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Xiao Zhong

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

September 13, 2019

Plastics developer using machine learning

The company was founded by Ata Zad in 2017 to commercialize plastics development using machine learning; it also offers toll compounding services and sells purge compounds. The company develops machine-learning algorithms customized to specific plastic materials (PE, PET, CFRP, PEEK, PEKK, TPU, PA, ... read more.
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Nanto
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Tiffany Hua

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

September 13, 2019

Portfolio of functional coatings including nanoclay-filled fire retardant, anti-corrosive, antifouling, and superhydrophobic coatings

Develops a portfolio of functional coatings and additives including nanoclay-filled anticorrosive coatings, fire retardant additives, biocide-free antifouling coatings, and superhydrophobic coatings Also cites other benefits, including increased gas and moisture barrier, hydrophobicity, ... read more.
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Aernos
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Venkatesh Konanur

Digital Transformation More...

September 12, 2019

MEMS-based carbon nanotube gas sensors

Continues to offer carbon nanotube-based gas sensors that can be embedded within devices from third-party vendors; since we last spoke with the company, it has released its own device, called AerIoT, that can be directly plugged into existing HVAC systems Differentiates from the more commonly used ... read more.
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Organizing for Digital

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: Q4 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: Q4 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: Q4 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.

Where and how to find the Green in Green technology

Coverage Areas: Agro Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

Lux covers the potential for sustainability and green technologies to become an alternate source of revenue as concerns regarding environmental impact and risk continue to grow.

How 3D Printing Software Will Accelerate the Development of 3D Printing

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

In the last few years, synergies between the design software space and 3D printing have become increasingly apparent. For example, generative design software takes advantage of 3D printing’s ability to expand manufacturability and vastly enlarges the explorable design candidate space. 3D printing simulation software models the stress profile of a part, and therefore predicts part failure before physically printing it. Within the 3D printing community, we are seeing a trend of 3D printing companies developing and strengthening their software components. Several major examples include Desktop Metal’s software for generative design, Markforged’s cloud-based software for part print optimization, and Arevo’s computer-aided design (CAD) and FEA-based software for 3D printing design and simulation. In this report, we review the most relevant 3D printing software technologies and argue that the formation of a 3D printing software thread (design, simulation, manufacturing, as well as workflow management and data security) with data control through the whole process will be crucial for 3D printing at industrial scale. We expect to see more 3D printing companies either develop their own software strategies or to partner with large software companies in the near future.

Scouting Innovations for Corrosion's Tough Problems

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

Corrosion remains perhaps the most persistent challenge we face in the materials industry. New sustainability regulations are making this even more challenging, by pushing out chrome 6 and limiting the use of solvents. This report will scout early stage technologies, start-ups, and identify corporate approaches to tackling the corrosion challenge.

Innovating the Lithium Industry

Coverage Areas: Energy Storage More...

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

With many automakers heavily invested in battery electric vehicle (BEV) development and more than 1 million vehicles in annual sales, the electric mobility revolution is well underway. Yet even as more and more automakers announce aggressive electrification strategies, challenges facing the lithium industry could have significant impacts on the future battery and BEV markets. This report considers the gap between lithium supply and demand forecasts, the innovative companies looking to address the challenges in producing battery-ready lithium chemicals, and the established incumbents best positioned to take advantage of this critical market opportunity.