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Laura Krishfield

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February 16, 2019

Uses acoustic data and machine learning to optimize salmon feeding

The company was founded by CEO Bendik S. Søvegjarto in collaboration with the Norwegian Institute of Marine Research. So far, the company has raised about $8.8 million, with the most recent investment being for $2.8 million. Among its investors, we emphasize Innovation Norway, Breed Reply, and a ... read more.
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Laura Krishfield

Agro Innovation More...

February 16, 2019

Collaborative robotic platform for outdoor labor

Develops automated path-tracing robots for assisting in transportation tasks within agriculture production; the robot is called Burro Burro uses computer vision and machine learning to trace paths and automatically rerun routes while carrying up to 500 lbs Augean Robotics is currently selling its ... read more.
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Bactusense
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Laura Krishfield

Consumer Choices in Food, Health, and Wellness More...

February 16, 2019

Develops silicon-based microchips and optical biosensors for bacteria detection

The company was founded by Amir Saar, Ester Segal, and Ofer Du-nour; Amir and Ester developed the technology while professors at the Jerusalem's Hebrew University and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology before partnering with Ofer to license the technology to a nanotechnology innovations ... read more.
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Lewie Roberts

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

February 15, 2019

Mapping data for autonomous vehicles

CEO James Wu and CTO Mark Wheeler founded DeepMap in 2016 after work at Baidu's autonomous vehicle program and Google's mapping services; the company raised $60 million in a 2018 Series B led by Bosch's VC arm, for a total of $92 million in funding to date; other investors include Nvidia, Accel, and... read more.
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Christopher Robinson

Energy Storage More...

February 15, 2019

This year's AABC Europe conference saw a change in location, moving from Germany to just across the border in France, but remained a must-attend event due to the high quality of speakers and balance of technical and market discussions. As in previous conferences we've attended in the past couple of ... read more.

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Christopher Robinson

Energy Storage More...

February 15, 2019

Electric rickshaw ride-hailing

The company is a developer of an electric rickshaw ride-hailing service, in which it owns the vehicles and provides charging and battery swapping infrastructure to drivers. SmartE's rickshaws have batteries ranging in size from 3.4 kWh to 7.4 kWh, which it sources from local suppliers like Amara ... read more.
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Patricia Seoane da Silva

Next Generation Power More...

February 15, 2019

Off-grid solar solutions for emerging economies

Mobisol was founded in 2010 and has received $27.5 million in funding from the International Finance Corporation and other venture capital firms. The company develops off-grid solar systems ranging from 80 W to 200 W, which incorporate a charge controller and a lead-acid battery for short-term ... read more.
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Michael Kronberger

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

February 14, 2019

Has more than 80 years of experience in industrial fermentation; leverages this knowledge for innovative and new applications like the production of bioplastics Operates its core business in the two business lines Ingredient Solutions – Food and Ingredient Solutions – Biochemicals; more cutting-edge... read more.

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Michael Kronberger

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

February 14, 2019

Is the largest lithium producer in the world; its $1.15 billion acquisition of a 50% stake in the Wodgina lithium mine will further strengthen its position Its products are mainly used in energy storage, petroleum refining, consumer electronics, construction, automotive, lubricants, pharmaceuticals... read more.

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Kristin Marshall

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

February 14, 2019

Textile coatings from agricultural and algal feedstocks

CEO Matthias Foessel co-founded Beyond Surface Technologies in 2008 after serving as the global director of new technologies at Huntsman and the head of the finishing division at Ciba Specialty Chemicals. The company develops chemical finishes for textiles made partially or fully from renewable raw ... read more.
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Identification of a pathway towards differentiation and success with biofertilizers

Coverage Areas: Agro Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: February 2019

Biofertilizers remain poorly defined, with products like organic material, biostimulants, and compost often incorrectly included in the technology landscape. Unfortunately, this improper labeling serves only to further mystify the space along with potential opportunities. In this report Lux explicitly defines biofertilizers, identifies differentiation among developers and their products, and provides a pathway towards success in this rapidly developing space.

Digital Sales Platforms

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: February 2019

This report will use the digital business model framework to understand the impact of digital tools and technologies on the sales process in the materials and chemicals space. It will cover a landscape of current activities, parse the benefits of digital transformation in chemical sales, and highlight future directions for development and integration.

Carbon Nanomaterials Update

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: February 2019

This report will update our Carbon Nanomaterial coverage. To complement last year's production-focused report, this report will focus more on applications. It will feature a detailed study of use cases and applications, case studies of industry players, a data driven analysis of applications, and updated Lux Innovation Grids.

Monitoring and Control for Water Quality

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition More...

Planned Publication Date: February 2019

Due to the size and complexity of water and wastewater systems and the premium instrument costs, the water industry has struggled to automate water quality monitoring. Meanwhile, increasing concerns over public health and irregularly but inexorably tightening regulations put utilities under pressure to ensure safe drinking water and wastewater discharge. Potential to improve plant performance and uptime also encourage more active adoption of advanced sensors among industrial operators. This report shows the interesting use cases for different water quality sensors across the water space.

Quantum Sensors

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: February 2019

Quantum sensors offer improvements in sensitivity and precision compared to their classical sensing counterparts. In this report, we will discuss the current capabilities and development opportunities in materials and designs.

Biofuels Outlook

Coverage Areas: Alternative Fuels More...

Planned Publication Date: February 2019

Today’s biofuel industry is a long way from its rapid ascension of the early and mid-2000s. Growth in capacity for first-generation (1G) biofuels has stalled, but advanced biofuels are gaining ground. To characterize this new era of the global biofuels industry, we built a comprehensive database of nearly 2,000 facilities which we use to forecast the growth of the industry and examine trends in new nameplate capacity, location, fuel, feedstock, and conversion technologies.

Innovations in Wave and Tidal Energy

Coverage Areas: Next Generation Power More...

Planned Publication Date: March 2019

Tidal and wave energy can deliver dispatchable power to the grid that is still renewable. As such, they may replace gas peakers and other backup facilities in the future. However, this technology is hard to deploy, mostly because of harsh mechanical conditions. This report lists the innovations in the space in order to assess its true potential.

Electric, Autonomous, and Shared: Business Models Defining the Future of Mobility

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: March 2019

Electrification and automation continue to shape the future of the automotive industry, capturing not only headlines but significant investments toward their development from vehicle manufacturers and their suppliers. At the same time, new business models focused on shared and connected forms of mobility are emerging to capitalize on these new technologies, threatening to shift a consumer's perception of a product to a service. This report envisions a transportation system defined by the intersection of electrification, autonomy, and shared mobility to identify pain points and opportunities in the future of mobility.

Energy Management in the Smart Home

Coverage Areas: Future Grid More...

Planned Publication Date: March 2019

The smart home ecosystem includes different types of solutions and technologies with a number of purposes, such as enabling energy savings, increasing comfort and convenience, and ensuring safety and security in the home. This report intends to focus on the role of home energy management within the smart home ecosystem. The goal is to highlight available technologies and their current applications in the smart home and identify gaps, key challenges, and areas of opportunity.

Water Infrastructure in the Developing World

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition More...

Planned Publication Date: March 2019

The main opportunity for innovation in water infrastructure exists in developing countries, because they are not hampered by difficult-to-replace legacy infrastructure. This report looks into the developments and describes what technologies are actually being deployed, and why.