Runeel Daliah

Owning the Energy Transition

October 15, 2019

Hydrogen from food waste using microbial electrolysis

Develops a microbial electrolysis cell (MEC) for production of hydrogen from food waste; MEC has higher electrical efficiency than water electrolysis At the prototype scale; plans to launch a 2 kg/day hydrogen pilot unit in 2020 and 10 kg/day hydrogen commercial units by 2022 Business model is to ... read more.
Company Profile

Tugce Uslu

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

October 15, 2019

Post-processing hardware, software, and materials for surface finishing and support removal of 3D-printed parts

Develops hardware, software, and chemicals for automated post-processing; the company's support removal pre-mixed detergents and surface finishing media are available in various formulations, and it claims they are proven for most commercial 3D printing technologies, including PolyJet, SLA, FDM, MJF... read more.
Company Profile

Joshua Haslun

Agro Innovation More...

October 14, 2019

Micropore biosensors capable of detecting and quantifying nucleic acids, proteins, and small molecules

Silicon pore-based molecule detection where individual molecules cause a shift in conductance over a given duration of time that may be mapped to specific molecules or molecular characteristics of nucleic acids, protein, and small molecules The company develops a single-pore system for point-of-use ... read more.
Company Profile

Joshua Haslun

Agro Innovation More...

October 14, 2019

Bayer, as well as its major competitors, continues to invest in and acquire digital technologies, but to date, the applications and business models applied have not diverged from conventional applications (crop monitoring, variable-rate application maps, pest warnings, etc.). However, as the cost of... read more.

Case Study

Drishti Masand

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

October 14, 2019

Agricultural waste and nanocellulose fiber composites for packaging

Produces micro- and nanosized plant fiber-based packaging materials from agricultural waste Molds the fibers into packaging and tableware; has one full-scale production facility in India, with plans to manufacture and sell products The high surface area of the fibers means that its materials do not ... read more.
Company Profile

Charles Willard

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

October 11, 2019

Genetically modifies E. coli to produce isobutene

Uses genetically modified E. coli to produce bio-isobutene at a premium in gaseous form at a ratio of 3.8 kg sugar:1 kg olefin; can be used unmodified as an additive in gaseous fuel bottles or converted to isooctane, isododecane, butyl rubber, polyisobutene, methacrylic acid, or ethyl tertiary butyl... read more.
Company Profile

Kristin Marshall

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

October 10, 2019

Packaging and consumer goods products made from proprietary bio-based polymer formulations

Good Natured Products (formerly Solegear) previously positioned itself as a developer of bio-based resins, working with large brands on customer-specific projects; the company pivoted to creating its own line of packaging and products in 2016, went public on the Toronto Venture Stock Exchange, and ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Vladimir Roznyatovskiy

Digital Transformation More...

October 10, 2019

Market demand for devices with both larger screens and portability is behind Samsung's release and then re-release of its inward-folding Galaxy Fold phone. While it is an appealing idea, the quality-price combination is unfavorable for mass adoption. Many brands have demonstrated their interest in ... read more.

Case Study

Laura Krishfield

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

October 10, 2019

Plant- and fermentation-based protein sweeteners and food products

Produces plant- and fermentation-based protein sweeteners and food products To date, the company has raised between $2 million and $5 million in funding In terms of applications and markets, Miraculex is building a consumer-facing food brand with products spanning multiple categories; the company ... read more.
Company Profile

Venkatesh Konanur

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

October 10, 2019

Neuromorphic processor-based event-driven vision sensors

The company was founded by CEO Ning Qiao, Chief Strategy Officer Giacomo Indiveri, and Kynan Eng in 2017; to date, aiCTX has raised $2.78 million from seed rounds and grants, with notable investors including Baidu Ventures and the EU's Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises. The ... read more.
Company Snapshot

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.

The future of big data and edge computing

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

Several metrics indicate that, over the past couple of years, there has been a steady rise in interest as well as innovation in the area of edge computing. In a previous report, we had discussed the key drivers, taxonomy of different types of edge computing technologies, and some key players in this space. However, there is little clarity on where and what type of edge computing should be used in different applications. In this report, we will dive into the nuances of different applications and use cases where edge computing will play an important role.

Innovation in Metal-Organic Frameworks

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

While metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) remain a highly academic subject, understanding of their capabilities has grown in the past several years, and synthetic methods and MOF design tools continue to improve. MOFs can be widely applicable to potential use cases in gas and liquid separations, gas storage, catalysis, battery anodes, and even food storage. This report surveys the market opportunities for MOFs and explores key players that both OEMs and chemical and materials companies need to be aware of to act on these opportunities.

Biopolymer Vision 2020

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

Bio-based polymers have garnered significant interest for replacing petroleum-based incumbents, but commercial success stories have been few and far between. Has the recent rise of interest in sustainability and worries about plastic waste changed the game for biopolymers? Or are the same economic challenges going to keep biopolymers consigned to a niche unless or until oil prices skyrocket? In this report, we update partnerships and production capacity to provide a new vision of the commercial future of bio-based polymers.

Water Scarcity: the Next Big Threat to Materials Manufacturing

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

Concerns surrounding water scarcity are on the rise, with more regions facing extreme drought conditions than ever before. As such, industries that are historically water intensive will face mounting pressure from consumers and government agencies to curb consumption. To get ahead of such threats, companies should be adopting methods of synthesizing products that do not involve water as heavily. This report aims to identify where innovation in materials manufacturing can have the greatest impact in reducing water consumption and strategies materials companies should take in implementing such technologies.

Organizing for Digital

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2020

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?

The Future of the Composites Industry

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2020

The composites industry is growing rapidly with the development of new technologies and market applications, but still remains very small compared to other incumbent materials like steel or aluminum. This report will take a holistic view on the state of the composites industry — encompassing both glass and carbon fiber alike — identifying key drivers and challenges and discuss strategies to grow the overall industry pie rather than simply competing over current markets.