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Patricia daSilva

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January 18, 2019

Rotor sails for cargo ships

Norsepower was founded by CEO Tuomas Riski in November 2012 and has received more than $11.6 million in funding in the past two years from the EU, the Finish government, and different venture capital firms. Develops a rotor sail technology that harvests wind energy and provides auxiliary propulsion... read more.
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Biopetrolia
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Gihan Hewage

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January 17, 2019

The company was started by Jens Nielsen and Anastasia Krivoruchko to commercialize yeast synthetic biology technology developed in Jens' lab. Among its investors, we emphasize Novo Seeds, which provided a pre-seed grant to Biopetrolia upon its founding in 2014. The company develops platforms to ... read more.
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Cleyond
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Charles Willard

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January 17, 2019

Converts mixed polyethylene and polyamide waste to regranulates

The company was founded by CEO Jürgen Pfister and CFO Andreas Nold in early 2017 to help solve the ocean plastics issue by finding an alternative end-of-life strategy for mixed plastic waste. Stakeholders include CEO Jürgen Pfister, who owns 24% of the company; CFO Andreas Nold, who owns 21%; German... read more.
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Purecycle
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Charles Willard

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January 17, 2019

Converts mixed polypropylene waste to regranulates

The company was started by former Walgreens CEO Greg Wasson after he worked with a group called Innventure, which identifies and commercializes the promising unused intellectual property of large companies; it licensed a solvent-based recycling method from Procter & Gamble (P&G) in 2015. It is ... read more.
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Xyleco
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Gihan Hewage

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January 17, 2019

While Xyleco has been on Lux's radar for a few years due to its immense patent portfolio (see below), there was little evidence of commercialization until it came into the spotlight thanks to a "60 Minutes" feature on January 6, 2019 filled with unsubstantiated claims. Although its website had ... read more.

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Advonex
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Charles Willard

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January 17, 2019

Catalytically converts triglycerides to a mixture of base oils, silicone replacements, and other hydrocarbon products

Catalytically converts oils, fats, and greases to a mixture of hydrocabon products, including group III/IV base oils, paraffin wax, silicone replacements, mineral oil, and a small percentage of diesel and glycerol; claims there are few competing silicone replacements in the cosmetic industry and its... read more.
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Victrex 1
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Michael Kronberger

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January 17, 2019

A clear leader and market pioneer in the global polyetheretherketone (PEEK) industry, with major applications in aerospace, automotive, oil and gas, consumer electronics, and medical devices  Improved its already impressive financial standing with respect to growth as well as liquidity and solvency ... read more.

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Michael Kronberger

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January 17, 2019

Launched eight new products in 2017, among them enzymes for laundry detergents, starch production, and ethanol production and an isoflavonoid for enhanced microbial growth in soil Annual growth has slowed, with average annual growth decreasing from 9% to 6% over the past five years, and liquidity ... read more.

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Rigetti computing
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Lewie Roberts

Digital Transformation

January 17, 2019

Quantum computing with superconducting circuits

Develops superconducting circuit quantum computer (QC) processors and offers access to them via a cloud platform Claims differentiation from other general-purpose QC competitors like IBM and Google in two areas: the number of qubits in its chipset and the hybrid classical-quantum capabilities of its... read more.
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Valarm
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Venkatesh Konanur

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

January 17, 2019

The company was started by CEO Lorenzo Gonazlez, Edward Pultar, and Pawel Sasik; Valarm has not disclosed any of its funding details. The company is a developer of connected water and air quality systems that provide users with alerts on damage events like forest fires and flooding. Valarm uses a ... read more.
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A Vertically Integrated Powerhouse: China’s Strategy for Leading the Energy Storage Industry

Coverage Areas: Energy Storage More...

Planned Publication Date: January 2019

China's rapidly growing EV sales and concentration of battery production has impacted the world's emerging energy storage industry. This report analyzes China's focus on becoming vertically integrated leaders of the lithium-ion industry, their future activities in next-generation batteries, and implementing those batteries in automotive or stationary applications.

Monitoring and Control for Water Quality

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition More...

Planned Publication Date: January 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.

Building a Circular Economy

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: January 2019

The Circular Economy - converting waste such as spent biomass, foodwaste, and plastic waste into products with value - has seen significant innovation interest in recent times. However, the path towards circularity requires connecting multiple technologies including waste collection/sorting, and the conversion technologies themselves. This report aims to highlight and evaluate these enabling technologies, while also highlighting gaps in creating a circular economy.

Carbon Nanomaterials Update

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: January 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.

Food, health, and wellness in retrospect: The top news, tech, and questions you asked in 2018

Coverage Areas: Consumer Choices in Food, Health, and Wellness

Planned Publication Date: January 2019

Over 2018, we saw major changes across the food and health value chain, from the introduction of new crops developed with gene editing to progress on growing meat without needing animals. It was an eventful year, which can make it difficult to keep perspective on the major changes, and avoid getting caught up in day-to-day happenings. This report offers a retrospective view of 2018 - the news we covered and what it means for your business, the top developers our analysts feel are worth engaging with, and the major questions that you and your competitors asked our analyst team. It also helps frame the themes we anticipate covering in 2019 and beyond

Energy's Top News, Technology Developers, and Questions You Asked About in 2018

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: January 2019

Highlights of the top news, technology developers, and questions that you and your peers asked Lux Research about in 2018. While not designed as a ranking list, this report instead serves as a summary of the developments in 2018 and how Lux Research's Energy Team views them as key steps in the evolution of the energy system in 2019 and beyond.

The Cost-Effective Distributed Grid: Energy Trading Within Microgrids

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: February 2019

While the energy transition promises a decentralized electrical grid composed of a network of actors with distributed energy resources, microgrids are not cost-effective for many electricity customers around the world. However, recent years have seen a rise of energy trading software platforms, which promise to provide better compensation for distributed generation and energy assets. We examine the combination of energy trading and microgrid technology to determine if we have finally crossed that critical financial turning point - whether it is more cost-effective to source electricity from distributed resources than from the electrical grid.

Measuring the Impact and Opportunity of 5G in Physical Industries

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: February 2019

This report will take a deeper look at 5G technology and its potential impact on physical industries like manufacturing, automotive, oil and gas, energy, and agriculture. It will cover both operational impacts on these industries, as well as potential business opportunities for developers.

Roadmap: Next Generation PV

Coverage Areas: Next Generation Power More...

Planned Publication Date: February 2019

Silicon remains the dominant material in the PV market, with innovations coming mostly from the larger players. In order to keep ahead of the competition, companies are continually improving on silicon PV architectures. This report is an update on the advanced silicon PV report of 2015, noting new trends in research and manufacturing in silicon PV, and highlighting the economics and scenarios of deployment of each type.

The State of Your Innovation in 2019

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: February 2019

What keeps innovation executives up at night? Tapping into our proprietary data around the world's innovation executive peer group, we analyzed more than 100,000 recent technology-related searches run on our platform, 10,000 questions asked of our analysts, and 1,000 key innovation initiatives of leading companies (all aggregated and anonymized, of course). The results paint an accurate and insightful look into the state of the world’s actual innovation treads going into 2019: What technologies are attracting the most interest, what strategic questions are proving hard to answer, what start-ups are attracting the most attention, and more.