Treemera
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Tiffany Hua

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August 22, 2019

FDCA for PEF production

Ortwin Ertl and Oliver Bolzern founded Treemera in 2017 as a joint venture among Annikki, Novolana, and Ovabo; the company is piloting furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA) technology owned by Annikki and Novolana. In its process, fructose undergoes a chemocatalytic reaction that results in a high yield of ... read more.
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Induo
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Tiffany Hua

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August 22, 2019

Breathable, water-repellent, stain-resistant, and durable textile and apparel for retail boutiques

Produces breathable, stain-resistant, hydrophobic coated cotton textiles and apparel with no change to the feel of the fabric; textiles can last more than 40 washes Serves three apparel markets in the EU – ready-to-wear, made-to-measure, and uniforms/workwear Currently produces a lightweight cotton ... read more.
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Patricia Seoane da Silva

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August 22, 2019

Much has changed since thin film attracted attention from the solar industry in the '00s, and despite its long-claimed value proposition of flexibility and low costs, the technology continues to lose ground against incumbent crystalline silicon. Overall, we expect that thin film deployment will be ... read more.

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Harshit Sharma

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August 22, 2019

The digital transformation of the oil and gas industry has accelerated at a rapid rate in the last decade ever since the 2014 oil price crash. Oil and gas has gradually transitioned from a digital laggard to a potential leader in digital technologies such as digital twins, predictive maintenance, ... read more.

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Mujin
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Harshit Sharma

Digital Transformation

August 21, 2019

Automation solutions for industrial robots

The company was started by Dr. Rosen Diankov and Issei Takino in 2011; Rosen worked on the robot manipulation planning software OpenRAVE prior to founding Mujin. To date, the company has raised approximately $7 million in funding, chiefly via its 2014 Series B round of $6 million. Among its ... read more.
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Vecna robotics
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Josh Kern

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August 21, 2019

Autonomy stack and orchestration software for material handling vehicles

Develops an autonomy stack and workflow orchestration software for autonomous mobile robots (AMR), focusing on bulk material handling The company's autonomy stack transforms warehouse vehicles like forklifts into self-driving vehicles, with support for a 24/7 operating center that can remotely ... read more.
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John deere
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Michael Sullivan

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August 21, 2019

Johns Deere, one of the largest players in farm equipment manufacture, wanted to improve worker productivity and safety during tractor assembly. To tackle this challenge, the company turned to virtual reality for worker monitoring. Workers are using virtual reality (VR) headsets to virtually ... read more.

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Michael Sullivan

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August 21, 2019

SaaS indoor location services and human motion data analytics using smartphones and IoT devices.

Ten Degrees was founded in 2014 as a wholly owned subsidiary of mCube, a fabless semiconductor sensor company, and subsequently spun out as an independent startup. Received an undisclosed amount from Silicon Valley venture fund Sand Hill Angels. The company develops a cloud-based motion analytics ... read more.
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Synmatter
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Anthony Schiavo

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August 21, 2019

Microparticles for triggered release

SynMatter develops porous ceramic particles that enable triggered release of active agents like corrosion inhibitors, antimicrobial agents, dyes, monomers, polymers, and other organic molecules The main application is in anti-corrosion coatings, where particles enable controlled release of corrosion... read more.
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Connecting the Dots: The Impact of Industrial and Power Decarbonization on Gas Demand

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

Natural gas is often touted as the fuel that will power the ongoing energy transition. Several energy companies such as Shell, Total, and Qatar Petroleum have committed to expand their gas and LNG businesses, with the latter even quitting OPEC in its pursuit for gas. However, as industrial demand sectors such as power, steel manufacturing, paper, residential heating, gradually move towards disruptive, low carbon solutions such as hydrogen, heat pumps, and electric heating, the outlook for gas needs to be revisited. In this report, we connect the dots between the various pieces of the broader energy system, and analyse the collateral impact of emerging technologies on the global gas and LNG markets in the near future.

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?

Asia's Future City

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

Asia's rising urbanization presents numerous opportunities for bleeding edge technology deployment. However, at the same time, lack of traditional infrastructure and a variety of problems from traffic congestion and pollution, will only be amplified as droves of people migrate into cities. While most nations plan to address the immediate needs, several have futuristic aspirations for developing digital societies in a future city. In this report, we analyze the key technologies that will address the demands of Asia's future city as well as highlight the key innovators developing them domestically. 

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.