Michael Holman and Cosmin Laslau

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

October 18, 2019

What technologies will you be following this year that have the greatest potential to transform the world over the next decade? Each year, we ask our analysts this question. We also investigate the same question using the Lux Intelligence Engine data platform. This report on the 20 transformational ... read more.

State of the Market Report

Jerrold Wang

Consumer IoT More...

October 18, 2019

Off-grid connectivity solutions for smartphones and other devices

The company was started by Daniela Perdomo and Jorge Perdomo in 2012 to develop scalable mobile mesh network solutions for applications where satellite, cellular, and Wi-Fi signals are impractical; since its founding, the company has raised more than $40 million in VC funding, and some of the ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Jerrold Wang

Consumer IoT More...

October 18, 2019

Multimodal human-computer interaction for applications in smart home, marketing, healthcare, and vehicles

Develops a cloud-based human-machine interaction engine that uses deep learning, computer vision, natural language processing (NLP), voice recognition, and knowledge graphs to understand users' input and provide answers and feedback Develops a deep learning processor that realizes edge computing on ... read more.
Company Profile

Lewie Roberts

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

October 18, 2019

Autonomous last-mile delivery

Develops Level 4 automated last-mile delivery vans, equipping vehicles with its own autonomous technology developed with Baidu from the Apollo software platform Baidu provides a base layer of software on top of which Udelv adds two features that the company claims differentiate it; the first unique ... read more.
Company Profile

Joshua Haslun

Agro Innovation More...

October 18, 2019

Automated irrigation control systems

Founded in 2017 by two agronomists, Sara Gonçalves and Francisco Manso Develops automated irrigation control systems that schedule irrigation based upon predictive optimization of user-specified parameters Develops relationships with retailers and manufacturers of irrigation controllers to either ... read more.
Company Profile

Joshua Haslun

Agro Innovation More...

October 18, 2019

Water-insoluble micronutrients and phosphate slow-release fertilizer

The product was developed by Chandrika Varadachari (CTO). The company has not released funding information. The company is a developer of inorganic fertilizer nutrients insoluble in water and instead requiring dilute organic acids or chelates for solubility; the company claims nutrient release by ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Yuan-Sheng Yu

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

October 18, 2019

Singapore is consistently in the conversation when discussing the world's most innovative countries. In 2019, Singapore ranked eighth in the World Intellectual Property Organization's (WIPO) annual Global Innovation Index and placed sixth in the annual Bloomberg Innovation Index. According to the ... read more.

Analyst Insight

Abhirabh Basu

Owning the Energy Transition More...

October 17, 2019

Digital wastewater services

Waterwerx was founded in 2013 in Victoria, Australia, and is led by General Manager Alastair Lockey; the company has not publicly disclosed funding information. The company makes STREAMWISE, a real-time systems optimization software for wastewater treatment; it particularly targets dissolved air ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Abhirabh Basu

Owning the Energy Transition More...

October 17, 2019

Packaged, decentralized wastewater systems for commercial and industrial reuse

The company was founded by Amrit Om Nayak, Krunal Patel, and Aditya Vemuganti, graduates from the University of Washington, Seattle; Abhijit VVR, a graduate of BITS Pilani; and Sri Teja Allaparthi, an IIT Hyderabad graduate; CEO Amrit has experience in the clean energy and automobile sectors, having... read more.
Company Snapshot

Mia Lu

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

October 17, 2019

AI-driven platform for supporting decision-making in operating and managing water networks

The company was started by Jorge Helmbrecht, its managing director and a civil engineer with a focus on water resource management, out of a collaboration between Inclam Group, a water engineering and consulting firm, and Eurecat, a Catalonian technology center. The company is a developer of an ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Quantum computing for chemicals and materials

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

Many of the earliest practical applications of quantum computing are related to the technology's potential to simulate systems (of limited size) at a quantum level. While this opens up exciting applications, that excitement must be tempered with the limitations of an extremely early-stage technology. In this report, we examine how quantum computing will play a role in chemicals and materials industries over the coming years.

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?