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Lessons from 2019 and Projections for 2020 in Agrifood and Health

Coverage Areas: Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health

Planned Publication Date: January 2020

Throughout the year, urgent daily challenges frequently crowd out important, longer term thinking, but only by taking a step back do the individual events coalesce into broader trends and themes. This report examines the significant, relevant trends that embodied the year 2019 in agrifood and health innovation, and looks ahead to how 2020 is shaping up.

Water Quality Monitoring: Why, How, and The Future

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition More...

Planned Publication Date: January 2020

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.

Industrial Power Symbiosis: Finding Cost-Effective Cases for On-Site Power Generation

Coverage Areas: Future Grid More...

Planned Publication Date: January 2020

When and how will industrial customers of electricity find it most cost-effective to source their own electricity from on-site generators? This report will match power generation technologies with the industries that can benefit from their use and secondary benefits, such as heat and hydrogen production.

Metal 3D printing Segmentation for Emerging Applications

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: January 2020

This report will analyze the technical capabilities of existing metal 3D printers to: 1) define common use cases; 2) highlight further development areas; and 3) emphasize the caveats of metal 3D printing applications.

2020 Vision: Top Materials Developments in 2019 and What to Look for in 2020

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: January 2020

2019 was an eventful year in materials as issues of sustainability and plastic waste issues became a massive concern, digital challenges like materials informatics and data-driven business models continued to grow in popularity, new material platforms like metamaterials and applications like 5G rose -- all while corporate M&A and strategic venturing continued apace. This report reviews some of the biggest developments while looking forward to trends to watch in 2020.

Decarbonizing the global energy trade

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: January 2020

As renewable energy generation grows to meet decarbonization goals, so do concerns about overgeneration and curtailment. Hydrogen is increasingly seen as means to reduce curtailment by shuttling energy that would otherwise be wasted on the grid to other sectors like industry and transportation – a practice called sector coupling. While sector coupling may help curtailment, it doesn’t address the myriad regions that lack the land area or resource potential like Japan or the Netherlands to overbuild solar and wind generation. These regions instead must find a means to import renewable energy cheaply to realize decarbonization goals. In this report, we will highlight the challenges of sector coupling and provide a framework to identify the best energy vectors to import and export renewable energy.

Applications and impacts of bioinformatics across the agrifood and health ecosystem

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: January 2020

Building on the first phase of Lux's thematic coverage of bioinformatics, the second phase explores the applications and impacts of this technology on the agrifood and health ecosystem through the lens of subjective and objective analyses. Applications and impacts are broken down for agriculture, food, and health and future recommendations of engagement in the space outlined.

Owning the Energy Transition: Key Storylines and Predictions for 2020

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: January 2020

Over the past two years Lux Research has tracked the energy transition through four key storylines – Power Grid of the Future, Evolution of Oil and Gas, Future Energy Sources for Mobility, Carbon and Emissions Management. As with all stories, the narrative evolves over time and the energy transition is no different. The rise of renewable energy and electric vehicles will lead to significant changes the energy system has not been seen in over a century. Through this change comes new challenges and opportunities as the pace of the energy transition varies by industry, technology, and timeline. To capture this evolution, the storylines inevitably change as well. This report introduces the four new storylines for the energy transition and the team gives its predictions for key developments and trends in 2020.

The Digital Transformation of Warehousing and Logistics

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: February 2020

Supply chain's across industries struggle with the fundamental issues of visibility, reliability, and agility. These challenges get further compounded due to the global spread of complex supply chains, slowdown in global economic growth, and broader sustainability goals. On top of that- customers across the board are now more demanding with regards to lead times, reverse logistics, and product customization in the era of e-commerce. Starting off with the downstream end of the supply chain, this report discusses the novel solutions digital technologies bring to warehouses and logistics that could solve the perennial issues of supply chains while also highlighting emerging players, and case studies for a deeper insight.

Innovative manufacturing methods to shift production costs and customize products on demand

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: February 2020

This report will delve into the many ways manufacturers are shifting away from the traditional high-volume, centralized production model in order to lower per unit costs and respond to product diversity and customization. Methods examined will include adaptive manufacturing, distributed manufacturing, and flexible manufacturing, as well as lessons learned from emerging generative design and product simulation methods and their implications for production. The different methods will be defined and analyzed for value, fit to industry sector and business model innovation and readiness.