Anthony Vicari

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

December 5, 2019

Nanostructured polymer-based coatings

Develops clear polymer coatings with anticorrosion, UV protection, scratch resistance, chemical resistance, self-cleaning, water resistance, anti-icing, and anti-fouling properties; claims its clear coats extend the paint cycle by three times to five times In 2015, switched focus from licensing ... read more.
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Vladimir Roznyatovskiy

Digital Transformation More...

December 4, 2019

Develops superbright, high-resolution microLED displays for next-generation AR glasses

Spun out from IMEC to commercialize GaN-to-silicon die attach for the Augmented Reality market Focuses on microLED display fabrication and its use in AR glasses; claims that the proprietary wafer-to-wafer bonding process developed for wafer sizes greater than 8" makes the process cheaper and higher ... read more.
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Chloe Herrera

The Future of Mobility

December 4, 2019

Compact flying car for vertical take-off and landing

Cartivator is developing the SkyDrive, a folding-wing, two-passenger, battery electric flying car with vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) capabilities. The company was founded in 2012 as a group of volunteers from Tokushima University; volunteers work in academia and the automotive and aviation ... read more.
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Drishti Masand

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

December 4, 2019

Material innovations for consumer packaging applications. Consumer packaging protects consumer goods from damage and serves as a major marketing tool for brands. Innovation in this space is crucial to improving performance, consumer experience, and sustainability but is extremely challenging due to ... read more.

Technology

Cole McCollum

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

December 4, 2019

The ability of machines to interpret and extract information from visual data. Computer vision has quickly matured and is being used to successfully address real-world problems in nearly every industry sector. We expect to continue to see rapid adoption of the technology in a plethora of different ... read more.

Technology

Lewie Roberts

Digital Transformation More...

December 4, 2019

Technology that isolates a user from the real surrounding environment to simulate a computer-generated one. As virtual reality settles in its post-hype state, clients should consider it as a niche tool within the digital toolbox (see Fig. 4). The technology should not be applied for every problem, ... read more.

Technology

Tiffany Hua

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

December 4, 2019

Apparel brand owners frequently search for new textile and fiber innovations to differentiate themselves in the world of fashion. With growing pressure from consumers to offer sustainable options, apparel companies have joined together and have committed to more sustainable practices that reduce ... read more.

Analyst Insight

Laura Krishfield

Agro Innovation More...

December 4, 2019

Gene editing technology for livestock

The company was started by Scott Fahrenkrug (CSO), who previously served as tenured faculty in the Department of Animal Science at the University of Minnesota. So far, the company has raised about $53 million from venture capital and grant funding. Among its investors, we highlight the National ... read more.
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Tim Grejtak

Owning the Energy Transition More...

December 4, 2019

On January 1, 2020, the maritime sector will undergo a sea change in its choice of fuel. Large vessels, such as those that transport the 10 billion tons of cargo between ports each year, have long relied on high-sulfur fuel oil (HSFO, a cheap residual oil) to keep costs down, but concerns about ... read more.

Analyst Insight

Tiffany Hua

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

December 3, 2019

Cationic cotton pretreatment chemistry that increases uptake of dye and reduces water and chemical use

The company was founded by Michael and Eli Harari after meeting textile chemist and Colorzen's technology investor, Tony Leonard, in 2012. The company develops drop-in cationic pretreatment chemistry for cotton that increases uptake of dye by altering the molecular structure and charge of the cotton... read more.
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Water Quality Monitoring: Why, How, and The Future

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition More...

Planned Publication Date: December 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.

Net Zero Energy Buildings and their impact on the grid

Coverage Areas: Future Grid More...

Planned Publication Date: December 2019

Net zero energy buildings (NZEBs) are designed to generate as much energy as they consume and be as energy-efficient as possible. The increased availability of a variety of distributed energy resources in commercial and residential buildings is supporting the growth in deployments of NZEBs. This report looks to quantify the market for NZEBs, analyze the impact that these buildings have on the power grid, and provide a forecast of the future of energy in the built environment.

Analyzing Technical Barriers to Realizing the Hyperloop

Planned Publication Date: December 2019

Hyperloop was first proposed as an alternative to high-speed rail or airplanes for long-distance travel in 2013. Since then, SpaceX's open call for designs has attracted dozens of startups and university groups. As the next Hyperloop Design competition approaches this summer, this report will detail the feasibility of various Hyperloop designs and identify key technical limitations.

Innovation Clusters

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: December 2019

An innovation cluster is a grouping of independent organizations that operates in a specific sector and is designed to stimulate innovative activity. This report will present Lux's methodology for evaluating clusters and identify regional trends in cluster activities. It will conclude with Lux's guidelines on how clients can choose the right innovation cluster partner for their business needs.

The Modern-day Biotech Business Model

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: December 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.

Innovating for a Rapidly Aging Planet: Lessons From Japan and Singapore

Coverage Areas: Consumer IoT More...

Planned Publication Date: December 2019

The world’s population is aging at an alarming pace. Virtually every country in the world is experiencing growth in the number and proportion of older persons in its population. But in no other country is this scenario more evident than in Japan and Singapore. Almost 1 in 3 people in Japan today are aged 65 or older, the highest proportion of any country in the world today. Singapore on the other hand has the highest median life expectancy at 84.8 years, even surpassing Japan and has the fastest growing aging population. What is happening in both these nations will inevitably occur elsewhere in time. This report will examine case studies from both countries and suggest business opportunities to explore. The findings from this report will enable clients to plan ahead to address an increasingly aging market in many developed and developing economies.

The Digital Transformation of Supply Chain Management

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: December 2019

From forecasting to procurement through transportation and customer service, digital technologies are reshaping traditional supply chain management operations. In this report, we will survey the ways digital tools are being developed for and deployed in supply chain management to understand the evolving key uses cases and technologies.

Digital Transformation: 2019 Review and 2020 predictions

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: January 2020

In this report, we will review key happenings in the digital space in 2019 and outline our top predictions for digital transformation 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.

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.