Benjamin Torda

Energy Storage More...

January 22, 2020

This insight is part of the Lux Energy Team’s Year in Review series examining the highlights and key developments of the energy industry in 2019. For an overview of the entire energy ecosystem, see the hottest energy topics and highlights across four key storylines. For deep dives into particular ... read more.

Analyst Insight

Christopher Robinson

Owning the Energy Transition More...

January 22, 2020

Aircraft powered by hydrogen fuel cells

ZeroAvia develops fuel cell powertrains for small aircraft, first targeting 10- to 20-person aircraft. The company was founded by Val Miftakhov, founder and former CEO of eMotorWerks, and has raised approximately $4 million to date. The company is currently testing key systems using a Piper M-Class ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Harini Venkataraman

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

January 21, 2020

Microalgae-based ingredients for food and cosmetic applications

The company was founded by Arnaud Muller-Feuga (CSO), a former researcher at the French oceanographic institution IFREMER; Vincent Usache is the current CEO of the company. So far, the company has raised about $36.7 million, including a recent funding round of $32 million in July 2019. Among its ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Harini Venkataraman

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

January 21, 2020

Plant-based meat analog products

The company was founded by Christoph Jenny, Eric Stirnemann, Lukas Böni, and Pascal Bieried as a spinoff from ETH Zurich. So far, the company has raised about $7 million from a seed round in 2019. Among its investors, we highlight Blue Horizon Corporation, Hiltl AG, Good Seed Ventures, Mica Ventures... read more.
Company Snapshot

Miraj Mainali

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

January 21, 2020

Automated visual inspection of wind turbine blades using aerial drones

Provides a drone-based inspection service to detect defects in wind turbine blades using computer vision and deep learning algorithms Claims differentiation in the ability of its inspection system to detect faults as small as 0.4 mm and with an accuracy of 98%; uses human-in-the-loop for analysis of... read more.
Company Profile

Cole McCollum

Digital Transformation More...

January 21, 2020

Enterprise search for scientific data in research and development and manufacturing organizations

Develops a platform that enables researchers and engineers to search for structured or unstructured information using natural language queries or images, automatically answer questions, and perform data analyses within the platform Claims that its platform can cut down the time involved in manually ... read more.
Company Profile

Tugce Uslu

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

January 21, 2020

Metal 3D printing technology using a deposition head that can print with both wire and powder

The company was founded by Additec and Sicnova (Spain), which are both 3D printer manufacturers; Meltio has offices in Spain and the U.S. The company develops a metal 3D printing technology that uses a deposition head capable of building parts from wire and powder simultaneously, without the need ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Tugce Uslu

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

January 21, 2020

Automated post-processing solutions for 3D-printed polymer parts

The company was founded by Felix Ewald and Philipp Kramer in 2013 in Germany; the company also has its North America subsidiary in Austin, Texas. To date, the company has raised about a total of $5 million in funding over a Series A round in 2018. Among its investors, we highlight AM Ventures and ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Chad Goldberg

Alternative Fuels More...

January 21, 2020

Hydrogen- and battery-powered train developer

Spacetrain is developing a hydrogen- and battery-powered train that levitates via air cushion technology The company intends for an average vehicle speed of 310 mph (500 kph) with a range of ~370 miles (600 km) before needing additional fuel Each 60-passenger vehicle will utilize 15 150 kW hydrogen ... read more.
Company Profile

Thomas Hayes

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

January 21, 2020

Plant-based protein isolates

The company was initially formed in 1998 as a holdings company to acquire assets, properties, and businesses; since then, it has put its focus exclusively on plant-based proteins. Burcon is publicly listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "BU". The company develops plant-based protein ... read more.
Company Snapshot

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.

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.

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.

Industrial Wastewater Market Trends and Opportunities

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition More...

Planned Publication Date: February 2020

This report will cover a market size of the major heavy industrial wastewater markets in North America. This will also include an analysis on which markets are the most attractive in terms of growth opportunities versus barrier to entry.

Decarbonizing the global energy trade

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: February 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.

Emerging Materials Opportunities for the Apparel Industry

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: February 2020

The apparel industry is a huge market for polymers, coatings, dyes, and more, but the low cost tolerance and fast development cycles make materials innovation a challenge. However, there are increasing demands for sustainable products, differentiation, more functional clothing, and cleaner manufacturing. All this creates new opportunities for materials innovation; this report will highlight the most promising areas.

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.