Abhirabh Basu

Owning the Energy Transition More...

November 14, 2019

Advanced membranes and membrane distillation systems for small-to-medium-volume ZLD

Bootstrapped company developing advanced hollow-fiber PVDF membranes, which are highly hydrophobic, prevent pore wetting, and are robust to solvents and operate at high temperatures Membranes are used in membrane distillation systems with limited pretreatment; system recycles 95% water and can ... read more.
Company Profile

Mia Lu

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

November 14, 2019

Rapid bacteriophage test kits for determination of fecal and viral pollution in water, food, and biosolids

The company was started by University of Barcelona researchers Joan Jofre, Francisco Lucena, and Anicet Blanch along with Enric Queralt, an environmental geologist and seasoned entrepreneur in the water sector, as a spinoff from the university. So far, the company has raised about $1.2 million in ... read more.
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Venkatesh Konanur

Digital Transformation More...

November 14, 2019

Siemens, as a megaconglomerate, develops a suite of machinery for different industry verticals, including for a specialized unit within it for electric aviation. The company manufactures different configurations of the power unit that propel electric aircraft. These power units are often constrained... read more.

Case Study

Benjamin Torda

Future Grid More...

November 14, 2019

Remote microgrid management platform and EPC services

The company was started by Sujay Malve, building on his solar and wind business development background in the Asia-Pacific region; in 2018, the company raised more than SG$1 million (US$735,000) in Series A financing (from investors including engineering services company CMR Group). The company ... read more.
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Miraj Mainali

Digital Transformation More...

November 14, 2019

Computer vision-based object identification and authentication

The company was founded by Scot Land (president), David Ross (chief scientist), and David Kim (former VP); the founders draw on expertise in computer vision and experience in corporate business development from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Calera, Ernst & Young, InVision Technologies (acquired ... read more.
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Christopher Robinson

Energy Storage More...

November 14, 2019

Electric vehicles with battery swapping

Flymove was created as a spinout of Equiventia Capital Partners in 2018 to commercialize electric vehicles and supporting infrastructure. The company is a developer of electric vehicles with battery packs designed for swapping; its vehicles include a small city vehicle, a sports car, and a racing ... read more.
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Katrina Westerhof

Digital Transformation

November 14, 2019

With pervasive connectivity, cheap sensing, and the rise of advanced analytics, industries that have not traditionally been digital-forward are seeing rapid, transformative change as they collect and use more data than ever before and as their product ecosystems become digitized. As digital becomes ... read more.

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Chloe Herrera

Energy Storage More...

November 14, 2019

Flexible Li-ion battery company

The company was founded in 2016 by Ming Xie, Ph.D., who in the same year also founded parent company Enerol Nanotechnologies, developer of a range of wearables. BattFlex claims to have received $250,000 from the People's Republic of China and to have achieved more than 1 million units in sales. The ... read more.
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Laura Krishfield

Agro Innovation More...

November 14, 2019

Disease diagnostic tests for bovine livestock

The company was started by Rudy Rodriguez (chief scientific officer), who was the vice president of research and development for BD Worldwide's Primary Care Diagnostics Division prior to starting Advanced Animal Diagnostics (AAD). So far, the company has raised about $41.8 million in venture capital... read more.
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Anthony Schiavo

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

November 14, 2019

Plastic waste is the highest-profile issue facing the chemicals industry today, and major materials and chemicals companies have responded by making a dizzying flurry of commitments, investments, and partnerships in advanced recycling tech. To help clients unravel this space, we put together the ... read more.

Analyst Insight

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.

Metal 3D printing Segmentation for Emerging Applications

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: December 2019

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.

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.

Beyond Made in China 2025: China's Move Up the Global Innovation Value Chain

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: January 2020

Made in China 2025 is the most important government policy set to transform China into a global innovation leader in the next five years. With roadmaps for developing domestic capabilities in electricity, agriculture, advanced materials, new energy vehicles, robotics, information technology, aerospace, rail, marine engineering, and medicine, the country is currently transforming itself in order to move up the global value chain across ten major industry sectors. But what about beyond 2025? Several technologies possess potential to transform the world beyond the five year time frame. In this report, we analyze hundreds of technologies generated by the Lux Intelligence Engine data platform to identify the key technologies and players driving China's move up the global innovation value chain and determine how domestic players fare against their global peers.

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.

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.

Harnessing the Power of Plant Proteins

Coverage Areas: Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

Planned Publication Date: January 2020

Plant proteins are, and will continue to be, a key near-term opportunity within the realm of alternative proteins for the food industry. In the last three years, second generation proteins like peas, chickpeas, and oats have risen in dominance, signaling the diversification of plant-based protein sources beyond soy. In addition to differences in quality between protein-rich crops, the realities of agricultural production are relevant considerations, and there are further regional differences complicating the space. Companies across the agrifood ecosystem need to engage productively with plant proteins, both as competitive threats to existing animal protein businesses and as opportunities for new business growth.

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.

Electrochemicals - What Will It Take for Electricity to Deliver the Final Blow to Oil?

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: February 2020

Electrochemical conversion is a key technology that will allow the chemical industry to decarbonize its operations by replacing fossil-based feedstock with low-carbon alternatives produced from renewable electricity. In this report, we will look at the cost of electrifying key industrial processes, including but not limited to methanol production and ammonia synthesis, as well as the regulatory framework support needed to support the adoption of electrochemical technologies in the industrial sector.