Chloe Holzinger

Energy Storage More...

November 6, 2019

Low-cost stationary storage systems that generate electricity via osmosis

AquaBattery is developing stationary storage systems that generate electricity via allowing osmosis to take place; the company has focused its development on two potential products: the BlueBattery and the GreenBattery. The BlueBattery has two vats, one of distilled water (H₂O) and one of ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Tim Grejtak

Energy Storage More...

November 6, 2019

U.K. startup developing hybrid gas/liquid flow batteries for stationary energy storage

The company is a developer of a hybrid gas/liquid flow battery, specifically hydrogen gas and either vanadium, cerium, or manganese liquid electrolytes. Key differentiating claims of the company include a pathway to very low-cost flow battery systems by halving the amount of liquid electrolyte ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Tim Grejtak

Alternative Fuels More...

November 6, 2019

PEM fuel cell systems and hydrogen supply for industrial vehicles

Manufactures 50 W to 30 kW PEM fuel cells for a wide range of industrial applications, such as drones, robots, materials handling equipment, and on-road commercial vehicles Sells drive units outright to customers and claims a less than two-year payback period or provides customers a power purchase ... read more.
Company Profile

Vladimir Roznyatovskiy

Digital Transformation More...

November 6, 2019

Develops formulation chemistry for QD applications

Founded by Yu Kambe and Dmitri Talapin in 2019 based on research work done at the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory Develops photocleavable ligands for quantum dots (QDs) and their use in QD color converter applications Claims to achieve 2 µm patterning resolution while ... read more.
Company Profile

Vladimir Roznyatovskiy

Digital Transformation More...

November 6, 2019

As mobile display sizes continue to increase, innovation activity in flexible displays remains high, as demonstrated by the Lux Tech Signal below. As we pointed out before, materials challenges remain and have caused high-profile setbacks like the recent Samsung Fold delay. These challenges have ... read more.

Analyst Insight

Nardev Ramanathan

Digital Health and Wellness More...

November 5, 2019

Digital management of chronic respiratory diseases

RespiFit is an early-stage startup, founded in 2018 with around €35,000 in seed funding Core technology is based on a predictive and personalized product that monitors and manages chronic respiratory disease based on patients' exposure and symptom histories by providing actionable preventative and ... read more.
Company Profile

Drishti Masand

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

November 5, 2019

Fiber-based thermal packaging materials manufacturer

The company was founded in 2015 to develop thermal packaging solutions, focusing on cold chain packaging. The core technology (ClimaCell) is a fiber-based material to replace expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam; the fibers used to produce the insulating material include jute, recycled denim, cotton, ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Cole McCollum

Digital Transformation

November 5, 2019

Given the massive amounts of hype and promise surrounding AI and related technologies such as machine learning, it’s become increasingly difficult to make critical innovation and investment decisions in the space. In the rush to develop new AI projects, many are taking a technology-first approach by... read more.

State of the Market Report

Patricia Seoane da Silva

Next Generation Power More...

November 5, 2019

Portable wind turbine for remote power generation

Develops a 10 kW portable wind turbine for remote power generation; this turbine can be shipped in standard ISO containers and installed on-site without specialized equipment or a trained workforce – requiring around one hour per person according to the company; in terms of cost, the company ... read more.
Company Profile

How to organize for materials informatics

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2020

The potential of materials informatics (MI) to change the way R&D is done within chemical and material companies — and by their customers — is becoming increasingly clear. Lux has highlighted potential MI strategies and the importance of consortia or other collaborations to increase acess to data, but having the right internal organization to make strategic use of this data, and the new business models and MI can enable, can be just as critical. This report provides a guideline on how to form an internal MI strategy, laying out the key steps and questions to ask, as well as the potential pitfalls to avoid.

How 3D printing replaces conventional manufacturing

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2020

Dental, medical, and aerospace industries are among the first adopters of 3D printing technologies for final part production -- and new applications are emerging in industries like footwear and automotive. This report summarizes the most promising 3D printing applications in these industries and highlights the most suitable materials, 3D printing technologies, and business models for each application. It highlights the impact on the 3D printing market size, and discusses the unmet needs of the current systems to serve for these areas

Diversification of the Pulp & Paper Industry

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2020

Decades ago, graphic paper was a powerhouse, its global demand growth consistently outpacing GDP growth. Things have changed: The majority of inefficient paper mills have already been shut down, and others are now seeing a shift towards packaging and specialty products. In this report, we will explore new innovation needs and opportunties in the modern pulp and paper industry, from diversification into flexible paper packaging and nanocellulose products to progress on converting long-standing biomass waste sources like lignin.

The Future of Automotive Lightweighting

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2020

Lightweighting is one of the most promising routes to improved automotive fuel efficiency, including for promoting vehicle electrification. This report surveys the lightweighting options from materials to design, assesses which will have the greatest commercial impact, and evaluates how they're interact with other critical auto industry trends like vehicle autonomy, connectivity, and novel ownership models.

Materials & Manufacturing in an Age of Mass Customization

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2020

In the age of mass customization, brand owners are looking for tech-driven ways to provide more personalized experiences to consumers. This evolving landscape will have lasting implications on how products are being manufactured and the materials being used to manufacture them. This report gives our take on technologies being developed to provide more custom products to consumers and how materials producers can position themselves to avoid the risk of getting left behind.

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?