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Benjamin Torda

Next Generation Power More...

September 19, 2019

Buoyant membrane-based floating photovoltaic system

Develops a novel floating photovoltaic (FPV) system using a buoyant polymer fabric membrane to support horizontally oriented solar modules; offers 100 kW, 200 kW, and 500 kW models; claims some manufacturers provide a 20-year warranty Additional claims include lower material and transportation costs... read more.
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Arcstone
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Miraj Mainali

Digital Transformation More...

September 19, 2019

Data integration and application development platform with manufacturing execution system (MES)

Develops a vendor-agnostic manufacturing execution system (MES) that collects data from factory floors and allows users to develop custom applications; connects with various sensors through its own communication protocols or through PLC and SCADA systems; displays data and KPIs on a dashboard and ... read more.
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Optimeering
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Jessica Hernandez

Future Grid More...

September 19, 2019

AI-powered software platform for grid balancing and electricity market monitoring

The company was founded by Gavin Bell, Karan Kathuria, Magnus Hausken, and Erlend Torgnes in 2013; in Q1 2018, the company announced it was raising its first investment round, aiming to gather €2 million (there is no evidence that it closed this round); the company received project development ... read more.
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Petri
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Gihan Hewage

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

September 19, 2019

Synthetic biology accelerator co-owned and founded by mature biotech firms

The company was founded by Boston-based Pillar VC and leaders of various synthetic biology companies, including Twist Bioscience, Ginkgo Bioworks, Asimov, and Beyond Meat, in September 2019. The accelerator has $15 million over three years from Pillar VC to provide founders at least $250,000 in ... read more.
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Relayr
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Shriram Ramanathan

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

September 19, 2019

Dresspack systems and drag chains are frequently used in production plants and large industrial robotic systems to guide data and power cables between the control system, sensors, and actuators. These cables are constantly exposed to high stress due to frequent recurring movements of the associated ... read more.

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Laura Krishfield

Agro Innovation More...

September 19, 2019

Drone technology, AI, and an integrated data platform for scouting fruit orchards

Horticulture management system uses aerial imagery for individual blossom count and yield forecasting of fruit orchards The company uses off-the-shelf unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to collect high-resolution images of small to medium-sized farms (up to 120 acres) Outfield Technologies has received... read more.
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Thomas Hayes

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

September 19, 2019

Produces dairy proteins using synthetic biology techniques

The company was started by Raffael Wohlgensinger (CEO) and Britta Winterberg (CSO), with backgrounds in business and biology, respectively. Among its investors, we highlight Atlantic Food Labs, which as of June 2019 owns a 60% stake in the company (terms of the majority investment are not publicly ... read more.
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Rce technologies
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Danielle Bradnan

Consumer IoT More...

September 18, 2019

Health wearables for cardiovascular care

Founded by Atandra Burman in 2018 and currently raising a $1 million seed round Develops two products, a wireless EKG product for stress testing and remote monitoring and a noninvasive optical sensor to identify heart attack-signaling biomarkers The clothing-mounted EKG product is expected to launch... read more.
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Tacit
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Michael Sullivan

Digital Transformation More...

September 18, 2019

SaaS platform for knowledge sharing and training targeting industrial workers

Offers a SaaS platform providing in-context guidance using a voice assistant and a multimedia streaming user interface that leverages voice recognition, natural language processing search capability, and computer vision for industrial workers while recording collaboration sessions Differentiated by ... read more.
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Organizing for Digital

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: December 2019

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?

Southeast Asia's Energy Startup Ecosystem

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

Under a drastically different economic and technology backdrop, Southeast Asia's energy startup ecosystem has spawned with accessibility, affordability, and reliability as the top priorities in energy. This report will take a look at the region's energy startup ecosystem and identify the key players leading the cause and the unique sets of challenges they face. As the future global center of energy demand, it remains critical to understand the region to find key opportunities to enter the market with a higher success rate.

Innovation Clusters

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: Q4 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.

Decarbonizing the Industrial Sector: Carbon Capture

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

In our recently-published "Decarbonizing the Industrial Sector" report, we introduced carbon capture as a key technology that will allow multiple industrial sectors to decarbonize their operations by capturing CO₂ emissions from point-sources. In this report, we will look at the cost of carbon capture using multiple configurations, as well as the regulatory framework support needed to support the adoption of carbon capture in the industrial sector.

The Modern-day Biotech Business Model

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q4 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

Coverage Areas: Consumer IoT More...

Planned Publication Date: Q4 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. Almost 1 in 3 people in Japan today are aged 65 or older, the highest proportion of any country in the world today. What is happening in Japan today will inevitably occur in many other nations in time. This report will examine Japan as a case study to examine what an aging society looks like and what opportunities and challenges it brings. The findings from this report will enable clients to plan ahead to address an increasingly aging market in many developed and developing economies, especially for elderly care and aging-in-place solutions.

Where and how to find the Green in Green technology

Coverage Areas: Agro Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

Lux covers the potential for sustainability and green technologies to become an alternate source of revenue as concerns regarding environmental impact and risk continue to grow.

How 3D Printing Software Will Accelerate the Development of 3D Printing

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

In the last few years, synergies between the design software space and 3D printing have become increasingly apparent. For example, generative design software takes advantage of 3D printing’s ability to expand manufacturability and vastly enlarges the explorable design candidate space. 3D printing simulation software models the stress profile of a part, and therefore predicts part failure before physically printing it. Within the 3D printing community, we are seeing a trend of 3D printing companies developing and strengthening their software components. Several major examples include Desktop Metal’s software for generative design, Markforged’s cloud-based software for part print optimization, and Arevo’s computer-aided design (CAD) and FEA-based software for 3D printing design and simulation. In this report, we review the most relevant 3D printing software technologies and argue that the formation of a 3D printing software thread (design, simulation, manufacturing, as well as workflow management and data security) with data control through the whole process will be crucial for 3D printing at industrial scale. We expect to see more 3D printing companies either develop their own software strategies or to partner with large software companies in the near future.

Scouting Innovations for Corrosion's Tough Problems

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

Corrosion remains perhaps the most persistent challenge we face in the materials industry. New sustainability regulations are making this even more challenging, by pushing out chrome 6 and limiting the use of solvents. This report will scout early stage technologies, start-ups, and identify corporate approaches to tackling the corrosion challenge.

Innovating the Lithium Industry

Coverage Areas: Energy Storage More...

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

With many automakers heavily invested in battery electric vehicle (BEV) development and more than 1 million vehicles in annual sales, the electric mobility revolution is well underway. Yet even as more and more automakers announce aggressive electrification strategies, challenges facing the lithium industry could have significant impacts on the future battery and BEV markets. This report considers the gap between lithium supply and demand forecasts, the innovative companies looking to address the challenges in producing battery-ready lithium chemicals, and the established incumbents best positioned to take advantage of this critical market opportunity.