Chloe Herrera

Energy Storage More...

January 17, 2020

Rechargeable, thin-film, flexible batteries using zinc anodes and solid-state electrolytes

Imprint Energy develops printed, flexible, thin-film solid-state batteries with a zinc anode, manganese dioxide cathode, and undisclosed solid polymer electrolyte; customers may customize the battery to fit their needs The company is currently focused on refining its printing process technologies ... read more.
Company Profile

Chloe Herrera

Energy Storage More...

January 17, 2020

The theme of energy storage in 2019 was expansion. Various players made moves to dominate the Li-ion battery space by announcing plans to commercialize NMC 811, secure raw material sourcing contracts, or rapidly expand manufacturing capacity goals. Automotive companies pushed for innovation by ... read more.

Analyst Insight

Lewie Roberts

Digital Transformation

January 17, 2020

Quantum computing hardware and software

Origin Quantum claims to be a full-stack quantum computing company, developing quantum chips, quantum measurement and control systems, quantum software, quantum cloud services, and quantum artificial intelligence; it offers access to all of its products through cloud services. To date, the company ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Laura Krishfield

Agro Innovation More...

January 17, 2020

Bacteriophage platform technology for animal health industries

The company was started by Jarosław Dastych, Ph.D. (CEO), whose background is in immunology, toxicology, and molecular biology applied to medicine. So far, the company has raised about $12 million through grants and $4.12 million from a Series A funding round in 2017. Among its investors, we ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Nardev Ramanathan

Consumer IoT More...

January 16, 2020

Digital healthcare app and mobile OS developer for health insurers

The company was founded by Sebastian Gaudin, Jan Velich, and Neil Liang. So far, the company has raised about $13.1 million in five rounds of funding, the most recent being a Series A round in August 2019. Among its investors, we emphasize LUN Partners Group, which led the most recent Series A round... read more.
Company Snapshot

Jerrold Wang

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

January 16, 2020

As the largest consumer electronics event of the year, CES 2020 has caught attention worldwide from technology developers of AI, 5G, IoT, robotics, consumer electronics, healthcare, and transportation, as well as mass media and consumers. Lux attended this event and saw a variety of new products and... read more.

Analyst Insight

Chloe Herrera

Energy Storage More...

January 16, 2020

Vertically integrated vanadium redox flow battery company

Bushveld Energy is a subsidiary of Bushveld Minerals, implementing vanadium redox flow batteries (VRFB) to provide stationary storage options in sub-Saharan Africa. Bushveld supports all activities in producing VRFB, including mining, processing, electrolyte and battery manufacturing, and marketing ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Chloe Herrera

Energy Storage More...

January 16, 2020

It has been another big year for Li-ion battery manufacturing capacity expansions. Despite an impending legal battle with LG Chem over stolen intellectual property, SK Innovation announced a production capacity goal of 100 GWh in 2025. Car manufacturers and battery makers formed notable partnerships... read more.

Analyst Insight

Venkatesh Konanur

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

January 16, 2020

In November 2019, Draper Labs announced that it had developed a novel lidar system that directly measures the instantaneous velocity of objects while requiring much lower power than existing lidar technologies. While it's not the first system of its type, the product leverages a novel concept called... read more.

Analyst Insight

Yuan-Sheng Yu

Owning the Energy Transition

January 16, 2020

With so much activity in 2019, the Lux Research Energy Team has distilled a year’s worth of information, and this report highlights the top news, technology developers, and questions that you and your peers asked Lux Research about in 2019. This report is not designed as a ranking list but instead ... read more.

State of the Market Report

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.

The Digital Transformation of Chemicals

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: February 2020

As digital innovations penetrate the physical industries, they threaten to upend the products, processes, value chains, and customer relationships of incumbents. In this report, we'll examine the impact of digital transformation on the chemicals industry, highlighting digital use cases in R&D, manufacturing, logistics, sales, and beyond.

Water Infrastructure in the Developing World

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition More...

Planned Publication Date: February 2020

The main opportunity for innovation in water infrastructure exists in developing countries, because they are not hampered by difficult-to-replace legacy infrastructure. This report looks into the developments and describes what technologies are actually being deployed, and why.

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.

Quantum computing for chemicals and materials

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: February 2020

Many of the earliest practical applications of quantum computing are related to the technology's potential to simulate systems (of limited size) at a quantum level. While this opens up exciting applications, that excitement must be tempered with the limitations of an extremely early-stage technology. In this report, we examine how quantum computing will play a role in chemicals and materials industries over the coming years.

The Natural Language Processing and Knowledge Management Opportunity

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: March 2020

Organizations are built upon the exchange and synthesis of vast amounts of information from both internal and external stakeholders. However, much of this information goes uncaptured digitally and that which does often exists in unstructured formats such as emails, documents, and reports that make it difficult to process and analyze for insights. Emerging AI tools like natural language processing (NLP) offer new capabilities to automatically capture, interpret, and communicate information at a low-cost and massive scale thereby unlocking significant opportunities to improve the efficiency of processes, uncover and manage knowledge, and enable new business models. This report will lay out the landscape of NLP tools and capabilities available, analyze the new opportunities enabled by these tools, and forecast where the space is heading.

EV Inflection Tracker: 2020 Edition

Coverage Areas: Energy Storage More...

Planned Publication Date: March 2020

Electric vehicles are no longer a niche segment of the automotive industry, approaching 2 million in annual sales. Automakers are now committing billions toward securing raw materials and battery supplies, designing platforms, and building manufacturing capacity for electrified vehicles. However, as governments around the world roll back subsidies while tightening environmental regulations and forcing automakers to sell electric vehicles, automakers face the challenge of making electric vehicles profitably at a large scale. This report analyzes a decade of electric vehicle data to determine how electric vehicles compete with performance from internal combustion engines on metrics like range, price, charging speed, and others.

Harnessing the Power of Plant Proteins

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

Planned Publication Date: March 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.

Where and how to find the Green in Green technology

Coverage Areas: Agro Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: March 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.

Digital Therapeutics

Coverage Areas: Consumer IoT More...

Planned Publication Date: March 2020

Digital therapeutics are a key element of the ongoing digital transformation of healthcare. These tools support personalized yet scalable health services, which is critical where high costs and accessibility represent barriers to quality healthcare. This report will outline the landscape of digital therapeutics, demystify the challenges that they face, and provide an outlook on the future role of digital therapeutics in the healthcare landscape.