Kristin Marshall

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

February 28, 2020

Superabsorbent polymers (SAPs) from starch-based feedstock

Uses reactive extrusion to convert charge-modified starch to superabsorbent polymers (SAPs); can tune the resulting SAPs for varying performance requirements and claims its SAPs are biodegradable and have improved properties over other starch-based SAPs Uses petroleum-based charged modifiers, so the... read more.
Company Profile

Xiao Zhong

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

February 28, 2020

While we highlighted some of the questions clients ask the most in materials informatics in a recent insight, here we would like address another one: the difference between chemical informatics and materials informatics. Many clients have asked this question, and we thought this write-up could ... read more.

Analyst Insight

Joshua Haslun

Agro Innovation More...

February 28, 2020

Nitrogen enrichment of organic wastes with nitric oxides for agriculture inputs

Takes electricity, air, and an organic fracture in liquid form and enriches and stabilizes that content with nitrogen, fixed from the atmosphere The process not only enriches the final product with double the nitrogen but also decreases ammonia volatilization, methane production, and nitrous oxide ... read more.
Company Profile

Mia Lu

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

February 28, 2020

Nutrient removal and recovery from wastewaters using microalgae

The company was founded by CEO Dan Murray, an environmental scientist experienced in working with algae. So far, the company has raised about $2.6 million, including a recent venture round of about $900,000 led by Mercia's MEIF Proof-of-Concept & Early Stage Fund and the University of Bristol ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Yuan-Sheng Yu

Alternative Fuels More...

February 27, 2020

In the grand scheme of global CO2 emissions, the aviation sector is a minor contributor, with an approximate 2% share. Within the transportation sector, aviation is also dwarfed by its passenger vehicle and heavy-duty vehicle counterparts. However, the outlook in the coming decades is drastically ... read more.

Case Study

Abhirabh Basu

Owning the Energy Transition More...

February 27, 2020

Smart water monitoring systems

Phyn is joint venture between Finnish plumbing giant Uponor and Belkin; started in 2016, the company has commercialized a smart water system that identifies and tracks water usage and prevents bursts, leaks, and other forms of pipe damage Its core technology is a patented pressure sensor that ... read more.
Company Profile

Josh Kern

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

February 27, 2020

Graphical user interface for industrial robot programming

So far, the company has raised about $41.8 million over three rounds, with investors including Canaan Partners, RRE Ventures, Eniac Ventures, Emerald Development Managers, and Drive Capital. The company makes a graphical programming interface for industrial and collaborative robotic arms, along with... read more.
Company Snapshot

Arnold Bos and Carlos Gonzalez

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

February 27, 2020

Single-layer graphene oxide and CVD-grown graphene films

Sells graphene oxide (GO) and reduced GO dispersions and powders, in addition to graphene films on silicon, copper, polyethylene terephthalate (PET), quartz, gold, alumina, silver, and sapphire substrates Produces GO through chemical exfoliation; also grows graphene films from a methane precursor ... read more.
Company Profile

Danielle Bradnan

Digital Health and Wellness More...

February 27, 2020

Mental health app that gamifies different mental health management techniques

Litesprite offers a mental health app that leverages gamification strategies to teach and strengthen skill to manage mental illness The app is world-driven and allows users to explore via an avatar called "Socks the Fox" as the user practices skills The company is still in beta/research stages and ... read more.
Company Profile

Joshua Haslun

Agro Innovation More...

February 27, 2020

Agriculture biologicals subsidiary of Evogene

Lavie Bio is a subsidiary of Evogene, and Corteva Agriscience owns a 28% equity stake in the company It maintains database of 130,000 strains connected to plant phenotype and environmental data, which it uses along with publicly available strain information to identify functional attributes ... read more.
Company Profile

Scouting Innovations for Corrosion's Tough Problems

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: March 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.

Net Zero Energy Buildings and their impact on the grid

Coverage Areas: Future Grid More...

Planned Publication Date: March 2020

Net zero energy buildings (NZEBs) are designed to generate as much energy as they consume and be as energy-efficient as possible. The increased availability of a variety of distributed energy resources in commercial and residential buildings is supporting the growth in deployments of NZEBs. This report looks to quantify the market for NZEBs, analyze the impact that these buildings have on the power grid, and provide a forecast of the future of energy in the built environment.

Innovating the Lithium Industry

Coverage Areas: Energy Storage More...

Planned Publication Date: March 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.

Decarbonizing the global energy trade

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: March 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.

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.

Connecting the Dots: The Impact of Industrial and Power Decarbonization on LNG Demand

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: March 2020

Natural gas is often touted as the fuel that will power the ongoing energy transition. Several energy companies such as Shell, Total, and Qatar Petroleum have committed to expand their gas and LNG businesses, with the latter even quitting OPEC in its pursuit for gas. However, as industrial demand sectors such as power, steel manufacturing, paper, residential heating, gradually move towards disruptive, low carbon solutions such as hydrogen, heat pumps, and electric heating, the outlook for gas needs to be revisited. In this report, we connect the dots between the various pieces of the broader energy system and analyze the collateral impact of emerging technologies on LNG markets in the near future.

Industrial Wastewater Market Trends and Opportunities

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition More...

Planned Publication Date: April 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.

Framing the Water-Energy-Food Nexus: Current Status, Opportunities, and Challenges

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

Planned Publication Date: April 2020

Food, water, and energy are critical resources, and share intimate connections. This connection forms a nexus, with actions in one sector influencing the others. Historically, policy and strategy makers have often considered these systems independently, disregarding their inter-dependency. Growing concerns on the affordability and accessibility of resources, driven by climate change and population growth, are making it increasingly important to understand the impacts and influences each of these sectors has on its counterparts in the nexus. This report will discuss the current state of the water-energy-food nexus, looking into its benefits for corporations, and barriers to successfully navigating; it will highlight successful strategies by companies using the nexus for more efficient and sustainable resource management.

AR-enabling data processing and software components

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: April 2020

Immersive and realistic overlay of virtual content onto a real-world image requires not only sophisticated hardware elements but also data processing. This study will dive into the necessary software components that enable AR experiences, describing critical computation steps such as simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM), eye tracking, and image recognition for face, object, and gesture detections. We’ll also highlight various applications and developers that use these software elements in specific use-cases

EV Inflection Tracker: 2020 Edition

Coverage Areas: Energy Storage More...

Planned Publication Date: April 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.