Cecilia Gee

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

February 24, 2020

While 80% to 90% of wind turbine components can be recycled or sold, turbine blades present a different story. Unfortunately, the economics of dealing with waste turbine blades are unfavorable. Blades are usually fiberglass – a material that has little value after use and where the lack of ... read more.

Analyst Insight

Mia Lu

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

February 22, 2020

Hydropowered sensor platform for leak detection and pressure management

The company was started by Mulundu Sichone, a mechanical engineer and entrepreneur who has since served as its CEO, and Felix Müller, who had formerly been a startup consultant and left Pydro in 2017; Miguel Linares, who has a background in mechanical engineering, joined the company as CTO in early ... read more.
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Jerrold Wang

Consumer IoT More...

February 21, 2020

Smart skiing system that consists of sensors on body and skis, software analytic tools, and a smartphone app

The company was founded by Martin Kawalski and Piotr Lukasik in Switzerland to develop a smart skiing system that helps consumers analyze their skiing skills; between 2016 and 2018, the company raised several rounds of investment funding, with undisclosed amounts from Intel Capital, Swiss Startup ... read more.
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Jerrold Wang

Consumer IoT More...

February 21, 2020

Smart retail platform based on camera and thermal sensor as well as digital signage solution with real-time adjustable content

Smart retail platform includes an edge computing device called AiCE and an online system; AiCE consists of a smart camera and thermal sensor to collect consumers' demographic and behavioral data Developed a digital signage technology that can detect how deeply the consumer is interested in the ... read more.
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Charles Willard

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

February 21, 2020

Developing a glycolysis-based depolymerization process

The company was founded by a joint venture between Green Lizard Technologies, Panima Capital, and Abundia Industries in December 2018 under the name Apeiron Plastics Limited; while Panima Capital and Abundia Industries are investment and capital management groups, GLT is a spinout of Queen's ... read more.
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Chloe Herrera

Owning the Energy Transition

February 21, 2020

Battery separators and current collectors with a focus on Li-ion battery safety

Develops and licenses battery separators and current collectors; also leads a consortium of battery developers and manufacturers to enable Li-ion battery technology adoption Co-founded by Brian Morin, who previously founded Dreamweaver International and developed its separator technology; Carl Hu, ... read more.
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Lewie Roberts

Digital Transformation

February 21, 2020

Quantum machine learning software

Rahko develops quantum machine learning (QML) software for near-term quantum computers, primarily aimed at chemical simulation at the quantum level. The company built a platform called Hyrax for prototyping and testing QML algorithms; Hyrax includes an application library (common, pre-built quantum ... read more.
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Kristin Marshall

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

February 20, 2020

Biodegradable plastic alternative made from pea protein

Xampla was founded in 2018, but its core technology is based on academic research conducted over the past 10 years by Tuomas Knowles at the University of Cambridge. Knowles began his research by investigating the mechanism for how spider silk proteins can be "untangled and aligned" at a ... read more.
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Lewie Roberts

Digital Transformation More...

February 19, 2020

Mass transfer of microLEDs

VueReal develops a massive parallel cartridge-based printing process (not pick-and-place) for printing micro- and nanodevices; this primarily includes microLEDs for displays but also other types of semiconductor devices like flip-chip, vertical, and sensors. In addition to its microprinter and ... read more.
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The Future of the Composites Industry

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2020

The composites industry is growing rapidly with the development of new technologies and market applications, but still remains very small compared to other incumbent materials like steel or aluminum. This report will take a holistic view on the state of the composites industry — encompassing both glass and carbon fiber alike — identifying key drivers and challenges and discuss strategies to grow the overall industry pie rather than simply competing over current markets.

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.

Will 3D printing replace 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 and can play an enabling role in vehicle electrification. This report surveys the lightweighting options from materials to design, assesses which will have the greatest commercial impact, and evaluates how they will interact with other critical auto industry trends like vehicle autonomy, connectivity, and novel ownership models.

Do digital healthcare models lead to more cost savings than traditional healthcare models?

Coverage Areas: Consumer IoT More...

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2020

Digital technologies in healthcare are expected to increase in scope and to affect ever more parts of the healthcare system, as Lux has postulated previously. It is, however, vital to examine if new digital methods and innovations provide monetary value compared with traditional models of care. Technology for technology’s sake without evidence of being less costly in the long run, especially in a climate where healthcare costs are becoming unsustainable, can be catastrophic to all stakeholders. Through different models and projections, this report will evaluate if digital transformation of healthcare will indeed be less costly in the long run compared to traditional healthcare models.

Ultra-wideband radar sensors

Coverage Areas: Consumer IoT More...

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2020

Ultra-wideband (UWB) radar is a promising technology for the detection of humans and moving objects, through-wall imaging, and search and rescue applications due to its high-resolution and high-accuracy features. With the progressive development of miniaturized, energy-efficient, and low-cost radar sensors, the applications expand to personal electronics, IoT devices, health care products, and robotics. This report will outline the landscape of the technology, reveal the challenges that need to be overcome, and provide outlooks on the future roles of the UWB radar sensors.

Autonomous Vehicle Cost Model 2020

Coverage Areas: Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

Planned Publication Date: Q3 2020

As the cost of sensors, processors, and batteries go down, the overall cost of an autonomous vehicle is starting to approach feasible levels for ride-hailing and logistics customers. While fleets operating businesses in those industries will almost immediately realize cost-effectiveness, through a cost modeling analysis, we'll explore when other industries and consumers will be able to afford this emerging technology.

Solving Connectivity in Remote Industrial Locations

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q3 2020

Across industries, cloud computing has created an analytics revolution. But when a cloud connection isn’t easy to come by, for example on an oil rig in the ocean or at a remote wellhead, poor connectivity can stifle the impact of IoT and analytics. This report will discuss various solutions to the connectivity challenges presented by remote sites, including ways to transmit data and ways to reduce the need for transmitting data, and how to combine these solutions to enable complex analytics applications.

Materials & Manufacturing in an Age of Mass Customization

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: Q3 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.