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Yuan-Sheng Yu

Owning the Energy Transition

June 25, 2019

Last month, Lux Research was invited to join a seminar hosted by the Singapore Manufacturing Federation (SMF) to discuss the role of renewable energy in Southeast Asia's energy transition. While the region's lofty goal of increasing the share of renewable energy to 23% by 2025 has seen a rise in ... read more.

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Harshit Sharma

Digital Transformation More...

June 24, 2019

In April 2019, Lux released the report "Artificial Intelligence: A Framework to Identify Challenges and Guide Successful Outcomes," which presented a framework to enhance success rates in implementing AI in industry. The report recommended that clients begin the AI thought process with the following... read more.

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Max Halik

Future Grid More...

June 24, 2019

Rapid connection hardware for distributed energy resources

Develops power electronics hardware in the form of an electrical meter collar, which creates an installation point for distributed energy resources (DERs) like photovoltaic inverters, electric vehicle chargers, or energy storage Through avoiding installation at the main electrical distribution panel... read more.
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Max Halik

Next Generation Power More...

June 24, 2019

Hydrogen catalysis process for generation of heat

Clean Planet was founded in 2012; since then, it has raised approximately $6 million in total venture funding from Miura Kogyo and Mitsubishi Jisho. The company is developing a chemical reaction process; it claims that by introducing pressurized hydrogen gas with a heated palladium catalyst, excess ... read more.
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Laura Krishfield

Agro Innovation More...

June 24, 2019

Converts organic feedstocks into a complex functional animal feed ingredient

The company was founded by Suresh Menon, Ph.D.; Menon Renewable Products is a wholly owned subsidiary of Menon International. The company makes a feed ingredient (branded MrFeed) using a proprietary fermentation process called CelTherm. The CelTherm process converts cellulosic feedstock to a ... read more.
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Joshua Haslun

Agro Innovation More...

June 24, 2019

LemnaTec continues to lead the development of digital phenotyping technologies. The company offers products for the laboratory scale as well as high-throughput phenotyping (HTP). Its laboratory-scale systems measure parameters detected from the visible light, infrared (IR), and near-infrared (NIR) ... read more.

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Joshua Haslun

Agro Innovation More...

June 24, 2019

E-commerce platform for agriculture products leveraging competitive matching

Agrellus develops an e-commerce platform for agriculture products that decreases consumer purchasing pain points Agrellus does not handle the products available on its platform, but instead matches vendors with growers through competitive quotes Anonymized data regarding quotes selected by a grower ... read more.
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Jessica Hernandez

Future Grid More...

June 24, 2019

Analytics and operational intelligence software platform for energy and heavy industry assets

Jungle develops software tools powered by machine learning algorithms to deliver predictive maintenance and identify operational inefficiencies in energy assets, such as wind turbines and power transformers, and heavy industry machinery Software flags main issues that maintenance and operations ... read more.
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Thomas Hayes

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

June 24, 2019

Developer of cell-based crustacean meat

The company was founded by Sandhya Sriram (CEO) and Ka Yi Ling (CTO), both previously researchers in the field of stem cells at Singapore's Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR). So far, the company has raised about $4.8 million, with $4.6 million coming through a seed round in April ... read more.
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Thomas Hayes

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

June 24, 2019

Developer of dairy, egg, and meat proteins made via biotechnology and fermentation

The company is a spinout of Ginkgo Bioworks led by CEO Jonathan McIntyre (former head of R&D at Indigo Agriculture and former SVP of R&D at PepsiCo) and CCO Michele Fite (former executive at Kerry, Nestlé, and DuPont). To date, the company has raised approximately $90 million through a Series A ... read more.
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Organizing for Digital

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: June 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?

Artificial Intelligence in China

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

The rapid growth of AI in China has caught the world’s attention. The country has surpassed the U.S. in every possible measure – government support, R&D activity, VC funding, and market traction. Is China ready to take over the world when it comes to AI? What are the opportunities and threats? In this report, we will dive deep into innovation data to understand the progress of AI in China, highlight its strengths and weaknesses, identify some key players, and lay our recommendations for what clients should do / expect.

Connected Car: How Connectivity Will Enable Digital Services in The Vehicle

Coverage Areas: Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

The connected car technology space is broad and complex and due to this complexity identifying opportunities can be challenging. This report will look at connectivity and the digital services it enables in the car.

Understanding the Market Opportunity for Metamaterials

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

In the past four years, understanding of metamaterials has dramatically improved, and novel manufacturing techniques have become more mature. With the demand from communication and other sectors, metamaterials are on the cusp of commercialization. This report will identify key innovations and obstacles, and begin to quantify the market opportunity around metamaterials.

The Dawn of Digital Product Optimization

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

Recent years have witnessed the developments of software technologies across the materials, part, product value chain. Materials informatics for material discovery and development; generative design, virtual reality (VR), and 3D printing simulation for part design and simulation; and predictive maintenance software for life cycle management, just to name a few. While each of these technologies progresses, there is still not a Digital Product Optimization (DPO) framework. Closely tracking these areas, Lux has already seen the possibility of some of these technologies integrating together. In this report, we will analyze the possibility of such a DPO. Specifically, we will talk examine what a DPO looks like and what it means for clients in industries across the manufacturing value chain.

Digital Transformation of Healthcare

Coverage Areas: Consumer IoT More...

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

Healthcare systems across much of the developed world have become unsustainable as treatment costs escalate and demographics shift with people living longer. Current healthcare models must evolve, and digital transformation is the way forward. This report will explore how Digital Transformation is augmenting and in some cases even replacing existing models of care for various stakeholders. This transformation not only promises more sustainable healthcare costs for payers but also better health outcomes for individuals. We will highlight both near term and long term business opportunities that clients must consider in the healthcare space as a result of Digital Transformation.

The Cost-Effective Distributed Grid: Energy Trading Within Microgrids

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: July 2019

While the energy transition promises a decentralized electrical grid composed of a network of actors with distributed energy resources, microgrids are not cost-effective for many electricity customers around the world. However, recent years have seen a rise of energy trading software platforms, which promise to provide better compensation for distributed generation and energy assets. We examine the combination of energy trading and microgrid technology to determine if we have finally crossed that critical financial turning point - whether it is more cost-effective to source electricity from distributed resources than from the electrical grid.

Water Quality Monitoring: Why, How, and The Future

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition More...

Planned Publication Date: July 2019

Due to the size and complexity of water and wastewater systems and the premium instrument costs, the water industry has struggled to automate water quality monitoring. Meanwhile, increasing concerns over public health and irregularly but inexorably tightening regulations put utilities under pressure to ensure safe drinking water and wastewater discharge. Potential to improve plant performance and uptime also encourage more active adoption of advanced sensors among industrial operators. This report shows the interesting use cases for different water quality sensors across the water space.

Energy Management in the Smart Home

Coverage Areas: Future Grid More...

Planned Publication Date: July 2019

The smart home ecosystem includes different types of solutions and technologies with a number of purposes, such as enabling energy savings, increasing comfort and convenience, and ensuring safety and security in the home. This report intends to focus on the role of home energy management within the smart home ecosystem. The goal is to highlight available technologies and their current applications in the smart home and identify gaps, key challenges, and areas of opportunity.

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Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: July 2019

In the world of overhype and hashtags, few themes have dominated the global dialogue as sustainability and the circular economy. While there have been numerous contributing factors, much of this hype has resulted from the work of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and its New Plastics Economy to reduce plastic waste. Although the foundation now has hundreds of partner companies, the majority of interest started in January 2018, when 11 companies - Amcor, Ecover, evian, L’Oréal, Mars, M&S, PepsiCo, The Coca-Cola Company, Unilever, Walmart, and Werner & Mertz - responsible for over 6 million tpa plastic packaging a year joined the foundation to move towards 100% reusable, recyclable, or compostable packing by 2025 at the latest. Given that we are one year closer to the 2025 target, how close are these companies to accomplishing their goals? In this report, we aim to evaluate the likelihood of these goals by examining the technologies these brands are involved with, the other technologies being developed to help accomplish these goals, and expected scale-up of these innovations.