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Mia Lu

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

July 18, 2019

Technology capable of converting atmospheric moisture into drinkable or otherwise usable water. Atmospheric water generation (AWG), often referred to as air-to-water or water-from-air, provides an alternative source of drinking or irrigation water. It will remain a niche opportunity, largely due to ... read more.

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Venkatesh Konanur

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July 18, 2019

Laser dispersion spectroscopy-based gas analyzer

The company was started by Chief Scientific Officer Damien Weidmann and Mohammed Belal in 2015; to date, Mirico has raised $5.7 million, with the lead investor being Foresight Group, a VC that focuses on clean energy technologies. The company makes laser dispersion-based spectroscopic devices for ... read more.
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Venkatesh Konanur

Digital Transformation More...

July 18, 2019

About 16% of the natural gas emissions in the U.S. come from transportation and storage, and a further 6% come from distribution. Failure points like cracks in transport systems form the Achilles heel of the oil and gas industry. While oil and gas companies have largely controlled their emissions in... read more.

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Vladimir Roznyatovskiy

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July 18, 2019

Materials and manufacturing methods that enable displays to reversibly change and adopt shapes. The flexible display is an example of an established market opportunity without incumbent technology. Materials innovation is a bottleneck in unlocking sales on the scale of billions. While such displays ... read more.

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Chloe Holzinger

Energy Storage More...

July 17, 2019

Devices that store energy through the separation of electrical charges, thereby achieving high power density but poor energy density; they are also commonly referred to as ultracapacitors. Due to a lack of clear market fit and continued cost reductions in Li-ion batteries, supercapacitor innovations... read more.

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Tim Grejtak

Energy Storage More...

July 17, 2019

Flow batteries have been in development since the 1970s, but despite being designed for stationary storage, they have failed to exceed even 3% of that market. Instead, Li-ion dominates the stationary storage landscape, accounting for 84% of total deployments since 2011. Many startups have entered ... read more.

Case Study
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Tim Grejtak

Energy Storage More...

July 17, 2019

Long-duration energy storage using fuels synthesized by solid oxide fuel cells

The company was founded by Christopher Graves to commercialize research he developed from the Technical University of Denmark. Among its investors, we emphasize the Department of Energy, which has issued early-stage funding through the Berkeley National Lab incubator Cyclotron Road. The company ... read more.
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Mia Lu

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

July 16, 2019

Today, more than 780 million people in 43 countries are suffering from water shortages due to overuse and pollution of freshwater, which is scarce and very unevenly distributed across the world. As populations grow and economies develop, global demand for water has been increasing at an annual rate ... read more.

Case Study

New business models emerge in the agrichemical industry

Coverage Areas: Agro Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: July 2019

Digital transformation is occurring across commercial industries and a similar transformation is emerging in the agrichemical sector. Currently 90% of growers receive inputs directly from agrichemical manufacturer/distributors that apply traditional business to business (B2B) models, but digital transformation provides the opportunity to relieve pain points from the B2B model; for example, enabling product performance comparisons, decreasing transaction speed, and enabling data driven product selection and recommendation. We will walk through the current market trends and landscape of this digital transformation, discuss emerging E-commerce business models, and provide insight regarding the digital future of the agrichemical industry.

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.

Digital Transformation of Healthcare

Coverage Areas: Consumer IoT More...

Planned Publication Date: July 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.

Decarbonizing the Industrial Sector

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: July 2019

The industrial sector is responsible for 21% of global CO2 emissions and will be the hardest to decarbonize due to its intrinsic need for carbon feedstock and high thermal requirements needs for process operations. However, the industry is coming under increasing pressure to innovate and adopt low-carbon solutions. In this report, we will examine the various technology options available for the industry to decarbonize its operations, and assess the opportunities and challenges that present exist for each technology option.

Key Players and Business Models in the Connected Car

Coverage Areas: Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

Planned Publication Date: July 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 how different types of players from applications developers to automotive OEMs to municipalities can both make money and get value out of different connected car services.

The 2019 Lux Competitive Benchmark for Large Chemical and Material Companies: Assessing Corporate Innovation Effort and Business Performance

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: July 2019

This reports updates Lux’s popular Lux Competitive Benchmark (LCB) report on large chemical and material companies first published last year. Although centuries old and largely mature technically and organizationally, the chemical industry still requires innovation to drive growth in a tough globally competitive market. To assess who is positioned to succeed, we analyze 40 top chemical and material firms using the LCB (which scores companies based on Innovation Effort and Business Execution) and other analysis tools. We examine the relationships between Innovation Effort and Business Execution, open and internal innovation, and tech research type across the whole industry and for specific industry segments.

The Digital Maturity Model

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: July 2019

There is significant hype around digital transformation and companies are vying with each other to build connected products and processes. However, estimates indicate that more than 80% of digital transformation projects fail. One of the reasons these organizations fail is due to a significant mismatch between their digital capabilities and their digital goals. Companies need a framework to determine their current level of "digitalness" and what capabilities they need to add to get to the next level; in this manner, they can approach their digital transformation in a step-by-step manner thus enhancing their chances of success. In this report, we will present the Lux Digital Maturity Model which will clearly define the different levels of digital maturity in terms of various underlying parameters. In subsequent research, we plan to use this maturity model to benchmark the maturity of digital transformation in various sectors.

Energy Storage Market Size: 2019 Edition

Coverage Areas: Energy Storage More...

Planned Publication Date: August 2019

This report will quantify the growing market for energy storage, developing market forecasts to project the adoption of energy storage across transportation, consumer electronics, and stationary sectors.

The Digital Transformation of Oil and Gas

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: August 2019

The digital transformation of the oil and gas industry has accelerated at a rapid rate in the last decade ever since the 2014 oil price crash. Oil and gas has gradually transitioned from a digital laggard to a potential leader in digital technologies such as digital twins, predictive maintenance, and gas detection. In this report, we discuss the underlying drivers for the industry's imminent push for digital and analyze the primary struggle it faces today of "digital scale-up".

Partnership Opportunities in Polymer 3D Printing

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: August 2019

The polymer 3D printing space is becoming more fragmented with hundreds of start-ups, various materials, material form factors, and involvement of large corporations and service bureaus. What is the nature of the polymer 3D printing value chain? How is the partnership network evolving? And, what are the partnerships opportunities in the polymer 3D printing value chain?