Harshit Sharma

Digital Transformation More...

March 27, 2020

Automatic feature extraction for predictive maintenance solutions

The company was founded by Katia Hilal in 2017 as a spinoff from the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS); Katia currently serves as the company's chief operating officer. The company makes a predictive maintenance software that offers automatic feature extraction from scarce time ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Benjamin Torda

Next Generation Power More...

March 26, 2020

Floating photovoltaic system utilizing one- or two-axis trackers

Develops Protevs, a floating photovoltaic (FPV) system consisting of thermoplastic floats and equipped with either one-axis tracking (0° to 45°) or two-axis tracking (180° east to west) capabilities; in this system, the floats are arranged in an islandlike configuration consisting of two external ... read more.
Company Profile

Holly Havel

Exploration and Production More...

March 26, 2020

Airborne leak detection for oil and refined product pipelines

The company was founded by CEO Eric Bergeron in Quebec City in 2015 and spun out of the National Optics Institute; prior to finding Flyscan, Eric founded security automation startup Optosecurity and led the company to acquisition by a division of Toyota Industries. To date, the company has raised ... read more.
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Drishti Masand and Kristin Marshall

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

March 26, 2020

The skin microbiome is poised to revolutionize the personal care space, with more effective products and the potential for more personalized skin care treatments. Yet, all skin care products impact the host-microorganism relationship. As skin microbiome science becomes commonplace and brands use the... read more.

Case Study

Chloe Herrera

Energy Storage More...

March 26, 2020

Polymer-based electrolyte and energy storage materials development

Lionano SE develops non-PEO-based polymer solid-state electrolytes for use in Li-ion batteries The group formed three years ago at Lionano, a developer of Li-ion battery cathodes, and Lionano SE was officially founded in August 2019 by Siyu Huang and Alex Yu to focus solely on electrolyte ... read more.
Company Profile

Joshua Haslun

Agro Innovation More...

March 26, 2020

Smartphone and automated monitoring of fresh produce quality

The company was founded by a team of four Indian Institute of Technology Bombay alumni; Milan Sharma (CEO), Nishant Mishra (CTO), Himani Shah (CFO), and Devendra Chandani (Head of North America business unit). To date, the company has raised about $2 million in seed funding. Among its investors, we ... read more.
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Josh Kern

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

March 26, 2020

Lux attended this year's MODEX show in Atlanta to learn how robotics is being leveraged across supply chains. Whether in factories, distribution centers, or transportation and logistics, robotics is playing a huge role in driving efficiencies and scaling operations across the supply chain. Here are ... read more.

Analyst Insight

Benjamin Torda

Exploration and Production More...

March 26, 2020

Geothermal energy can be used for power production or heating. The International Energy Agency estimates that geothermal could supply 1,600 TWh of thermal energy by 2050, or 3.9% of projected global thermal energy demand. Geothermal heating takes one of two forms. The first uses geothermal heat ... read more.

Case Study

Nardev Ramanathan

Digital Health and Wellness More...

March 25, 2020

Singapore has one of the highest population densities and fastest-aging populations in the world. Both of these factors present strong risk factors for COVID-19 community spread and mortality rates. Yet Singapore has managed to keep its community spread and death rates under control thanks to a slew... read more.

Case Study

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

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

Planned Publication Date: May 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.

The Next Generation of Satellite Imaging

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: May 2020

With the emergence of smallsats and significant improvements in computer vision, satellite imaging has begun to serve powerful use cases that hint at its enormous future potential. In this report, we’ll discuss the factors that have led to the advances in satellite imaging we’re seeing today, the many use cases where the technology has found success, and what new capabilities and use cases to expect in the future.

Benchmarking the Digital Transformation of Innovation

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: May 2020

Innovation management is a mature field with a fairly complete and proven toolkit, built over decades. However, as processes like open innovation and corporate venturing have added more ideas to the funnel, innovation leaders are now under significant pressure to make the innovation process faster, more efficient, and more nimble. One promising solution that some firms are exploring is using digital tools and data science to speed up the process. To benchmark the current use of emerging data science and AI tools in corporate tech innovation, Lux has conducted a survey of innovation leaders focused on the use of specific advanced digital and AI-based tools in corporate innovation. This report capture current benchmarks and best practices to help the innovation community understand the impact of these tools and make better use of them in the future.

Water Infrastructure in the Developing World

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition More...

Planned Publication Date: May 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.

The food company of 2050

Coverage Areas: Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health

Planned Publication Date: June 2020

Being a successful food company in 2020 requires focus on things like sugar reduction and alternative proteins, but what about remaining a successful food company and growing through 2050? The majority of growth in the food and beverage industries in recent years has gone to companies outside the top 20 players, with smaller and more agile brands capitalizing on the demand for personalized products. This report will uncover the themes and technologies that will be most important to successful food companies in 2050.

Micromobility: Fad or the Future of Urban Transit?

Coverage Areas: The Future of Mobility

Planned Publication Date: June 2020

The last few years have seen an explosion in both funding for and expansion of micromobility startups, which have resulted in thousands of dockless bikes and scooters deployed in cities around the world. Although promising an affordable low-carbon transit which can address the last-mile transit problem, in practice there are a number of challenges including enforcing parking and riding restrictions and ensuring rider safety. However the biggest threat to micromobilty is the lack of profitability. This report will analyze the economics of micromobility, identifying payback periods and return on investments for bikes, scooters, and other modes of micromobility.

The Business of Personalized Nutrition

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

Planned Publication Date: June 2020

This report will examine personalized nutrition business model considerations and strategies.

Maximizing for renewable generation capacity for energy export

Coverage Areas: Next Generation Power More...

Planned Publication Date: June 2020

As the world's energy production continues to trend toward decentralization, decarbonization, and digitization, it is no longer a question of "if" global renewables penetrations will exceed 40% within the next 15 years but "in which regions" will these high penetrations will occur. This report considers the scenario that with high enough renewables penetrations, renewable generation capacity will exceed local needs and certain countries will become energy exporters – using only non-dispatchable, land-based renewables (solar photovoltaics and wind). Understanding countries’ maximum annual power production, regardless of existing land use, is the first step to predicting which countries are likely to be the renewable energy exporters of 2050.

Organizing for Digital

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2020

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?

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, discusses the unmet needs of the current systems to serve these emerging markets, and provides an outlook on the future 3D printing for manufacturing.