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Holly Havel

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November 21, 2018

Downhole gas compressor for shale gas wells

The company was started by the research and development team at Calnetix Technologies and spun out as a subsidiary in 2016; to date, the company has raised an undisclosed amount of funding through a round led by Equinor Technology Ventures and Cooper and Company. The company is a developer of ... read more.
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Holly Havel

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November 21, 2018

AI platform to optimize blending, trading, and logistics

The company was founded by CEO Nouman Ahmad and CTO Ian Burgess in 2015 to develop a handheld device that can assess quality specifications of oil and hazardous waste profiles. So far, the company has raised about $10.7 million, with its most recent $7 million seed round led by Sallyport Investments... read more.
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Harshit Sharma

Alternative Fuels More...

November 21, 2018

Lux Research's Energy team was recently in attendance at the Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW) 2018 (see here for the 10 key takeaways from SIEW). As part of the week, Lux spoke at the Asian Downstream Summit 2018 (ADS 2018), sharing the stage and panel discussions with key industry ... read more.

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Holly Havel

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November 21, 2018

Process of increasing the amount of recoverable oil from a reservoir. Enhanced oil recovery (EOR) offers a rare innovation landscape in the oil and gas industry where operators largely outpace service players, and academic papers observe stronger growth than patents. Despite the significant benfits ... read more.

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Cole McCollum

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

November 21, 2018

In 2016, Lux analyzed the lidar funding landscape and identified a focus on low-cost and scalable sensor technology (for more details, see "$300 million in lidar funding reflects the need for low-cost systems"). In 2017 and 2018, investors poured upward of an additional $415 million of disclosed ... read more.

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Christopher Robinson

Digital Transformation More...

November 21, 2018

As part of Singapore International Energy Week, Lux Research was invited to speak at Innovations in Digital Energy Asia. It was a timely event that could be considered the unofficial launch of Singapore's open electricity market, which started the process of liberalization on the same day of the ... read more.

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Tim Grejtak

Energy Storage More...

November 21, 2018

Manufacturer and developer of Li-ion batteries, packs, and systems for mobility applications

Farasis Energy is a manufacturer of Li-ion cells and packs for Chinese automakers as well as a developer of supporting battery technologies like cathodes, anode, and recycling, though the company has focused primarily on scaling operations and commercial sales Sells a 32 Ah capacity NMC 532 cell ... read more.
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Tim Grejtak

Energy Storage More...

November 21, 2018

In the second week of November, Lux attended the 2018 Energy Storage North America (ESNA) conference held in Pasadena, California. While the majority of the focus was on the practical concerns of integrating energy storage into mobility and power applications, one announcement garnered the most ... read more.

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Tim Grejtak

Energy Storage More...

November 21, 2018

The company was started by Bill Gross, founder of Idealab, and Robert Piconi. The company develops energy storage systems using potential gravitational energy of stacked concrete-based blocks; a robotic crane raises and lowers each 35-ton block. The company claims differentiation in concrete block ... read more.
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Chloe Holzinger

Consumer IoT More...

November 21, 2018

Radio frequency charging for consumer electronics

Humavox is developing a near-field radio frequency (RF) charging system for consumer electronics, wearables, and medical devices. Unlike electromagnetic charging systems, such as Powermat's inductive charger, RF systems only require line of sight to charge rather than antenna alignment, allowing RF ... read more.
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Water Infrastructure in the Developing World

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition More...

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

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 commercial applications of vehicle automation

Coverage Areas: Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

Although technologies enabling automated vehicles have evolved considerably over the last few years, we aren't as close to massive deployments as many had initially hoped. In this report, we examine what the applications are for today's existing technologies, and where the next early-stage applications will appear.

5G Impact on Innovation

Coverage Areas: Consumer IoT More...

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

5G will provide critical opportunities for new value capture driven by new and existing use cases, with a mix of higher transfer rates, lower latency, lower battery consumption, higher signal reliability, and support for more simultaneously connected devices. This report addresses the key question of how these characteristics create opportunities for innovation in use cases across agriculture, energy, healthcare, manufacturing, retail, smart cities and transportation sectors.

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?

Food Value Chain CVC Comparison

Coverage Areas: Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

Food companies have become more serious about their commitments to supporting start-up innovation efforts through the formation of numerous corporate VC groups - and their investments have been widely varied in scope. This report will assess the landscape of those funds, demonstrating the winning approaches.

Decarbonizing the Industrial Sector

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: June 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.

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.

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: June 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.

Ellen MacArthur Foundation #1yearlater

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: June 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.

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.