Abhirabh Basu

Owning the Energy Transition More...

April 18, 2019

End-to-end monitoring systems for nonrevenue water, meter health, and leak detection

Offer hardware to continuously monitor the health and accuracy of a water meter (or any flow meter) using three sensors, cellular communications, and edge processing capabilities; technology finds hidden revenue and meter errors and can use acoustics to identify leaks Utilities recieve the results ... read more.
Company Profile

Mia Lu

Owning the Energy Transition More...

April 18, 2019

Nuclear magnetic resonance sensors for monitoring of heavy fuel oil and water quality

The company was founded by owner and CEO Ole Jensen, former founder of Danish Bluetooth pioneer Digianswer. To date, the company has raised approximately $2.6 million from several angel investors. The company makes real-time, online fluid measuring devices, CatGuard and Tveskaeg, based on nuclear ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Miraj Mainali

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

April 18, 2019

Blockchain-based marketplace for component manufacturing

The company was founded by Jeremy Goodwin (CEO) and Andy Tong (Strategic Advisor) in 2013; the founders have expertise in corporate development and finance but lack prior domain experience; the company has fewer than 20 employees. So far, the company has raised about $545,000 through multiple seed ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Miraj Mainali

Digital Transformation More...

April 18, 2019

IoT platform for industrial enterprises

Develops an IoT platform for industries that can be used to connect devices, manage data and applications, and provide analytics; recently pivoted its focus from automobiles to manufacturing industries Claims differentiation in the platform's capability to connect and manage edge devices, as well as... read more.
Company Profile

Venkatesh Konanur

Digital Transformation More...

April 18, 2019

Computer vision software to optimize manual processes in manufacturing

Offers a computer vision software for the factory environment to assess worker activity and develop efficient operational practices Claims that it solves an unmet need in the automated factory by quantifying the efficiency of work and processes that involve employees with real-time information, as ... read more.
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Nardev Ramanathan

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

April 18, 2019

This is the third article in a series of insights from Lux's participation in the Mobile World Congress (MWC19) in Barcelona. We've previously highlighted the hype surrounding 5G, from fake 5G that does not conform to international standards to 5G that is still far from commercial deployment. Two ... read more.

Analyst Insight

Christopher Robinson

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

April 18, 2019

Personal rapid transit

Transit X is designing a high-capacity personal rapid transit (PRT) system that uses an overhead monorail and suspended pods capable of carrying up to four adult passengers Pods are electric vehicles that can generate their own power from solar panels or recharge wirelessly on locations on the track... read more.
Company Profile

Jessica Hernandez

Consumer IoT More...

April 18, 2019

Smart home energy monitoring with electricity disaggregation

Offers a connected home energy monitoring system with embedded processing power to perform load disaggregation Uses current transformer (CT) sensors to gather electricity measurements directly from the home electricity panel a million times per second Continues to target the consumer market directly... read more.
Company Profile

Harshit Sharma

Owning the Energy Transition

April 17, 2019

Low-pressure natural gas storage for motor vehicles

Builds activated carbon-filled natural gas storage tanks that store gas at 25% of the operating pressure of conventional tanks while offering 50% higher storage volume The activated carbon adsorbs natural gas molecules at 900 psi or lower pressure for a cost of compression between $0.07 and $0.1 per... read more.
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Josh Kern

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

April 17, 2019

New applications in connected cars are providing greater safety, performance, and entertainment for occupants of vehicles. Many of those services require data transmission over cellular networks, such as 4G LTE. Of course, all automotive OEMs want this connectivity, but cellular data transmission ... read more.

Analyst Insight

Where and how to find the Green in Green technology

Coverage Areas: Agro Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

Lux covers the potential for sustainability and green technologies to become an alternate source of revenue as concerns regarding environmental impact and risk continue to grow.

How 3D Printing Software Will Accelerate the Development of 3D Printing

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

In the last few years, synergies between the design software space and 3D printing have become increasingly apparent. For example, generative design software takes advantage of 3D printing’s ability to expand manufacturability and vastly enlarges the explorable design candidate space. 3D printing simulation software models the stress profile of a part, and therefore predicts part failure before physically printing it. Within the 3D printing community, we are seeing a trend of 3D printing companies developing and strengthening their software components. Several major examples include Desktop Metal’s software for generative design, Markforged’s cloud-based software for part print optimization, and Arevo’s computer-aided design (CAD) and FEA-based software for 3D printing design and simulation. In this report, we review the most relevant 3D printing software technologies and argue that the formation of a 3D printing software thread (design, simulation, manufacturing, as well as workflow management and data security) with data control through the whole process will be crucial for 3D printing at industrial scale. We expect to see more 3D printing companies either develop their own software strategies or to partner with large software companies in the near future.

Scouting Innovations for Corrosion's Tough Problems

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

Corrosion remains perhaps the most persistent challenge we face in the materials industry. New sustainability regulations are making this even more challenging, by pushing out chrome 6 and limiting the use of solvents. This report will scout early stage technologies, start-ups, and identify corporate approaches to tackling the corrosion challenge.

Innovating the Lithium Industry

Coverage Areas: Energy Storage More...

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

With many automakers heavily invested in battery electric vehicle (BEV) development and more than 1 million vehicles in annual sales, the electric mobility revolution is well underway. Yet even as more and more automakers announce aggressive electrification strategies, challenges facing the lithium industry could have significant impacts on the future battery and BEV markets. This report considers the gap between lithium supply and demand forecasts, the innovative companies looking to address the challenges in producing battery-ready lithium chemicals, and the established incumbents best positioned to take advantage of this critical market opportunity.

The future of big data and edge computing

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

Several metrics indicate that, over the past couple of years, there has been a steady rise in interest as well as innovation in the area of edge computing. In a previous report, we had discussed the key drivers, taxonomy of different types of edge computing technologies, and some key players in this space. However, there is little clarity on where and what type of edge computing should be used in different applications. In this report, we will dive into the nuances of different applications and use cases where edge computing will play an important role.

Innovation in Metal-Organic Frameworks

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

While metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) remain a highly academic subject, understanding of their capabilities has grown in the past several years, and synthetic methods and MOF design tools continue to improve. MOFs can be widely applicable to potential use cases in gas and liquid separations, gas storage, catalysis, battery anodes, and even food storage. This report surveys the market opportunities for MOFs and explores key players that both OEMs and chemical and materials companies need to be aware of to act on these opportunities.

Biopolymer Vision 2020

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

Bio-based polymers have garnered significant interest for replacing petroleum-based incumbents, but commercial success stories have been few and far between. Has the recent rise of interest in sustainability and worries about plastic waste changed the game for biopolymers? Or are the same economic challenges going to keep biopolymers consigned to a niche unless or until oil prices skyrocket? In this report, we update partnerships and production capacity to provide a new vision of the commercial future of bio-based polymers.

Water Scarcity: the Next Big Threat to Materials Manufacturing

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

Concerns surrounding water scarcity are on the rise, with more regions facing extreme drought conditions than ever before. As such, industries that are historically water intensive will face mounting pressure from consumers and government agencies to curb consumption. To get ahead of such threats, companies should be adopting methods of synthesizing products that do not involve water as heavily. This report aims to identify where innovation in materials manufacturing can have the greatest impact in reducing water consumption and strategies materials companies should take in implementing such technologies.

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?

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.