Cecilia Gee

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

June 21, 2019

Bio-based and biodegradable resins

Thomas Brorsen Pedersen founded Pond in 2015. The company develops starch-based bioresin systems that it claims are biodegradable in nature (certification or conditions unknown); its resins are compatible with natural fibers like flax, hemp, pineapple, palm leaves, cotton, banana, and jute and ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Patricia Seoane da Silva

Future Grid More...

June 21, 2019

Modular DC microgrid technology

Afnan Hannan and Damian Veling founded Okra Solar in 2016; to date, the company has raised more than $480,000 in funding from a crowdfunding campaign, a grant from the SNV Netherlands Development Organisation, and a seed round from Schneider Electric closed in January 2019 The company has developed ... read more.
Company Profile

Harshit Sharma

Digital Transformation More...

June 21, 2019

Lux Research was recently in attendance at the 3rd Annual GO Digital Oil & Gas Conference 2019 held in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The conference focused on two distinct themes; the development of an organization-wide digital strategy, and the potential value generation/ROI from emerging digital ... read more.

Analyst Insight

Charles Willard

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

June 20, 2019

Traditional silicon carbide recycler developing a glycolysis-based PET chemical recycling process

The company was founded by Avram Hason in 1997 under the name Garbo Servizi and began recovering silicon carbide and polyethylene glycol from semiconductor and photovoltaic panel production; the company was renamed Garbo in 2006 and began pursuing other silicon recycling streams before beginning the... read more.
Company Snapshot

Kristin Marshall

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

June 20, 2019

Kaneka's involvement with polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) extends back to the early 2000s. In 2002, the company applied for a patent on the preparation of biodegradable fibers from PHB, PHBH, and PHBV. Then, in 2004, Kaneka and P&G Chemicals formed a joint development partnership leading to the ... read more.

Case Study

Kristin Marshall

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

June 20, 2019

Flexible packaging has gained significant market traction in recent years due to advantages like minimal materials usage, ease of printability, low energy use in production, and low cost of transport. In addition, the high barrier potential of multilayer flexible packaging may help to extend the ... read more.

Case Study

Kristin Marshall

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

June 20, 2019

Produces 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (5-HMF) from biomass via hydrothermal processing (HTP) technology

Produces 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (5-HMF) from sugars using hydrothermal (HTP) processing technology Focused on developing a downstream market for 5-HMF, using 5-HMF to produce formaldehyde-free resins, novel biopolymers with new and/or enhanced performance features relative to incumbent petroleum-... read more.
Company Profile

Kristin Marshall

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

June 20, 2019

Personalized skin care formulations on demand

Develops personalized skin care formulations in which the type and quantity of ingredients are a function of the skin's elasticity, lipid content, and moisture content  Has patented a "miniature beauty plant" for on-demand formulations in stores; the mini plant comprises the entire production ... read more.
Company Profile

Thomas Hayes

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health

June 20, 2019

As a plethora of Fortune 1000 companies along the agrifood value chain observe annual revenue decreases up to billions of dollars per year; these giants are looking outside their four walls and engaging with startups through corporate venture capital (CVC) more than ever, with 15 new arms forming ... read more.

State of the Market Report

Thomas Hayes

Agro Innovation More...

June 20, 2019

Lux recently attended Future Food Asia (FFA) 2019, sponsored by ID Capital, in Singapore.  More than 300 food and agriculture corporate executives, entrepreneurs, investors, and others gathered to connect and deepen their understanding of three major themes shaping Asia's food system: 1) smallholder... read more.

Analyst Insight

Water Infrastructure in the Developing World

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition More...

Planned Publication Date: February 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.

Quantum computing for chemicals and materials

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: February 2020

Many of the earliest practical applications of quantum computing are related to the technology's potential to simulate systems (of limited size) at a quantum level. While this opens up exciting applications, that excitement must be tempered with the limitations of an extremely early-stage technology. In this report, we examine how quantum computing will play a role in chemicals and materials industries over the coming years.

The Natural Language Processing and Knowledge Management Opportunity

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: February 2020

Organizations are built upon the exchange and synthesis of vast amounts of information from both internal and external stakeholders. However, much of this information goes uncaptured digitally and that which does often exists in unstructured formats such as emails, documents, and reports that make it difficult to process and analyze for insights. Emerging AI tools like natural language processing (NLP) offer new capabilities to automatically capture, interpret, and communicate information at a low-cost and massive scale thereby unlocking significant opportunities to improve the efficiency of processes, uncover and manage knowledge, and enable new business models. This report will lay out the landscape of NLP tools and capabilities available, analyze the new opportunities enabled by these tools, and forecast where the space is heading.

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.

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.

Digital Therapeutics

Coverage Areas: Consumer IoT More...

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

Digital therapeutics are a key element of the ongoing digital transformation of healthcare. These tools support personalized yet scalable health services, which is critical where high costs and accessibility represent barriers to quality healthcare. This report will outline the landscape of digital therapeutics, demystify the challenges that they face, and provide an outlook on the future role of digital therapeutics in the healthcare landscape.