Mia Lu

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

November 14, 2019

Metal-organic framework-based atmospheric water harvesting

The company was founded by a team of researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, led by Omar Yaghi. So far, the company has raised about $2.6 million in private placements. The company makes atmospheric water harvesting systems to generate drinkable water from the atmosphere using a ... read more.
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Abhirabh Basu

Owning the Energy Transition More...

November 14, 2019

Advanced membranes and membrane distillation systems for small-to-medium-volume ZLD

Bootstrapped company developing advanced hollow-fiber PVDF membranes, which are highly hydrophobic, prevent pore wetting, and are robust to solvents and operate at high temperatures Membranes are used in membrane distillation systems with limited pretreatment; system recycles 95% water and can ... read more.
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Mia Lu

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

November 14, 2019

Rapid bacteriophage test kits for determination of fecal and viral pollution in water, food, and biosolids

The company was started by University of Barcelona researchers Joan Jofre, Francisco Lucena, and Anicet Blanch along with Enric Queralt, an environmental geologist and seasoned entrepreneur in the water sector, as a spinoff from the university. So far, the company has raised about $1.2 million in ... read more.
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Venkatesh Konanur

Digital Transformation More...

November 14, 2019

Siemens, as a megaconglomerate, develops a suite of machinery for different industry verticals, including for a specialized unit within it for electric aviation. The company manufactures different configurations of the power unit that propel electric aircraft. These power units are often constrained... read more.

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Benjamin Torda

Future Grid More...

November 14, 2019

Remote microgrid management platform and EPC services

The company was started by Sujay Malve, building on his solar and wind business development background in the Asia-Pacific region; in 2018, the company raised more than SG$1 million (US$735,000) in Series A financing (from investors including engineering services company CMR Group). The company ... read more.
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Miraj Mainali

Digital Transformation More...

November 14, 2019

Computer vision-based object identification and authentication

The company was founded by Scot Land (president), David Ross (chief scientist), and David Kim (former VP); the founders draw on expertise in computer vision and experience in corporate business development from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Calera, Ernst & Young, InVision Technologies (acquired ... read more.
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Christopher Robinson

Energy Storage More...

November 14, 2019

Electric vehicles with battery swapping

Flymove was created as a spinout of Equiventia Capital Partners in 2018 to commercialize electric vehicles and supporting infrastructure. The company is a developer of electric vehicles with battery packs designed for swapping; its vehicles include a small city vehicle, a sports car, and a racing ... read more.
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Katrina Westerhof

Digital Transformation

November 14, 2019

With pervasive connectivity, cheap sensing, and the rise of advanced analytics, industries that have not traditionally been digital-forward are seeing rapid, transformative change as they collect and use more data than ever before and as their product ecosystems become digitized. As digital becomes ... read more.

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Chloe Herrera

Energy Storage More...

November 14, 2019

Flexible Li-ion battery company

The company was founded in 2016 by Ming Xie, Ph.D., who in the same year also founded parent company Enerol Nanotechnologies, developer of a range of wearables. BattFlex claims to have received $250,000 from the People's Republic of China and to have achieved more than 1 million units in sales. The ... read more.
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Laura Krishfield

Agro Innovation More...

November 14, 2019

Disease diagnostic tests for bovine livestock

The company was started by Rudy Rodriguez (chief scientific officer), who was the vice president of research and development for BD Worldwide's Primary Care Diagnostics Division prior to starting Advanced Animal Diagnostics (AAD). So far, the company has raised about $41.8 million in venture capital... read more.
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Plastic Recycling Technologies Cost Assessment

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: November 2019

This report will model the cost of various plastic recycling technologies in order to assess and compare their respective value propositions.

Electrochemicals - What Will It Take for Electricity to Deliver the Final Blow to Oil?

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: November 2019

Electrochemical conversion is a key technology that will allow the chemical industry to decarbonize its operations by replacing fossil-based feedstock with low-carbon alternatives produced from renewable electricity. In this report, we will look at the cost of electrifying key industrial processes, including but not limited to methanol production and ammonia synthesis, as well as the regulatory framework support needed to support the adoption of electrochemical technologies in the industrial sector.

How Digitally-Driven R&D Consortia Will Impact the Chemicals and Materials Industry

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: November 2019

New digitally driven tools – including advanced modeling and simulation, high-throughput screening, and materials informatics – are increasingly mature in the chemicals and materials space. While these tools are powerful and complementary, the data0centric nature makes them more valuable when companies form collaborations within or across the value chain. In addition, structural issues like long regulatory timelines still slow the process of bringing new products to market. This report looks to the pharmaceutical industry to understand how the chemicals and materials industry can form consortia to both better utilize these tools and overcome these structural challenges, and gives an outlook on the future of chemicals and materials R&D.

Demystifying holography, light fields and other 3D depth reach technologies for immersive experiences.

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: November 2019

As AR technologies continue to see adoption, limitations of use cases become apparent as well. Light aberrations, lack of depth perception, and vergence-accommodation stress are inherently present in current AR headsets based on various waveguides. The next generation of immersive technologies will be built on holographic image constructions and can be personalized either via worn headsets or through 3D displays that don’t require a headset and enable accessibility for multiple viewers at once. This report will detail how holography delivers natural depth perception, what’s required in terms of hardware and software development, and what applications and market opportunities are ahead for unobstructed immersive experiences.

Smart home in China

Coverage Areas: Consumer IoT More...

Planned Publication Date: November 2019

The smart home segment in China is at the tipping point, driven by residents' unmet needs for convenience and security, the adoption of new home projects as a property differentiator, and the participation of AI developers who see smart home as a major user interface. This report will analyze the dynamic value chain of China smart home, compare key innovators and cutting-edge innovations, and identify market trends and opportunities for Lux clients realize business success in the growing segment.

Industrial Power Symbiosis: Finding Cost-Effective Cases for On-Site Power Generation

Coverage Areas: Future Grid More...

Planned Publication Date: December 2019

When and how will industrial customers of electricity find it most cost-effective to source their own electricity from on-site generators? This report will match power generation technologies with the industries that can benefit from their use and secondary benefits, such as heat and hydrogen production.

Automating the Last Mile

Coverage Areas: Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

Planned Publication Date: December 2019

The rise of e-commerce platforms and subsequent demise of several well-known retails stores including Sears is itself a testament to the disruptive power of technology. As more packages are shipped around the world than ever before, many are asking how to move packages cheaper and quicker. The “last mile” – the last part of the delivery process to a final destination – is the biggest opportunity for innovation as it is the most challenging and expensive part of delivery, often through complex environments and comprising as much as 50% of total shipping costs. This report will analyze the landscape of last-mile technologies – ranging from drones to mobile robots and more – to identify which ones are worth the investment and which are doomed to fail.

Net Zero Energy Buildings and their impact on the grid

Coverage Areas: Future Grid More...

Planned Publication Date: December 2019

Net zero energy buildings (NZEBs) are designed to generate as much energy as they consume and be as energy-efficient as possible. The increased availability of a variety of distributed energy resources in commercial and residential buildings is supporting the growth in deployments of NZEBs. This report looks to quantify the market for NZEBs, analyze the impact that these buildings have on the power grid, and provide a forecast of the future of energy in the built environment.

Southeast Asia's Energy Startup Ecosystem

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: December 2019

Under a drastically different economic and technology backdrop, Southeast Asia's energy startup ecosystem has spawned with accessibility, affordability, and reliability as the top priorities in energy. This report will take a look at the region's energy startup ecosystem and identify the key players leading the cause and the unique sets of challenges they face. As the future global center of energy demand, it remains critical to understand the region to find key opportunities to enter the market with a higher success rate.

Analyzing Technical Barriers to Realizing the Hyperloop

Planned Publication Date: December 2019

Hyperloop was first proposed as an alternative to high-speed rail or airplanes for long-distance travel in 2013. Since then, SpaceX's open call for designs has attracted dozens of startups and university groups. As the next Hyperloop Design competition approaches this summer, this report will detail the feasibility of various Hyperloop designs and identify key technical limitations.