Solyndra
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Yuan-Sheng Yu and Chloe Holzinger

Owning the Energy Transition

June 12, 2019

With Uber's and Lyft's recent IPOs, the discussion of valuations and the coveted unicorn label is making the rounds in the innovation circle again. It seems that this conversation is cyclical – some days, valuations are just another data point within dozens that go into innovation decisions; other ... read more.

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Michael Sullivan

Digital Transformation More...

June 12, 2019

Despite the efforts of Siemens and its peers, optimization through big data-enabled digitization is slow to take hold in industrial settings. Legacy incompatible systems and a steep learning curve make the transformation process slow and laborious. These factors were in evidence at Siemens' recent ... read more.

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Jessica Hernandez

Future Grid More...

June 12, 2019

Residential electric load disaggregation and personalized recommendation platform

The company was started by Bruce Townson in 2010; it received research and development funding from the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program and has no disclosed venture capital investments. The company is a developer of residential electric load disaggregation ... read more.
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Jessica Hernandez

Future Grid More...

June 12, 2019

Electricity monitoring for homes and businesses

The company was started by Trevor Orton and Nick Gamble in 2009; it has raised $800,000 from Waterloo North Hydro, which acquired a 23% stake in the company back in 2013. The company develops electricity monitoring hardware using current transformer (CT) sensors to measure energy consumption at the ... read more.
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Anthony Vicari and Chloe Holzinger

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

June 12, 2019

Silicon nanocomposite materials for Li-ion battery anodes

Sila Nanotechnologies develops and manufactures silicon nanocomposite materials for Li-ion battery anodes that it claims are a drop-in replacement for conventional graphite anodes Most of its materials have a high silicon loading of about 50%; while the company could not disclose further details on ... read more.
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Cecilia Gee

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

June 12, 2019

CO₂ sequestration; produces graphite nanoplatelets and graphene oxide

Apoorv Sinha founded Carbon Upcycling Technologies (CUT) in 2014. To date, the company has raised about $1 million from National Resources Canada, National Research Council Canada, Alberta Innovates, and the Carbon XPRIZE competition. The company is a developer of a process that adsorbs CO2 ... read more.
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Cole McCollum

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June 12, 2019

3D sensor fusion and perception platform for autonomous vehicles

Develops a sensor fusion and software perception platform for autonomous vehicles; claims differentiation in achieving higher levels of perception accuracy and reliability Core innovation is in its upsampling approach, in which additional information is extracted and inferred from frame-to-frame ... read more.
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Jerrold Wang

Digital Transformation More...

June 12, 2019

Natural language understanding based on transfer learning and knowledge base

Natural language understanding (NLU) platform that uses vector-based semantics and transfer learning to analyze text information, such as identifying words and phrases, understanding their relations, and conducting emotional analysis Uses  common-sense AI approach empowered by its proprietary ... read more.
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Miraj Mainali

Digital Transformation More...

June 12, 2019

Automation and optimization software for deep neural networks

Develops software that uses AI tools like reinforcement learning and transfer learning to automate and optimize the design of deep neural networks (DNNs) so that they can run on edge devices with limited computational resources Claims that its software is able to decrease the computational overhead ... read more.
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Jerrold Wang

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June 12, 2019

Natural language processing-enabled online conversational platform that connects consumers in need of advice to product experts

The company was started by four co-founders with significant experience in entrepreneurship and venture capital; the company has raised a total of $55 million in investments, including the most recent $41 million Series C round in October 2017; some of the key investors include Bpifrance, Idinvest ... read more.
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Ubiquitous Sensing

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

As commoditized sensors become cheaper and offer improved performance they can now be more readily incorporated into new applications and devices that were previously not feasible. These always-on sensors in consumer and industrial environments will allow for continuous monitoring, all while being transparent and not interfering with individuals daily activities.

Southeast Asia's Energy Startup Ecosystem

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: Q4 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.

Decarbonizing the Industrial Sector: Carbon Capture

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

In our recently-published "Decarbonizing the Industrial Sector" report, we introduced carbon capture as a key technology that will allow multiple industrial sectors to decarbonize their operations by capturing CO₂ emissions from point-sources. In this report, we will look at the cost of carbon capture using multiple configurations, as well as the regulatory framework support needed to support the adoption of carbon capture in the industrial sector.

Connecting the Dots: The Impact of Industrial and Power Decarbonization on Gas Demand

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

Natural gas is often touted as the fuel that will power the ongoing energy transition. Several energy companies such as Shell, Total, and Qatar Petroleum have committed to expand their gas and LNG businesses, with the latter even quitting OPEC in its pursuit for gas. However, as industrial demand sectors such as power, steel manufacturing, paper, residential heating, gradually move towards disruptive, low carbon solutions such as hydrogen, heat pumps, and electric heating, the outlook for gas needs to be revisited. In this report, we connect the dots between the various pieces of the broader energy system, and analyse the collateral impact of emerging technologies on the global gas and LNG markets in the near future.

Electronic Materials: The Emerging Solutions

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

Demand for 5G electronics and the emergence of the internet of things have created new demand for materials that offer higher performance but are cheap enough to enable rollout of millions of new devices. This report will identify new materials technologies in polymers for electronics and thermal management, as well as the technology developers behind these efforts, and pick winners for commercialization.

Scouting Innovations for Corrosion's Tough Problems

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

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.

Emerging Materials Opportunities for the Apparel Industry

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

The apparel industry is a huge market for polymers, coatings, dyes, and more, but the low cost tolerance and fast development cycles make materials innovation a challenge. However, there are increasing demands for sustainable products, differentiation, more functional clothing, and cleaner manufacturing. All this creates new opportunities for materials innovation; this report will highlight the most promising areas.

The Modern-day Biotech Business Model

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

This report will examine the theoretical advantages of industrial fermentation (scale independent, allowing for right-sized and distributed manufacturing; flexible production) and reasons for 2018 setbacks. It will examine the continued shift towards high margin products.

Metal 3D printing Segmentation for Emerging Applications

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

This report will analyze the technical capabilities of existing metal 3D printers to: 1) define common use cases; 2) highlight further development areas; and 3) emphasize the caveats of metal 3D printing applications.

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.