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Benjamin Torda

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September 23, 2019

Lightweight solar module

The company was founded by former Suntech founder and CEO Shi Zhengrong in 2015 and has received close to AU$6.6 million (US$4.5 million) from Southern Cross Renewable Energy Fund, itself a joint co-investment between the Australian government (ARENA) and SoftBank China Venture Capital (SBCVC). ... read more.
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Charles Willard

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September 23, 2019

On the final day of the California State legislative session, two influential recycling bills were passed. The first, AB-54, will provide $5 million to fund pilot recycling projects concentrated on those areas most affected by the closure of rePlanet, the state's largest recycling center. The second... read more.

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Pellucere technologies
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Benjamin Torda

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September 23, 2019

Anti-reflective and anti-soiling coatings for solar photovoltaic modules

Known as CSD Nano until 2018, the company was started in 2009 by Professor Chih-Hung (Alex) Chang as a spinoff from Oregon State University; to date, the company has raised about $3 million (mostly coming from Energy Innovation Capital) and a series of government grants totaling $650,000. The ... read more.
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Clearmetal
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Harshit Sharma

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September 22, 2019

Predictive logistics for supply chain visibility

The company was founded by Stanford University graduates Adam Compain, Will Harvey, and Diego Canales in 2014; Adam serves as the CEO. So far, the company has raised about $12 million in funding via a seed round in 2016 and a Series A in 2017. Among its investors, we emphasize Prelude Ventures, ... read more.
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Jerrold Wang

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September 20, 2019

AI and IoT solutions for smart buildings and communities

Terminus was founded in 2015 by undisclosed founders to develop software and hardware solutions for smart buildings and communities; the company has raised $521 million in investment funding so far, including the most recent $282 million in Series C in August 2019; among its investors, we highlight ... read more.
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Jerrold Wang

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September 20, 2019

IoT enablement platform for connected home appliances

Offers device OEMs three services: solutions that make conventional appliances connected and controllable, a cloud platform that provides OEM customers end user analytics and empowers appliances with AI capabilities, and an app development service that enables interaction between OEM customers and ... read more.
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Minutra
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Thomas Hayes

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September 19, 2019

Fortified beverage-dispensing machine based on finger-prick blood analysis

The company was started by Eric Hilton (CEO), who is also the CEO of NutraPharma, an R&D firm for the pharmaceutical and nutraceutical industries. The company's only known external funding has been raised through crowdsourcing; according to the MiNutra page on Nutra Pharma's web site, it has raised ... read more.
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Harshit Sharma

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September 19, 2019

Online marketplace for container haulage

The company was founded by Alvin Ea in 2017 to build a B2B platform for container haulage in Singapore; the company was incubated by Singapore's port authority PSA International. To date, the company has raised approximately $1 million from undisclosed investors; this figure, however, does not ... read more.
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Bio-based Intermediate Chemicals Market Growth

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: October 2019

This report will assess growth projections of intermediate chemicals given different oil-price environments.

Plastic Recycling Technologies Cost Assessment

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: October 2019

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

The Digital Transformation of Warehousing and Logistics

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: November 2019

Supply chain's across industries struggle with the fundamental issues of visibility, reliability, and agility. These challenges get further compounded due to the global spread of complex supply chains, slowdown in global economic growth, and broader sustainability goals. On top of that- customers across the board are now more demanding with regards to lead times, reverse logistics, and product customization in the era of e-commerce. Starting off with the downstream end of the supply chain, this report discusses the novel solutions digital technologies bring to warehouses and logistics that could solve the perennial issues of supply chains while also highlighting emerging players, and case studies for a deeper insight.

China's Public, Private, People Approach to Innovation

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: November 2019

In recent years China is continuously challenging the West for the top spot on the global innovation leader board. With a face-paced innovation process that is counter intuitive to the traditional stage-gate approach developed and deployed in the West, China is quickly transforming itself into a global innovation leader - shedding its dated copycat stereotype and quickly transforming into the copied. At the root of this success is the fast changing socio-economic trends coupled with access to cutting edge technologies. In a unique public-private-people partnership, the government, private sector, and the masses together are enabling the country in bringing new innovations into the market at lighting speed.

Decarbonizing the Industrial Sector: Power-to-Chemicals

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.

Ubiquitous Sensing

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: November 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.

Emerging Materials Opportunities for the Apparel Industry

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: November 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.

Metal 3D printing Segmentation for Emerging Applications

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: November 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.

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.

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

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: December 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.