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Katrina Westerhof and Mike Rolfes

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June 14, 2019

Industry 4.0 encompasses the digitization and interlinking of the entire value chain of a physical, product-based industry. Industry 4.0 use cases directly impact the product lifecycle, and are motivated by either top-line revenue growth or bottom-line savings. We develop a taxonomy for Industry 4.0... read more.

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Venkatesh Konanur

Digital Health and Wellness More...

June 14, 2019

Plastic conductive fibers for flexible electronics

Develops and produces conductive plastic fibers for use in smart clothing and flexible electronics Claims that compared to other types of woven conductive fibers, its product can stretch to 50% of its original dimensions and still retain its conductivity; typical resistance for its product is around... read more.
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Christopher Robinson

The Future of Mobility

June 14, 2019

The past century of mobility has mostly been defined by the automobile. Today, however, our relationship with the automobile is changing as new business models aim to replace conventional car ownership with a combination of ride-hailing and vehicle-sharing accessed through mobile apps – a trend we ... read more.

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Alex Herceg

The Future of Mobility

June 14, 2019

Mobility is no longer about the private automobile, and as such racing to acquire the next generation of advanced vehicle technology alone is not enough. Future mobility is using new technologies and business models, with unprecedented momentum in the past three years. This momentum is driven ... read more.

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Patricia Seoane da Silva

Next Generation Power More...

June 14, 2019

Vertical axis wind turbines for off-grid applications and backup power generation

Flower Turbines was started in 2013 by CEO Daniel Farb, who had previously founded Leviathan Energy (Flower Turbine’s parent company) in 2008; to date, the company has raised more than $370,000 through an ongoing crowdfunding campaign. The company develops Wind Tulip, a two-bladed vertical axis wind... read more.
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Abhirabh Basu

Owning the Energy Transition More...

June 13, 2019

Real-time, fully integrated predictive and proactive storm water management control systems

The company was started by Brian Moloney, currently the managing director, while working as a civil engineer in Australia, where he developed a stormwater technology in response to the Queensland flood; StormHarvester developed prototypes with Queens University, finally launching its first product ... read more.
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Mia Lu

Owning the Energy Transition More...

June 13, 2019

Continuous solvent extraction process for zero liquid discharge of industrial wastewater

Has moved away from traditional forward osmosis (FO) and introduced a liquid-liquid extraction process called ABX to replace both the evaporator and the crystallizer for zero liquid discharge (ZLD), which it claims can save industrial operators up to 90% of energy and 60% in overall operational ... read more.
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Banyan water
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Mia Lu

Owning the Energy Transition More...

June 13, 2019

Data-driven water conservation for commercial properties

The company was started by seasoned investor Tamin Pechet, who served as its director until 2016; Tamin is also chairman of Imagine H2O, one of the most well-known water innovation accelerators; Gillan Taddune, Banyan's current CEO, joined the company in mid-2013; Gillan is an experienced business ... read more.
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Josh Kern

Consumer IoT More...

June 13, 2019

Motion detection using existing Wi-Fi signals in a home

The company was founded by CEO Tajinder Manku and CTO Oleksiy Kravets in 2014; Oleksiy, along with many other team members, came from a radio chip design team at BlackBerry. Among its investors, we highlight Quantum Valley Investments, launched by two BlackBerry co-founders, as well as the Canadian ... read more.
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China's Public, Private, People Approach to Innovation

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q3 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.

The Status of Non-metal and Non-polymer 3D Printing

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q3 2019

This report aims to define the 3D printing technology landscape for non-metal and non-polymer materials. It answers the following questions: Who are the key players developing other materials in the 3D printing space? What are their technological readiness levels? What does the technology development roadmap look like?

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

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

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.

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.