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June 12, 2019

Laser-based methane detection for continuous monitoring

The company was started by researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder) and spun out of the university in 2017; to date, the company has received more than $2 million in grant funding via ARPA-E's MONITOR program to support field demonstrations. The company makes dual-frequency ... read more.
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Holly Havel

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June 12, 2019

Aerial methane imaging and leak detection

Offers an aerial-based imaging solution that incorporates an optical camera and imaging spectrometer to detect fugitive methane leaks in oil and gas infrastructure Uses cloud computing and data analytics to generate optical georeferenced maps that show methane plumes and provide computed values for ... read more.
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Lewie Roberts

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June 12, 2019

Autonomous truck convoys

Develops a Level 4 (L4) autonomous system for long-haul trucks; although the company aims to enable an L4 truck that can drive entirely on its own (within roughly six years), it is beginning with the development of a convoy of two platooning trucks, where the lead truck is driven by a human, while ... read more.
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Lewie Roberts

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June 12, 2019

Last-mile delivery refers to the shipping of products between a penultimate location (like a warehouse, store, or restaurant) and the final customer. Traditional brick-and-mortar companies like Walmart have struggled to compete with internet shopping services like Amazon in the delivery of goods ... read more.

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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

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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

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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

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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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The commercial applications of vehicle automation

Coverage Areas: Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

Although technologies enabling automated vehicles have evolved considerably over the last few years, we aren't as close to massive deployments as many had initially hoped. In this report, we examine what the applications are for today's existing technologies, and where the next early-stage applications will appear.

5G Impact on Innovation

Coverage Areas: Consumer IoT More...

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

5G will provide critical opportunities for new value capture driven by new and existing use cases, with a mix of higher transfer rates, lower latency, lower battery consumption, higher signal reliability, and support for more simultaneously connected devices. This report addresses the key question of how these characteristics create opportunities for innovation in use cases across agriculture, energy, healthcare, manufacturing, retail, smart cities and transportation sectors.

Water Quality Monitoring: Why, How, and The Future

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition More...

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

Due to the size and complexity of water and wastewater systems and the premium instrument costs, the water industry has struggled to automate water quality monitoring. Meanwhile, increasing concerns over public health and irregularly but inexorably tightening regulations put utilities under pressure to ensure safe drinking water and wastewater discharge. Potential to improve plant performance and uptime also encourage more active adoption of advanced sensors among industrial operators. This report shows the interesting use cases for different water quality sensors across the water space.

Organizing for Digital

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

Many companies are trying to embark on their digital transformation. However, success rates are not that high; estimates indicate that more than 80% of digital transformation projects fail. While there are many determining factors for success, one of them is the structure of the organization and the culture within an organization. Interestingly, with the arrival of digital, companies also need to re-imagine their traditional structures. How can companies organize themselves to ensure success in their digital transformation efforts? What type of a culture should they build? With the arrival of digital, what should the org structure look like to ensure success in the future?

Artificial Intelligence in China

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

The rapid growth of AI in China has caught the world’s attention. The country has surpassed the U.S. in every possible measure – government support, R&D activity, VC funding, and market traction. Is China ready to take over the world when it comes to AI? What are the opportunities and threats? In this report, we will dive deep into innovation data to understand the progress of AI in China, highlight its strengths and weaknesses, identify some key players, and lay our recommendations for what clients should do / expect.

Food Value Chain CVC Comparison

Coverage Areas: Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

Food companies have become more serious about their commitments to supporting start-up innovation efforts through the formation of numerous corporate VC groups - and their investments have been widely varied in scope. This report will assess the landscape of those funds, demonstrating the winning approaches.

Connected Car: How Connectivity Will Enable Digital Services in The Vehicle

Coverage Areas: Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

The connected car technology space is broad and complex and due to this complexity identifying opportunities can be challenging. This report will look at connectivity and the digital services it enables in the car.

Understanding the Market Opportunity for Metamaterials

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

In the past four years, understanding of metamaterials has dramatically improved, and novel manufacturing techniques have become more mature. With the demand from communication and other sectors, metamaterials are on the cusp of commercialization. This report will identify key innovations and obstacles, and begin to quantify the market opportunity around metamaterials.

The Dawn of Digital Product Optimization

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

Recent years have witnessed the developments of software technologies across the materials, part, product value chain. Materials informatics for material discovery and development; generative design, virtual reality (VR), and 3D printing simulation for part design and simulation; and predictive maintenance software for life cycle management, just to name a few. While each of these technologies progresses, there is still not a Digital Product Optimization (DPO) framework. Closely tracking these areas, Lux has already seen the possibility of some of these technologies integrating together. In this report, we will analyze the possibility of such a DPO. Specifically, we will talk examine what a DPO looks like and what it means for clients in industries across the manufacturing value chain.

Digital Transformation of Healthcare

Coverage Areas: Consumer IoT More...

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

Healthcare systems across much of the developed world have become unsustainable as treatment costs escalate and demographics shift with people living longer. Current healthcare models must evolve, and digital transformation is the way forward. This report will explore how Digital Transformation is augmenting and in some cases even replacing existing models of care for various stakeholders. This transformation not only promises more sustainable healthcare costs for payers but also better health outcomes for individuals. We will highlight both near term and long term business opportunities that clients must consider in the healthcare space as a result of Digital Transformation.