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Michael Sullivan

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July 11, 2019

South Korea's April 2019 launch of 5G networks by its three main operators (Korea Telecom, SK Telecom, and LG U+) is already yielding industrial use cases. The most prominent cases are in the automotive sector, where 5G connections are being used by parts suppliers for process improvement and by ... read more.

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Kristin Marshall

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

July 11, 2019

At the end of May, Lux Research attended the Skin Microbiome Congress in Boston. Conference attendees hailed from a variety of backgrounds, including academia, law, medicine, and industry. Over the two-day event, presentations were given to provide conferencegoers the option of 1) building a more ... read more.

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Venkatesh Konanur

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July 11, 2019

The Industry 4.0 landscape today is a complicated web of technologies, with solutions offering to translate incoming data feeds, structure the information, store data, and develop applications. Without proper infrastructure in place for these steps, enterprises have run into issues from dirty and ... read more.

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Venkatesh Konanur

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July 11, 2019

Machine learning-based machine failure and production optimization software

Offers process optimization, predictive maintenance, and virtual sensor software for process industries; provides value for these industries by building tailored models for machine failure prediction and process optimization Claims that its machine learning-based baseline models save facilities the ... read more.
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Max Halik

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July 11, 2019

Aerial inspection of photovoltaic systems

The company was started by Rob Andrews in 2014; since then, it has not disclosed any venture funding, but has received small grants from Ontario's SmartStart seed fund. Heliolytics offers aerial inspection services of photovoltaic (PV) assets for predictive maintenance, increasing yield through ... read more.
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Max Halik

Next Generation Power More...

July 11, 2019

Lux has been tracking the progress of bifacial photovoltaic modules (modules that can absorb light from both directions) for a number of years, but we've recently noticed an uptick of interest in the technology. One notable development was a recent U.S. decision to exclude bifacial modules from its ... read more.

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Lewie Roberts

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

July 11, 2019

Starsky Robotics, an automated long-haul truck developer, recently announced that it has been operating its own traditional shipping service for two years now. The company has been commercially hauling freight for customers with its 40 trucks, 36 of which are completely nonautonomous. The four ... read more.

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Thomas Hayes

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

July 11, 2019

Aroma delivery system

The company was started by Pascal Guillet (Head of Business Development) and Lea Pokorny (Head of R&D and Production), both previously Ph.D. students at the Food Process Engineering Laboratory at ETH Zurich. To date, the company has raised approximately $50,000 in grant and pre-seed funding. Among ... read more.
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Charles Willard

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

July 10, 2019

Foamable algae-based plastic for shoe components

Produces Solaplast, an algae-based plastic that contains 45% algal biomass in ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) that can be foamed and used in insole, midsole, and traction pad shoe components Solaplast has similar properties to conventional polyurethane or EVA foams, and the foamed components are sold ... read more.
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Made in China 2025: Identifying China's Move up the Global Value Chain

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: September 2019

Made in China 2025 is the most important government policy set to transform China into a global innovation leader in the next five years. In this report, we analyze the ten key industry sectors highlighted in this policy by identifying the specific technologies that China will be developing domestically, the funding that will support it, and the key companies where the core competencies of these technologies are embedded.

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

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: September 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?

China's Public, Private, People Approach to Innovation

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q4 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.

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.

The Digital Transformation of Chemicals

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

Overview: As digital innovations penetrate the physical industries, they threaten to upend the products, processes, value chains, and customer relationships of incumbents. In this report, we'll examine the impact of digital transformation on the chemicals industry, highlighting digital use cases in R&D, manufacturing, logistics, sales, and beyond.

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.

Automating the Last Mile

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q4 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 webinar 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.