Patricia Seoane da Silva

Owning the Energy Transition

March 27, 2020

Vuilleumier heat pumps for space heating, water heating, and air conditioning

Paul Schwartz and Peter Hofbauer co-founded ThermoLift in 2012; since then, the company has raised about $25 million in funding, including grants from the U.S. Department of Energy and NYSERDA, as well as funding from NREL's Wells Fargo incubator and an undisclosed group of gas consortia The company... read more.
Company Profile

Harshit Sharma

Digital Transformation More...

March 27, 2020

Automatic feature extraction for predictive maintenance solutions

The company was founded by Katia Hilal in 2017 as a spinoff from the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS); Katia currently serves as the company's chief operating officer. The company makes a predictive maintenance software that offers automatic feature extraction from scarce time ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Benjamin Torda

Next Generation Power More...

March 26, 2020

Floating photovoltaic system utilizing one- or two-axis trackers

Develops Protevs, a floating photovoltaic (FPV) system consisting of thermoplastic floats and equipped with either one-axis tracking (0° to 45°) or two-axis tracking (180° east to west) capabilities; in this system, the floats are arranged in an islandlike configuration consisting of two external ... read more.
Company Profile

Holly Havel

Exploration and Production More...

March 26, 2020

Airborne leak detection for oil and refined product pipelines

The company was founded by CEO Eric Bergeron in Quebec City in 2015 and spun out of the National Optics Institute; prior to finding Flyscan, Eric founded security automation startup Optosecurity and led the company to acquisition by a division of Toyota Industries. To date, the company has raised ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Drishti Masand and Kristin Marshall

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

March 26, 2020

The skin microbiome is poised to revolutionize the personal care space, with more effective products and the potential for more personalized skin care treatments. Yet, all skin care products impact the host-microorganism relationship. As skin microbiome science becomes commonplace and brands use the... read more.

Case Study

Chloe Herrera

Energy Storage More...

March 26, 2020

Polymer-based electrolyte and energy storage materials development

Lionano SE develops non-PEO-based polymer solid-state electrolytes for use in Li-ion batteries The group formed three years ago at Lionano, a developer of Li-ion battery cathodes, and Lionano SE was officially founded in August 2019 by Siyu Huang and Alex Yu to focus solely on electrolyte ... read more.
Company Profile

Joshua Haslun

Agro Innovation More...

March 26, 2020

Smartphone and automated monitoring of fresh produce quality

The company was founded by a team of four Indian Institute of Technology Bombay alumni; Milan Sharma (CEO), Nishant Mishra (CTO), Himani Shah (CFO), and Devendra Chandani (Head of North America business unit). To date, the company has raised about $2 million in seed funding. Among its investors, we ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Josh Kern

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

March 26, 2020

Lux attended this year's MODEX show in Atlanta to learn how robotics is being leveraged across supply chains. Whether in factories, distribution centers, or transportation and logistics, robotics is playing a huge role in driving efficiencies and scaling operations across the supply chain. Here are ... read more.

Analyst Insight

Benjamin Torda

Exploration and Production More...

March 26, 2020

Geothermal energy can be used for power production or heating. The International Energy Agency estimates that geothermal could supply 1,600 TWh of thermal energy by 2050, or 3.9% of projected global thermal energy demand. Geothermal heating takes one of two forms. The first uses geothermal heat ... read more.

Case Study

Advanced Recycling: Finding a Cost Advantage in Hydrolysis, Glycolysis, and Methanolysis

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q3 2020

Low quality PET waste streams represent some of the largest opportunities in the plastic recycling space, drawing significant interest to depolymerization developers. Among these developers, three unique depolymerization routes are being taken to commercial capacities: hydrolysis, glycolysis, and methanolysis. In The Future of Plastic Recycling report, we modeled the cost of the hydrolysis process. Here we will go a step further by analyzing cost models of the glycolysis and methanolysis routes to predict the long-term winning technology.

Sustainable Polymer Outlook

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q3 2020

Future projections of a circular economy emphasize that a combination of recycled and bio-based resources will serve as a feedstock for our polymer needs. However, in order for that idealistic future to be realized, there must be a significant build-up of various technologies, including advanced recycling tech and bio-based polymer capacity. In this report, we highlight the state of these emerging technologies today and how these technologies must grow to fulfill a circular economy.

Technologies Driving the Circular Economy in Apparel

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: Q3 2020

As climate change concerns are moving to the forefront of consumer minds, the apparel industry has been under pressure to adopt sustainable practices and ideals. Brand owners have made commitments to supply chain visibility and to support the circularity economy through their own initiative or other initiatives like the Fashion Pact and the Sustainable Apparel Coalition. To realize these commitments, brand owners and material manufacturers must be ready to transform their supply chain and adopt new technologies and business models. In this report, Lux outlines the upcoming technologies and business models that will accelerate the circular economy and supply chain visibility in the apparel industry including supply chain tracking, textile recovery, disassembly, and textile recycling.

Sustainable Building Materials Update

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: Q3 2020

Construction standards like LEED have slowly but steadily reshaped the building materials space. Now, sustainability pressures are impacting not just the design of buildings, but their materials and their end of life. This creates new opportunities for clients to launch products and build businesses. To guide clients, this report examines the pressures on the construction sector and highlights innovations in key areas like concrete innovations, prefabrication, and construction waste reuse.

The True Costs of Electric Vehicles

Coverage Areas: Energy Storage More...

Planned Publication Date: Q3 2020

Electric vehicles are the most promising zero-emission vehicle technology, and continue to show strong growth within the automotive sector. However, they remain more expensive to build compared to incumbent internal combustion vehicles. This report will analyze the total cost of electric powertrains compared to those from internal combustion engines and provide a forecast to identify the EV tipping point - when EVs become cheaper to build. It will also consider how total costs of ownership compare between the two powertrain types.

CO₂ Capture & Utilization - Recycling CO₂ for food, fuels, materials, and chemicals

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2020

Service Models in 3D Printing

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2020

3D printing services are an increasingly important portion of the additive manufacturing landscape. Service and software companies often get more investment and generate revenue more quickly compared to 3DP hardware or materials developers. While some 3DP services are advanced and already in use, there is still room for innovation and larger companies to implement service business models. In this report, we will summarize the service models in the 3dp space, provide a maturity analysis of these solutions and discuss their potential to improve product manufacturing processes.

Future of Design Disruption

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2020

The combination of generative design, additive manufacturing and digital tools, such as 5G, AI and digital twins are disrupting traditional product design, ultimately changing the sequential design process (from design to prototype to manufacturing) to a continuous one, where stages run semi-autonomously and overlap, improving design outcomes and manufacturability. This report identifies that pros and cons of the disruption, the tools and methods involved, and the impact on industry sectors.

Deep Decarbonization: Towards a carbon-neutral industry

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2020

Mobility in the Smart City

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2020

As many cities grapple with growing populations, managing mobility infrastructure is a growing challenge as more people also mean more emissions and congestion. This report will look at the various emerging solutions within smart cities that can better manage mobility including intelligent traffic systems, parking infrastructure, autonomous vehicles, and methods for collecting data within the urban environment.