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Laura Krishfield

Agro Innovation More...

March 1, 2019

Precision agriculture intelligence platform for crop monitoring

Precision agriculture platform that applies deep learning to detect crop health issues and provide treatment recommendations from satellite and high-resolution drone imagery  The company captures the aerial imagery using drones, manned aircraft, and satellites; notably, the resolution of drone ... read more.
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Mia Lu

Owning the Energy Transition More...

March 1, 2019

Membrane-free capacitive deionization for industrial water purification

The company was founded by chemist-turned-entrepreneur Cameron Lippert (CEO) and chemical engineer James Landon (CTO). To date, the company has raised approximately $1.5 million from the U.S. National Science Foundation, Bluegrass Angels, and Clean Energy Trust; it had planned a Series A round to ... read more.
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Kristin Marshall

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

February 28, 2019

Intermediate chemicals derived from bio-based feedstocks via biological or chemical conversions. Although bio-based intermediates have a lower carbon footprint and the potential for increased feedstock diversification, there are several variables to consider before pursuing these chemicals. One of ... read more.

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Biocellection
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Charles Willard

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

February 28, 2019

Catalytic process to convert polyethylene waste to succinic, adipic, and azelaic acid

Developing a catalytic process to convert unrecyclable polyethylene waste to split production of mostly succinic, adipic, and azelaic acid and small volumes of glutaric, pimelic, and suberic acid; cannot handle multimaterial films, but can convert multilayered monomaterial packaging Process can take... read more.
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Evanesce
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Kristin Marshall

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

February 28, 2019

Compostable materials for meat trays and containers from food byproducts

Evanesce was established in 2016 to acquire and commercialize technology originally developed and patented by the Biodegradable Technologies Partnership (BTP). The company produces starch-based formulations by combining starch, hydrocolloid gelling agents, firming agents, and other additives, such ... read more.
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Wondersolar
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Max Halik

Next Generation Power More...

February 28, 2019

WonderSolar is a Chinese perovskite manufacturer that spun off from Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST) in 2016. The company manufactures mesoscopic perovskite solar cells with layers of titanium oxide, zirconium oxide, and carbon that act as scaffolding for a perovskite material, ... read more.

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Indorama ventures
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Charles Willard

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

February 28, 2019

A clear path to commercialization is emerging in the polyethylene terephthalate (PET) chemical recycling space. In our previous analysis of this circular economy-enabling process, we stated that each developer, despite small technological variations, made similar processing cost and time projections... read more.

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Venkatesh Konanur

Digital Transformation More...

February 28, 2019

AI-defined sensors for traffic management

The company was started by CEO Tar Kreisler, CTO Uriel Katz, and Or Sela in 2017; to date, NoTraffic has raised $3.4 million, with the most recent funding being a $3.2 million seed round in 2018 led by Lool Ventures and North First Ventures. The company is a developer of connected edge devices that ... read more.
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Xnorai
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Venkatesh Konanur

Digital Transformation More...

February 28, 2019

Lightweight deep learning models for mobile devices

The company was founded by CEO Ali Farhadi and CTO Mohammed Rastegari in 2016; to date, Xnor has raised $14.6 million, with the most recent $12 million coming from a Series A round in 2018. The company is a developer of tailored neural network models that can be exported onto devices with limited ... read more.
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Abhirabh Basu

Owning the Energy Transition More...

February 28, 2019

A recent UN study has revealed conclusive data that the brine production from seawater desalination has the potential to harm the ocean ecosystem. The study is calling on the desalination industry to improve its brine management practices. The key findings of the report are as follows: There are ... read more.

Analyst Insight

Energy Storage Market Size: 2019 Edition

Coverage Areas: Energy Storage More...

Planned Publication Date: August 2019

This report will quantify the growing market for energy storage, developing market forecasts to project the adoption of energy storage across transportation, consumer electronics, and stationary sectors.

Water Quality Monitoring: Why, How, and The Future

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition More...

Planned Publication Date: August 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.

Water Infrastructure in the Developing World

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition More...

Planned Publication Date: August 2019

The main opportunity for innovation in water infrastructure exists in developing countries, because they are not hampered by difficult-to-replace legacy infrastructure. This report looks into the developments and describes what technologies are actually being deployed, and why.

Energy Management in the Smart Home

Coverage Areas: Future Grid More...

Planned Publication Date: August 2019

The smart home ecosystem includes different types of solutions and technologies with a number of purposes, such as enabling energy savings, increasing comfort and convenience, and ensuring safety and security in the home. This report intends to focus on the role of home energy management within the smart home ecosystem. The goal is to highlight available technologies and their current applications in the smart home and identify gaps, key challenges, and areas of opportunity.

The Digital Transformation of Industries

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: August 2019

The digital transformation provides a launching point for digital-native companies to establish themselves in the physical industries. Incumbents need to anticipate how this change will impact their industry and act on the threats that they face. We create a framework for understanding the digital transformation of an industry, which identifies six core outcomes that digital transformation achieves in any application: uncover invisible insights, predict the future, optimize, upskill humans, make information accessible, and automate. We also discuss how digital use cases, tools, and outcomes are typically lateral across industries, and thus how learnings from one industry can translate to another.

The Digital Maturity Model

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: August 2019

There is significant hype around digital transformation and companies are vying with each other to build connected products and processes. However, estimates indicate that more than 80% of digital transformation projects fail. One of the reasons these organizations fail is due to a significant mismatch between their digital capabilities and their digital goals. Companies need a framework to determine their current level of "digitalness" and what capabilities they need to add to get to the next level; in this manner, they can approach their digital transformation in a step-by-step manner thus enhancing their chances of success. In this report, we will present the Lux Digital Maturity Model which will clearly define the different levels of digital maturity in terms of various underlying parameters. In subsequent research, we plan to use this maturity model to benchmark the maturity of digital transformation in various sectors.

Thermal Management Materials Innovation Landscape

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: August 2019

All types of electronic devices will need improved thermal management materials and systems. As chips improve their performance and more devices are packed into smaller areas, heat fluxes will increase, which will pose major cooling challenges. This report provides a landscape of material innovations, an overview of key players in the field, and our thoughts on future opportunities in thermal management materials.

State of Innovation in Asia-Pacific

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: August 2019

As the dynamics of the global innovation ecosystem continues to shift with the rise of China, interest in Asia-Pacific has never been greater. While historical powerhouses, such as Japan and Korea, continue to innovate at their reputable rates, China's nationa initiatives as well as the flow of their capital into the surrounding areas - Southeast Asia and India - will likely spur the rise of new innovation ecosystems. In this report we take a look at the key hotspots for innovation, identifying the major players in the powerhouses, as well as finding hidden gems in the less thought about countries.

Decarbonizing the Industrial Sector: Power-to-Chemicals

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: August 2019

In our recently-published "Decarbonizing the Industrial Sector" report, we introduced electrochemical conversion as 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.

Industrial Power Symbiosis: Finding Cost-Effective Cases for On-Site Power Generation

Coverage Areas: Future Grid More...

Planned Publication Date: September 2019

When and how will industrial customers of electricity find it most cost-effective to source their own electricity from on-site generators? This report will match power generation technologies with the industries that can benefit from their use and secondary benefits, such as heat and hydrogen production.