Lewie Roberts

Digital Transformation More...

February 19, 2020

Mass transfer of microLEDs

VueReal develops a massive parallel cartridge-based printing process (not pick-and-place) for printing micro- and nanodevices; this primarily includes microLEDs for displays but also other types of semiconductor devices like flip-chip, vertical, and sensors. In addition to its microprinter and ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Arij van Berkel

Owning the Energy Transition

February 19, 2020

Smart power outlet with backup battery for appliance-level backup power, scheduling, and monitoring

Founded by Caleb Scalf, Roy Moorefeld, and Max Lewin in 2017 and has since participated in the Boomtown and UpRamp accelerator programs; in March 2018, it was selected for the Free Electrons accelerator program Has raised $1.9 million in seed funding and grants so far and is currently raising an ... read more.
Company Profile

Miraj Mainali

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

February 18, 2020

Omnistereo solid-state camera hardware and software platform for autonomous robots

The company was founded by Rajat Aggarwal (CEO), Rohan Bhatial (COO), and Anoop Namboodiri (CSO); founders have expertise in computer vision, virtual reality (VR), robotics, circuit design, and software engineering from academia and from companies including Siemens; DreamVu raised an undisclosed ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Chad Goldberg

The Future of Mobility

February 18, 2020

Recent investments, valuations, and product deployments related to shared micromobility have grown rapidly, thanks in part to the promise these devices show to decarbonize mobility, reduce congestion, and reshape transport in urban settings. However, the rapid rise in the popularity of these ... read more.

Analyst Insight

Christopher Robinson

Energy Storage More...

February 18, 2020

Tesla's Model S is arguably the most impactful battery electric vehicle (BEV) ever made, demonstrating that electrification can be a mainstream technology and compete with similarly priced internal combustion vehicles. Porsche's recently released Taycan was in many ways a response to that success, ... read more.

Case Study

Tugce Uslu

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

February 18, 2020

Additive manufacturing process using a combination of 2D (electrophotographic) imaging and a 3D printing technique called the Selective Toner Electrophotographic Process

Evolve Additive Solutions is a spinoff of Stratasys based on a research project led by Steve Chillscyzn since 2009; Evolve operates independently of Stratasys as of April 3, 2018; it has raised $19 million to date and is currently looking to raise another $40 million The company develops an additive... read more.
Company Profile

Tugce Uslu

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

February 18, 2020

Origin has developed a digital light processing (DLP)-based 3D printing technology, called programmable photopolymerization (P3), with an open materials platform with validated cost and performance improvements for a number of cases. One of the cases includes 3D printing of 100 camera mounts that ... read more.

Case Study

Tugce Uslu

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

February 18, 2020

Concrete reinforcement solutions made of mineral fiber composite

The company was started by Per Cato Standal in 2009; it has offices in Ireland and Norway. Among its investors, we highlight Infinity Wealth Ventures, which is a basalt bar manufacturer in Norway. The company develops reinforcement solutions for concrete, made from mineral fiber (basalt or alkaline ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Harini Venkataraman

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

February 18, 2020

Production of cellular and acellular agricultural products from cell cultures; cellular products include clean meat, and acellular products include fermentation-derived proteins and food ingredients. The cellular agriculture landscape is set to grow further in the coming years. However, cost-... read more.

Technology

Chloe Herrera

Energy Storage More...

February 18, 2020

Li-ion batteries for electric mobility

The company was founded by Huang Xuejie in 2003 in Suzhou, China, based on research from the Chinese Academy of Sciences led by Liquan Chen. The company makes prismatic Li-ion batteries for mobility applications; its uses both NMC and LMO/LFP cathodes, graphite and silicon/graphene anodes, and an ... read more.
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Decarbonizing the global energy trade

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: February 2020

As renewable energy generation grows to meet decarbonization goals, so do concerns about overgeneration and curtailment. Hydrogen is increasingly seen as means to reduce curtailment by shuttling energy that would otherwise be wasted on the grid to other sectors like industry and transportation – a practice called sector coupling. While sector coupling may help curtailment, it doesn’t address the myriad regions that lack the land area or resource potential like Japan or the Netherlands to overbuild solar and wind generation. These regions instead must find a means to import renewable energy cheaply to realize decarbonization goals. In this report, we will highlight the challenges of sector coupling and provide a framework to identify the best energy vectors to import and export renewable energy.

Emerging Materials Opportunities for the Apparel Industry

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: February 2020

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.

Innovative manufacturing methods to shift production costs and customize products on demand

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: February 2020

This report will delve into the many ways manufacturers are shifting away from the traditional high-volume, centralized production model in order to lower per unit costs and respond to product diversity and customization. Methods examined will include adaptive manufacturing, distributed manufacturing, and flexible manufacturing, as well as lessons learned from emerging generative design and product simulation methods and their implications for production. The different methods will be defined and analyzed for value, fit to industry sector and business model innovation and readiness.

Water Infrastructure in the Developing World

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition More...

Planned Publication Date: February 2020

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.

Electrochemicals - What Will It Take for Electricity to Deliver the Final Blow to Oil?

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: February 2020

Electrochemical conversion is 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.

The Digital Transformation of Warehousing and Logistics

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: March 2020

Supply chain's across industries struggle with the fundamental issues of visibility, reliability, and agility. These challenges get further compounded due to the global spread of complex supply chains, slowdown in global economic growth, and broader sustainability goals. On top of that- customers across the board are now more demanding with regards to lead times, reverse logistics, and product customization in the era of e-commerce. Starting off with the downstream end of the supply chain, this report discusses the novel solutions digital technologies bring to warehouses and logistics that could solve the perennial issues of supply chains while also highlighting emerging players, and case studies for a deeper insight.

Preparing for quantum computing

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: March 2020

Quantum computers promise to solve certain problems that are not addressable even by today’s high-performance computers. Previously inaccessible advantages in new product development and operational improvements are being targeted through applications like quantum chemical simulation and optimizing vehicle routes for fleets. Quantum computers are not yet advanced enough to provide advantages for business applications, but the last few years have shown it growing rapidly in innovation activity. To prepare organizations for this emerging technology, we answer why quantum computing is valuable, when it will be ready, and how interested organizations should engage.

The Digital Transformation of Chemicals

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: March 2020

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.

The Natural Language Processing and Knowledge Management Opportunity

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: March 2020

Organizations are built upon the exchange and synthesis of vast amounts of information from both internal and external stakeholders. However, much of this information goes uncaptured digitally and that which does often exists in unstructured formats such as emails, documents, and reports that make it difficult to process and analyze for insights. Emerging AI tools like natural language processing (NLP) offer new capabilities to automatically capture, interpret, and communicate information at a low-cost and massive scale thereby unlocking significant opportunities to improve the efficiency of processes, uncover and manage knowledge, and enable new business models. This report will lay out the landscape of NLP tools and capabilities available, analyze the new opportunities enabled by these tools, and forecast where the space is heading.

Harnessing the Power of Plant Proteins

Coverage Areas: Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

Planned Publication Date: March 2020

Plant proteins are, and will continue to be, a key near-term opportunity within the realm of alternative proteins for the food industry. In the last three years, second generation proteins like peas, chickpeas, and oats have risen in dominance, signaling the diversification of plant-based protein sources beyond soy. In addition to differences in quality between protein-rich crops, the realities of agricultural production are relevant considerations, and there are further regional differences complicating the space. Companies across the agrifood ecosystem need to engage productively with plant proteins, both as competitive threats to existing animal protein businesses and as opportunities for new business growth.