Natural fiber welding
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Charles Willard

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May 23, 2019

Welds fibrous biomass into fiber and alternative leather materials

Developed a process that reformats fibrous biomass into either natural fibers or an alternative leather material; primarily utilizes virgin and recycled cotton for its fiber platform and vegetable or soybean oil with hemp and cork waste for its alternative leather material; the alternative leather ... read more.
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Kristin Marshall

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May 23, 2019

Fuels and aromatic chemicals from ethanol, sugars, and lignocellulosic biomass

Virent is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marathon Petroleum Corporation Converts bio-based feedstocks into fuels and aromatic chemicals via an aqueous-phase catalytic process; products are drop-in replacements for petroleum-based fuels and chemicals  Claims to be able to use the same catalytic systems... read more.
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Dowdupont
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Gihan Hewage

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May 23, 2019

During its 1Q 2019 Earnings Conference Call, DowDuPont announced it would consider selling a total of six businesses with combined annual sales of $2 billion. Four of the six businesses tie into sustainability, including DuPont's Biomaterials business, known for bio-based 1,3-propanediol (PDO) and ... read more.

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Cole McCollum

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May 23, 2019

Sensor for detecting vaping, smoking, and bullying

The company was started by CEO Derek Peterson; prior to starting the company, he was a VP of Business Development at IPS, a product engineering design firm. The company has not publicly disclosed any funding information. The company makes the FlySense 250, which is an alert system for detecting ... read more.
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Inivation
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Venkatesh Konanur

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May 23, 2019

Event-driven vision sensors

The company was started by CEO Kynan Eng, Tobi Delbruck, Rodney Douglas, and Sven-Erik Jacobsen in 2015; IniVation has not released funding details. Inivation offers event-driven vision sensors that are activated by motion in the frame, as opposed to continuously filming the entire scene; this helps... read more.
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Joshua Haslun

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May 23, 2019

Develops products to improve crop nutrient use efficiency

The company was started by Paine & Partners as an investment platform for plant health and nutrition solutions, but through acquisitions and collaborations developed valuable products. To date, the company has raised about $40 million. The company makes a wide variety of products, including ... read more.
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Ion storage systems
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Tim Grejtak

Energy Storage More...

May 22, 2019

Inorganic solid-state batteries with oxide-based electrolyte

Ion Storage Systems develops an oxide-based solid electrolyte and multilayer ceramics manufacturing process for high-power, high-energy solid-state batteries using lithium metal anodes and a variety of cathodes Demonstrated 6C lithium plating rates and 100 cycles without degradation or short-... read more.
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Gem
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Tim Grejtak

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May 22, 2019

End-of-life management of Li-ion batteries is a complex undertaking. With Li-ion battery deployment expected to quadruple over the next five years, largely driven by the transportation sector, major stakeholders like automakers are looking to near-term solutions to responsibly and profitably manage ... read more.

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Yarok
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Harini Venkataraman

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May 21, 2019

Pathogen detection system for food safety applications

Develops rapid pathogen detection test based on intracellular metabolism of bacterial pathogens like Salmonella, Listeria, and E. coli; currently not focusing on yeasts and mold detection Develops proprietary reagents and markers that, when applied to the food samples, result in intensification of ... read more.
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Innovating innovation using digital technologies

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: May 2019

While data collection and analysis offers the ability to transform all parts of the value chain in manufacturing, applying this to innovate new products represents a unique opportunity. It is not capex-intensive, not that disruptive to ongoing operations, and can significantly decrease time and cost involved in product development in the manufacturing sector. This report will identify how clients in the manufacturing sector can enhance their innovation efforts through the use of advanced data analytics and other digital technologies. We will also explore how digitalization of innovation will impact the underlying core innovation processes itself.

The Cost-Effective Distributed Grid: Energy Trading Within Microgrids

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: May 2019

While the energy transition promises a decentralized electrical grid composed of a network of actors with distributed energy resources, microgrids are not cost-effective for many electricity customers around the world. However, recent years have seen a rise of energy trading software platforms, which promise to provide better compensation for distributed generation and energy assets. We examine the combination of energy trading and microgrid technology to determine if we have finally crossed that critical financial turning point - whether it is more cost-effective to source electricity from distributed resources than from the electrical grid.

Innovations in Wave and Tidal Energy

Coverage Areas: Next Generation Power More...

Planned Publication Date: May 2019

Tidal and wave energy can deliver dispatchable power to the grid that is still renewable. As such, they may replace gas peakers and other backup facilities in the future. However, this technology is hard to deploy, mostly because of harsh mechanical conditions. This report lists the innovations in the space in order to assess its true potential.

Water Quality Monitoring: Why, How, and The Future

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition More...

Planned Publication Date: May 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.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution for Every Industry: A Taxonomy of Industry 4.0​

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

Industry 4.0 encompasses the digitization and interlinking of the entire value chain of a physical, product-based industry. This taxonomy first examines the various components of such a value chain, and then further deconstructs and examines the most relevant use cases, applications, technologies, and key players under each. ​Additionally, we recommend that companies exploring an Industry 4.0 initiative should look at use-cases and technologies that are relatively mature, easy to implement, and carry a high, tangible ROI.

Artificial Intelligence in China

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

This report will provide a deep understanding of AI activities in China and how these activities are poised to impact the world. We will analyze investment activity and government support in this space, evaluate the most important AI technologies and applications being targeted in China, and highlight how Chinese AI companies are gaining traction in the global marketplace.

Water Infrastructure in the Developing World

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition More...

Planned Publication Date: June 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.

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.

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?