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Abhirabh Basu

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April 18, 2019

End-to-end monitoring systems for nonrevenue water, meter health, and leak detection

Offer hardware to continuously monitor the health and accuracy of a water meter (or any flow meter) using three sensors, cellular communications, and edge processing capabilities; technology finds hidden revenue and meter errors and can use acoustics to identify leaks Utilities recieve the results ... read more.
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Mia Lu

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April 18, 2019

Nuclear magnetic resonance sensors for monitoring of heavy fuel oil and water quality

The company was founded by owner and CEO Ole Jensen, former founder of Danish Bluetooth pioneer Digianswer. To date, the company has raised approximately $2.6 million from several angel investors. The company makes real-time, online fluid measuring devices, CatGuard and Tveskaeg, based on nuclear ... read more.
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Miraj Mainali

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

April 18, 2019

Blockchain-based marketplace for component manufacturing

The company was founded by Jeremy Goodwin (CEO) and Andy Tong (Strategic Advisor) in 2013; the founders have expertise in corporate development and finance but lack prior domain experience; the company has fewer than 20 employees. So far, the company has raised about $545,000 through multiple seed ... read more.
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Miraj Mainali

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April 18, 2019

IoT platform for industrial enterprises

Develops an IoT platform for industries that can be used to connect devices, manage data and applications, and provide analytics; recently pivoted its focus from automobiles to manufacturing industries Claims differentiation in the platform's capability to connect and manage edge devices, as well as... read more.
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Drishti
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Venkatesh Konanur

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April 18, 2019

Computer vision software to optimize manual processes in manufacturing

Offers a computer vision software for the factory environment to assess worker activity and develop efficient operational practices Claims that it solves an unmet need in the automated factory by quantifying the efficiency of work and processes that involve employees with real-time information, as ... read more.
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Nardev Ramanathan

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April 18, 2019

This is the third article in a series of insights from Lux's participation in the Mobile World Congress (MWC19) in Barcelona. We've previously highlighted the hype surrounding 5G, from fake 5G that does not conform to international standards to 5G that is still far from commercial deployment. Two ... read more.

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Christopher Robinson

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April 18, 2019

Personal rapid transit

Transit X is designing a high-capacity personal rapid transit (PRT) system that uses an overhead monorail and suspended pods capable of carrying up to four adult passengers Pods are electric vehicles that can generate their own power from solar panels or recharge wirelessly on locations on the track... read more.
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Jessica Hernandez

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April 18, 2019

Smart home energy monitoring with electricity disaggregation

Offers a connected home energy monitoring system with embedded processing power to perform load disaggregation Uses current transformer (CT) sensors to gather electricity measurements directly from the home electricity panel a million times per second Continues to target the consumer market directly... read more.
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Harshit Sharma

Owning the Energy Transition

April 17, 2019

Low-pressure natural gas storage for motor vehicles

Builds activated carbon-filled natural gas storage tanks that store gas at 25% of the operating pressure of conventional tanks while offering 50% higher storage volume The activated carbon adsorbs natural gas molecules at 900 psi or lower pressure for a cost of compression between $0.07 and $0.1 per... read more.
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Josh Kern

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

April 17, 2019

New applications in connected cars are providing greater safety, performance, and entertainment for occupants of vehicles. Many of those services require data transmission over cellular networks, such as 4G LTE. Of course, all automotive OEMs want this connectivity, but cellular data transmission ... read more.

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Quantum Sensors

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

Quantum sensors offer improvements in sensitivity and precision compared to their classical sensing counterparts. In this report, we will discuss the current capabilities and development opportunities in materials and designs.

Decarbonizing the Industrial Sector: Power-to-Chemicals

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: June 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.

Understanding the Market Opportunity for Metamaterials

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

In the past four years, understanding of metamaterials has dramatically improved, and novel manufacturing techniques have become more mature. With the demand from communication and other sectors, metamaterials are on the cusp of commercialization. This report will identify key innovations and obstacles, and begin to quantify the market opportunity around metamaterials.

The Dawn of Digital Product Optimization

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

Recent years have witnessed the developments of software technologies across the materials, part, product value chain. Materials informatics for material discovery and development; generative design, virtual reality (VR), and 3D printing simulation for part design and simulation; and predictive maintenance software for life cycle management, just to name a few. While each of these technologies progresses, there is still not a Digital Product Optimization (DPO) framework. Closely tracking these areas, Lux has already seen the possibility of some of these technologies integrating together. In this report, we will analyze the possibility of such a DPO. Specifically, we will talk examine what a DPO looks like and what it means for clients in industries across the manufacturing value chain.

The 2019 Lux Competitive Benchmark for Large Chemical and Material Companies: Assessing Corporate Innovation Effort and Business Performance

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

This reports updates Lux’s popular Lux Competitive Benchmark (LCB) report on large chemical and material companies first published last year. Although centuries old and largely mature technically and organizationally, the chemical industry still requires innovation to drive growth in a tough globally competitive market. To assess who is positioned to succeed, we analyze 40 top chemical and material firms using the LCB (which scores companies based on Innovation Effort and Business Execution) and other analysis tools. We examine the relationships between Innovation Effort and Business Execution, open and internal innovation, and tech research type across the whole industry and for specific industry segments.

Ellen MacArthur Foundation #1yearlater

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

This report will analyze the Ellen McArthur Foundation. Specifically, it will focus on the first 11 to 12 companies that joined and their sustainability strategies (what are they, how likely is it that they're met).

Synbio Partnership Landscape

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: July 2019

This report will map the synthetic biology partnership landscape to identify where current opportunities exist for partnering.

New business models emerge in the agrichemical industry

Coverage Areas: Agro Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q3 2019

Digital transformation is occurring across commercial industries and a similar transformation is emerging in the agrichemical sector. Currently 90% of growers receive inputs directly from agrichemical manufacturer/distributors that apply traditional business to business (B2B) models, but digital transformation provides the opportunity to relieve pain points from the B2B model; for example, enabling product performance comparisons, decreasing transaction speed, and enabling data driven product selection and recommendation. We will walk through the current market trends and landscape of this digital transformation, discuss emerging E-commerce business models, and provide insight regarding the digital future of the agrichemical industry.

The Digital Transformation of Industries

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: Q3 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.

China's Public, Private, People Approach to Innovation

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q3 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.