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Yuan-Sheng Yu

Owning the Energy Transition

May 17, 2019

Modular dry anaerobic digestion system for on-site power generation and fuel

The company was founded by Mainak Chakraborty and Sreekrishna Sankar in 2012 with support from the Indian Ministry of Science and Technology and i2India to commercialize a waste-to-energy solution designed for the urban environment. To date, the company has raised about $750,000, the majority of ... read more.
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Cecilia Gee

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

May 17, 2019

Steel with decoupled surface and bulk properties

Developed a platform technology to produce alloys with a metallurgically bonded diffusion-based top layer; the top layer's properties are decoupled from the bulk material Focusing on chromium, nickel, cobalt, aluminum, and boron as alloying elements for the top layer; technology works on most steel ... read more.
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Abhirabh Basu

Owning the Energy Transition More...

May 16, 2019

Forward osmosis (FO) differs from reverse osmosis in that it doesn't require external pressure to separate fresh water from a feed solution across a semipermeable membrane. After nearly two decades of research, FO is being used in a number of different separations, such as seawater desalination, ... read more.

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Mia Lu

Owning the Energy Transition More...

May 16, 2019

Analytical platform for optimization of biological wastewater treatment

The Columbia University-based business measures and assesses critical water quality parameters and offers suggestions on how to ensure regulatory compliance and reduce operational costs of water and wastewater systems Uses DNA/RNA sequencing to determine microbial signatures and biomarkers that ... read more.
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Mia Lu

Owning the Energy Transition More...

May 16, 2019

Decision support software for groundwater planning and management

The company was started by an experienced team of civil engineers, software engineers, and hydrologists, namely Francisco Batlle, Xavier Almolda, Jesús Carrera, Francisco Javier Elorza, and Jorge Jódar. To date, the company has raised approximately €750,000 from Vento, a venture fund run by Suez's ... read more.
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Josh Kern

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

May 16, 2019

Robotic system for warehouse management

Develops autonomous mobile robots (AMR) and an accompanying cloud robotics platform for warehouse automation The company's suite of robots is quite diverse and includes solutions for heavy freight handling, small material transport, conveyer-to-conveyer transport, and inventory scanning Integrations... read more.
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Josh Kern

Consumer IoT More...

May 16, 2019

IoT platform built for the complexities of multifamily and student housing

Develops a centralized system for managing smart home devices in multi-unit buildings; offering consists of internally developed hubs, third-party smart home devices, as well as software for controlling devices Differentiates by placing hubs in secure central areas instead of inside individual units... read more.
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Michael Sullivan

Digital Transformation More...

May 16, 2019

While commuting in Boston recently, I was surprised to find my internet connection switch to AT&T's 5G E service. More stunning was the crawl the smart city traffic tracking site I was accessing was reduced to during the download. The 5G E service was worse than 4G LTE. This anecdote shows the ... read more.

Analyst Insight

Harnessing the potential of digital technologies for the food industry

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: May 2019

Digital technologies are creating a major impact on every industry. In this report, we will assess the potential of emerging digital technologies for various applications within the food value chain. It will also highlight opportunities for the industry players to harness the digital toolbox and discuss key winning aspects of successful use cases in the food industry.

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.