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Holly Havel

Exploration and Production More...

August 16, 2019

Novel liquid-assisted gas lift for unconventional wells

The company was founded by Tim Bridges and Dr. Paulo Waltrich in Houston, Texas, in 2018 to develop novel artificial lift systems for unconventional resources; given its early stage, the company is likely privately funded to date but may have received minor grant funding from Shell GameChanger given... read more.
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Christopher Robinson

The Future of Mobility

August 16, 2019

If you live in or near a large city, chances are you've seen a shared scooter or bike company set up operations. The segment, popularized by companies like Lime and Bird, saw valuations skyrocket and set records for the shortest amount of time from founding to unicorn status. The lure of zero-... read more.

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Josh Kern

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

August 16, 2019

Humanoid robots with cloud processing

The company was started by CEO Bill Huang and Robert Zhang; both have led technology teams, drawing from experience at Apple, Microsoft, and AT&T. So far, the company has raised about $316 million in three funding rounds; the most recent Series B round raised about $186 million in February of 2019; ... read more.
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Laura Krishfield

Agro Innovation More...

August 16, 2019

Pasture monitoring system using satellite images and environmental data

The company was started by Richard Barton, whose background is in pharmaceutical machinery engineering. So far, the company has raised about $460,000 from seed funding in 2019. Among its investors, we emphasize New Zealand-based venture capital firm K1W1. The company is a developer of a pasture ... read more.
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Laura Krishfield

Agro Innovation More...

August 16, 2019

Leg-mounted sensor technology to monitor lying times and lameness incidence in dairy cows

To date, the company has raised approximately $2.21 million. The company makes bovine-wearable accelerometers and a herd-monitoring platform to track animal fertility, lameness, and overall mobility; IceRobotics' platform is called CowAlert, and its two sensors are the IceTag and IceQube. The ... read more.
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Harini Venkataraman and Thomas Hayes

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health

August 16, 2019

This summary report is one of the outcomes of an interactive roundtable of agrifood industry peers, which focused on two major topics impacting the entire agrifood ecosystem: digitalization and personalization. On the digitalization front, this report assesses the potential of emerging digital ... read more.

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Chad Goldberg

The Future of Mobility

August 15, 2019

Growing frustration over congested urban grids and increased commute times has highlighted the need for improved transportation networks. The Government of Maharashtra Cabinet has approved a public infrastructure project aimed at building the world's first commercially operational Hyperloop transit ... read more.

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Gihan Hewage

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

August 15, 2019

While many startups in the synthetic biology space have struggled to bring products to a commercially relevant scale, Ginkgo Bioworks and Zymergen have avoided this so-called "valley of death" via their service-based models. Instead of developing their own strains to sell their own products, Ginkgo ... read more.

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Gihan Hewage

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

August 15, 2019

Synthetic biology techniques to produce amino acids and sulfated chemicals

The company was founded by researchers from the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) in early 2019. So far, the company has raised about $6.22 million, which includes investment from Zhejiang NHU, a Chinese company with experience in ... read more.
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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.

The Digital Transformation of Oil and Gas

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: August 2019

The digital transformation of the oil and gas industry has accelerated at a rapid rate in the last decade ever since the 2014 oil price crash. Oil and gas has gradually transitioned from a digital laggard to a potential leader in digital technologies such as digital twins, predictive maintenance, and gas detection. In this report, we discuss the underlying drivers for the industry's imminent push for digital and analyze the primary struggle it faces today of "digital scale-up".

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.