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Chloe Holzinger

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

January 14, 2019

Li-ion batteries using protected metallic lithium anodes

Sion Power develops Li-ion cells with protected metallic lithium (Li) anodes; it has stopped pursuing its lithium-sulfur (LiS) technology to focus on its Li-ion cells Deposits Li anode on a metallic substrate instead of using the more common Li foil, then applies a hybrid inorganic/polymer ... read more.
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Josh Kern

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

January 14, 2019

The advent of smart textiles saw a range of sensing technologies, mainly aimed at healthcare, sports, and military markets. Beyond sensing, a range of technologies for integrating displays into textiles has been an active area of development since the mid-2000s. Philips showcased its Lumalive LED-... read more.

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Trifo
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Josh Kern

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

January 14, 2019

Full-stack AI home robot company

Develops an AI home robot product, which will be released January 2019 Differentiates by implementing advanced simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) algorithms on its platform The company is looking to branch out into other home robot applications, such as pet/elderly care and surveillance ... read more.
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Abhirabh Basu

Exploration and Production More...

January 14, 2019

Today, E&Ps are outsourcing water operations that they traditionally managed in-house, as it is becoming cheaper to build pipeline capacity than to haul millions of barrels per day (bpd) using trucks. The rapidly growing midstream segment has responded to the water infrastructure needs of oil and ... read more.

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Max Halik

Future Grid More...

January 14, 2019

Electricity retail with smart metering and residential customer load disaggregation

The company was founded by Christian Bogatu and Daniel von Gaertner in 2017; it has disclosed a seed round of €3 million ($3.4 million) in funding from Innogy Innovation Hub and was also announced as a participant in the 2018 Free Electrons accelerator cohort. Fresh Energy acts as a retailer in ... read more.
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Runeel Daliah

Owning the Energy Transition

January 13, 2019

Decomposition of CO₂ into CO and chemicals using electricity. While potentially highly disruptive, electrolysis of CO₂ is, and will remain, too expensive for commercial viability unless a very cheap source of electricity is available and high carbon taxes are enforced on the chemicals industry. ... read more.

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Yuan-Sheng Yu

Alternative Fuels More...

January 13, 2019

Each year, Lux Research's Alternative Fuels team seeks out the most interesting companies that are driving the evolution of the industry. While many of the heavy hitters in the industry are already at scale or recently reached scale, there are still several new technology developers making headlines... read more.

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Cecilia Gee

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

January 10, 2019

Nanoporous carbon materials from bio-based feedstock

Porous4App is a four-year EU Horizon 2020 project; 11 partner groups began work in 2016 to validate and scale the production of nanoporous carbon materials from biorenewable resources. The project plans to make metal and metal oxide-doped nanoporous carbon materials; it is focusing on potato starch... read more.
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Zeopore
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Cecilia Gee

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

January 10, 2019

Tunable mesopore zeolite catalysts

Developed a proprietary platform process to modify commercial zeolite into mesopore zeolite to increase the catalytic activity and selectivity of middle distillates over light distillates in cracking Claims to achieve pore sizes of 2 nm to 20 nm regardless of starting zeolite morphology, topology, ... read more.
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Connected Car: How Connectivity Will Enable Digital Services in The Vehicle

Coverage Areas: Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

Planned Publication Date: February 2019

The connected car technology space is broad and complex. Because of this complexity, identifying opportunities can be challenging. This report will look at connectivity and how it will enable digital services in the car.

Artificial Intelligence: Challenges and Emerging Solutions

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: February 2019

The rise of AI has left a wake of misinformation, confusion, and overpromises. This report,a follow-on to the first report we published two years back, will look to sort through the hype, establish clear definitions for terms such as AI, categorize different available techniques, and highlight emerging technologies along with the challenges of implementing AI solutions.

Identification of a pathway towards differentiation and success with biofertilizers

Coverage Areas: Agro Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: February 2019

Biofertilizers remain poorly defined, with products like organic material, biostimulants, and compost often incorrectly included in the technology landscape. Unfortunately, this improper labeling serves only to further mystify the space along with potential opportunities. In this report Lux explicitly defines biofertilizers, identifies differentiation among developers and their products, and provides a pathway towards success in this rapidly developing space.

Digital Sales Platforms

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: February 2019

This report will use the digital business model framework to understand the impact of digital tools and technologies on the sales process in the materials and chemicals space. It will cover a landscape of current activities, parse the benefits of digital transformation in chemical sales, and highlight future directions for development and integration.

Corporate Tech Innovation is a Solved Problem: What You Need to Know to Be a Leader

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: February 2019

This report will discuss the most important corporate innovation tools, highlighting some neglected tools, and the keys to successful implementation.

State of Innovation in Asia-Pacific

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: February 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.

Asia's Future City

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: February 2019

Asia's rising urbanization presents numerous opportunities for bleeding edge technology deployment. However, at the same time, lack of traditional infrastructure and a variety of problems from traffic congestion and pollution, will only be amplified as droves of people migrate into cities. While most nations plan to address the immediate needs, several have futuristic aspirations for developing digital societies in a future city. In this report, we analyze the key technologies that will address the demands of Asia's future city as well as highlight the key innovators developing them domestically. 

Quantum Sensors

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: February 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.

Biofuels Outlook

Coverage Areas: Alternative Fuels More...

Planned Publication Date: February 2019

Today’s biofuel industry is a long way from its rapid ascension of the early and mid-2000s. Growth in capacity for first-generation (1G) biofuels has stalled, but advanced biofuels are gaining ground. To characterize this new era of the global biofuels industry, we built a comprehensive database of nearly 2,000 facilities which we use to forecast the growth of the industry and examine trends in new nameplate capacity, location, fuel, feedstock, and conversion technologies.

Top Materials Developments in 2018 and What to Look for in 2019

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: February 2019

To guide clients for the year ahead, in this annual Lux report we review key tech activity from 2018 and identify key tech trends for 2019. We do this by combining analyst input with data from the Lux Intelligence Engine. Themes include a focus on using new digital technologies to enhance customer experience, the difficulty of turning materials inventions into products, and transforming consumer needs (including the desire for sustainability).