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Lewie Roberts

Digital Transformation

August 14, 2019

Quantum computing software for enhancing chemical simulations used in product design

Develops quantum computing algorithms to enhance chemical simulations used in the design stage of development for products like small molecules, superconductors, drugs, OLEDs, magnets, and chemicals and processes Existing simulation solutions like density functional theory (DFT) struggle with trade-... read more.
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Lewie Roberts

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

August 14, 2019

Mobile robots

Develops mobile robots for last-mile delivery, indoor delivery, indoor cleaning, and security applications Claims differentiation in its ability to easily customize machines for different industries and customers, as well as its mapping software; however, the technology is comparable to that of ... read more.
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Lewie Roberts

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

August 14, 2019

Data labeling for machine learning

The company labels data for companies developing machine learning software, targeting computer vision and natural language processing; it makes its own software that takes a first pass at labeling data provided by its customers before passing it on to human contract workers who make corrections ... read more.
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Wuhan university of technology
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Chloe Holzinger

Energy Storage More...

August 14, 2019

Despite some startup activity, Na-ion battery development today is led by research institutes; more than three times as many academic papers as patents were published on Na-ion batteries in 2018. The value proposition of these batteries is that they are cheap: Unlike lithium, there is already a ... read more.

Case Study
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Tim Grejtak

Energy Storage More...

August 14, 2019

In 2018, South Korea was the largest stationary storage market in the world, with more than 1 GWh of deployments, surpassing Germany, the U.S., and even China. Then the battery fires started. The Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Energy ordered stationary storage systems to cease operations, ... read more.

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Tim Grejtak

Energy Storage More...

August 14, 2019

In March 2017, Aquion Energy, one of the earliest companies to commercialize aqueous Na-ion battery technology, famously went bankrupt after raising $267 million and garnering praise from the nascent energy storage community. Lux and others credit Aquion Energy's downfall to an expensive, ... read more.

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Vladimir Roznyatovskiy

Digital Transformation More...

August 14, 2019

MicroLED typically refers to a technology that includes, first, production of individual micrometer-sized pixels based on inorganic semiconductor materials, which offers better contrast, response times, and energy efficiency compared to LCD and OLED technologies, and second, assembly of those ... read more.

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Joshua Haslun

Agro Innovation More...

August 14, 2019

Artificial intelligence software to control drone flight and image analysis for crop health scouting

The company was founded by Simcha Shore in 2017 AgroScout is a software company rather than a drone service provider The platform is not drone-dependent but rather imagery resolution-dependent in that any image of sufficient resolution (>13 megapixels) provides adequate data The company plans to ... read more.
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Phage biotech
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Joshua Haslun

Agro Innovation More...

August 14, 2019

Commercialization of bacterial phage treatment for OmniLytics arm of Phagelux

Phage Biotech no longer develops its own phage products and has narrowed its scope to focus on crop disease treatments in agriculture It works with OmniLytics in Israel to commercialize the company's AgriPhage treatments for several crop diseases The company's degree of success with regulatory ... read more.
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Joshua Haslun

Agro Innovation More...

August 14, 2019

Precision farming service provider in Brazil

The company was founded by professionals trained at ESALQ/USP in Brazil. The company works closely with Brazilian universities (ESALQ/USP) to develop its products and tools. Compared to others in the field, the company claims improvements in providing precision agriculture services to growers of ... read more.
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Connecting the Dots: The Impact of Industrial and Power Decarbonization on Gas Demand

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

Natural gas is often touted as the fuel that will power the ongoing energy transition. Several energy companies such as Shell, Total, and Qatar Petroleum have committed to expand their gas and LNG businesses, with the latter even quitting OPEC in its pursuit for gas. However, as industrial demand sectors such as power, steel manufacturing, paper, residential heating, gradually move towards disruptive, low carbon solutions such as hydrogen, heat pumps, and electric heating, the outlook for gas needs to be revisited. In this report, we connect the dots between the various pieces of the broader energy system, and analyse the collateral impact of emerging technologies on the global gas and LNG markets in the near future.

Organizing for Digital

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: Q4 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?

Asia's Future City

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q4 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. 

The Modern-day Biotech Business Model

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

This report will looks at biologically enabled industrial productions processes like fermentation and synthetic biology. Their advantages are in being scale-independent, allowing for right-sized and distributed manufacturing, and enabling flexible production. But many companies have struggled and had to pivot toward high margin products to survive. By reviewing the top players and partnerships, and looking closely at the economics of key processes, this report lays out the impact biotech will have on chemicals and materials industry and their customers in food, medicine, agriculture, consumer products and more -- and calls out the right business models to succeed.

Where and how to find the Green in Green technology

Coverage Areas: Agro Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

Lux covers the potential for sustainability and green technologies to become an alternate source of revenue as concerns regarding environmental impact and risk continue to grow.

How 3D Printing Software Will Accelerate the Development of 3D Printing

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

In the last few years, synergies between the design software space and 3D printing have become increasingly apparent. For example, generative design software takes advantage of 3D printing’s ability to expand manufacturability and vastly enlarges the explorable design candidate space. 3D printing simulation software models the stress profile of a part, and therefore predicts part failure before physically printing it. Within the 3D printing community, we are seeing a trend of 3D printing companies developing and strengthening their software components. Several major examples include Desktop Metal’s software for generative design, Markforged’s cloud-based software for part print optimization, and Arevo’s computer-aided design (CAD) and FEA-based software for 3D printing design and simulation. In this report, we review the most relevant 3D printing software technologies and argue that the formation of a 3D printing software thread (design, simulation, manufacturing, as well as workflow management and data security) with data control through the whole process will be crucial for 3D printing at industrial scale. We expect to see more 3D printing companies either develop their own software strategies or to partner with large software companies in the near future.

Scouting Innovations for Corrosion's Tough Problems

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

Corrosion remains perhaps the most persistent challenge we face in the materials industry. New sustainability regulations are making this even more challenging, by pushing out chrome 6 and limiting the use of solvents. This report will scout early stage technologies, start-ups, and identify corporate approaches to tackling the corrosion challenge.