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Cole McCollum

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February 26, 2019

Koito is a leading exterior automotive lighting OEM. The company was interested in building a more accurate adaptive driving beam (ADB) solution for its headlights, in which a panel of LED lights would selectively turn off so as to illuminate the surroundings without blinding oncoming drivers. Given... read more.

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Lithium werks
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Chloe Holzinger

Energy Storage More...

February 25, 2019

Li-ion cell manufacturer

Lithium Werks manufactures Li-ion batteries with lithium-iron-phosphate (LFP) cathodes using A123's nanostructured cathode material and Valence Technology's modular pack design. The company made several large acquisitions in 2018: Valence Technology, which made Li-ion batteries with lithium-iron-... read more.
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Cnano
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Anthony Schiavo

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

February 24, 2019

Multiwalled carbon nanotubes, graphene nanoplatelets, and derivatives

Produces multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) and graphene nanoplatelets (GNPs) for applications in polymer compounding and Li-ion batteries Has production capacity for 1,000 MT/yr of MWCNTs and 50 MT/yr of GNPs; plans to add an additional 2,000 MT/yr of MWCNT capacity over the next three to four ... read more.
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Nanox
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Anthony Schiavo

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

February 24, 2019

Graphene supplier and manufacturer for compounding and molding

Produces graphene from graphite for compounding, molding, and forming of graphene-enhanced plastics; NanoXplore produces a multilayer graphene nanoplatelet (GNP) that is much cheaper than those of competitors but does not have comparable properties to single-layer GNPs Plans to scale graphene ... read more.
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Jerrold Wang

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

February 24, 2019

Chinese carbon fiber manufacturer that produces T300, T700, T800, and M30 carbon fibers

One of the top three leading carbon fiber manufacturers in China; the company is a subsidiary under China National Building Material (CNBM), a state-owned Fortune 500 company. The company develops polyacrylonitrile (PAN) precursor, carbon fiber, and carbon fiber reinforced polymers (CFRPs); the ... read more.
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Meti
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Tim Grejtak

Energy Storage More...

February 22, 2019

One of the most crucial developments in the stationary energy storage market over the past two years was not new technology, but new policy, specifically the policies that enabled a single energy storage asset to secure multiple revenue streams by providing different grid services – a practice ... read more.

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Cecilia Gee

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

February 22, 2019

GVD

Functional coatings for mold release and electronics protection

Hilton Pryce Lewis and Karen Gleason from the Gleason Lab at MIT spun out GVD in 2001 to commercialize initiated chemical vapor deposition (iCVD) technology, similar to the startup DropWise, also from the Gleason Lab. The company is a developer of iCVD, a platform technology that uses a free-radical... read more.
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Decarbonizing the Industrial Sector

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: September 2019

The industrial sector is responsible for 21% of global CO2 emissions and will be the hardest to decarbonize due to its intrinsic need for carbon feedstock and high thermal requirements needs for process operations. However, the industry is coming under increasing pressure to innovate and adopt low-carbon solutions. In this report, we will examine the various technology options available for key industrial sectors to decarbonize their operations, and assess the opportunities and challenges that exist for sector.

China's Public, Private, People Approach to Innovation

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: October 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.

Plastic Recycling Technologies Cost Assessment

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: October 2019

This report will model the cost of various plastic recycling technologies in order to assess and compare their respective value propositions.

How Digitally-Driven R&D Consortia Will Impact the Chemicals and Materials Industry

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: October 2019

New digitally driven tools – including advanced modeling and simulation, high-throughput screening, and materials informatics – are increasingly mature in the chemicals and materials space. While these tools are powerful and complementary, the data0centric nature makes them more valuable when companies form collaborations within or across the value chain. In addition, structural issues like long regulatory timelines still slow the process of bringing new products to market. This report looks to the pharmaceutical industry to understand how the chemicals and materials industry can form consortia to both better utilize these tools and overcome these structural challenges, and gives an outlook on the future of chemicals and materials R&D.

Ubiquitous Sensing

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

As commoditized sensors become cheaper and offer improved performance they can now be more readily incorporated into new applications and devices that were previously not feasible. These always-on sensors in consumer and industrial environments will allow for continuous monitoring, all while being transparent and not interfering with individuals daily activities.

Southeast Asia's Energy Startup Ecosystem

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

Under a drastically different economic and technology backdrop, Southeast Asia's energy startup ecosystem has spawned with accessibility, affordability, and reliability as the top priorities in energy. This report will take a look at the region's energy startup ecosystem and identify the key players leading the cause and the unique sets of challenges they face. As the future global center of energy demand, it remains critical to understand the region to find key opportunities to enter the market with a higher success rate.

Decarbonizing the Industrial Sector: Carbon Capture

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

In our recently-published "Decarbonizing the Industrial Sector" report, we introduced carbon capture as a key technology that will allow multiple industrial sectors to decarbonize their operations by capturing CO₂ emissions from point-sources. In this report, we will look at the cost of carbon capture using multiple configurations, as well as the regulatory framework support needed to support the adoption of carbon capture in the industrial sector.

Emerging Materials Opportunities for the Apparel Industry

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

The apparel industry is a huge market for polymers, coatings, dyes, and more, but the low cost tolerance and fast development cycles make materials innovation a challenge. However, there are increasing demands for sustainable products, differentiation, more functional clothing, and cleaner manufacturing. All this creates new opportunities for materials innovation; this report will highlight the most promising areas.

Metal 3D printing Segmentation for Emerging Applications

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

This report will analyze the technical capabilities of existing metal 3D printers to: 1) define common use cases; 2) highlight further development areas; and 3) emphasize the caveats of metal 3D printing applications.

The Digital Transformation of Chemicals

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

Overview: As digital innovations penetrate the physical industries, they threaten to upend the products, processes, value chains, and customer relationships of incumbents. In this report, we'll examine the impact of digital transformation on the chemicals industry, highlighting digital use cases in R&D, manufacturing, logistics, sales, and beyond.