Tepco
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Jessica Hernandez

Digital Transformation More...

March 22, 2019

In our Utility of the Future report, we compiled and analyzed venture investments and acquisitions from leading electric utilities in Asia-Pacific, Europe, and North America during the period of 2016 until the beginning of 2018. In the first quarter of 2019, we are already starting to see electric ... read more.

Analyst Insight
Vast solar
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Patricia Seoane da Silva

Next Generation Power More...

March 22, 2019

Vast Solar is an Australian developer of concentrated solar power (CSP) technology. Unlike competing approaches based on parabolic troughs, the company focuses on the design of modular heliostat systems with integrated thermal storage. This concept has been studied and validated at the company's 1.1... read more.

Case Study
Epishine
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Patricia Seoane da Silva

Next Generation Power More...

March 22, 2019

Roll-to-roll indoor organic PV

Develops roll-to-roll organic photovoltaic (OPV) films for indoor and internet of things (IoT) applications Epishine's films have a maximum width of 25 cm and are claimed to be flexible, entirely based on organic materials and efficient in low illumination conditions, with a rated generation of 20 ... read more.
Company Profile
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Mia Lu

Owning the Energy Transition More...

March 21, 2019

Ion exchange resins for removal of arsenic and fluoride from drinking water

The company was founded by Arup SenGupta, a professor of chemical engineering at Lehigh University, and his Ph.D. student, Mike German, as well as Minhaj Chowdhury (CEO), a public health social worker, based on research led by Arup's lab over the past two decades. So far, the company has raised ... read more.
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Mia Lu

Owning the Energy Transition More...

March 21, 2019

AI-powered platform for enhancing and prioritizing sales opportunities in the municipal water and wastewater sector

A pioneer in using artificial intelligence (AI) to increase the efficiency and coverage of sales teams in the municipal water and wastewater sector Data engine crawls more than 30,000 utility web sites and hundreds of government databases daily to build an extensive database of more than half a ... read more.
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Abhirabh Basu

Owning the Energy Transition More...

March 21, 2019

Energy-efficient and fouling-tolerant micro- and ultrafiltration system

The company was started by Henrik Hjelmsmark in 2013; it was initially funded by Syddansk Teknologisk Innovation, but in 2015, it was bought out by Johs. Tandrup, a Danish tap and shower manufacturer. The company is a developer of hollow-plate membrane filtration units operated in cross-flow mode to... read more.
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Miqrotech
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Holly Havel

Digital Transformation More...

March 21, 2019

Integrated hardware and software platform for oil and gas pipeline monitoring

Developing an integrated hardware and software platform for oil and gas pipeline monitoring and leak detection; claims its prediction engine has a projected accuracy of 96%, with the potential to save midsized operators more than $18 million per year External hardware incorporates various sensing ... read more.
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Anaerobic digestion original fluence bw
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Yuan-Sheng Yu

Alternative Fuels More...

March 21, 2019

Microbial decomposition of organic matter in the absence of oxygen for the production of biogas, a roughly 50-50 mixture of carbon dioxide and methane. Anaerobic digestion is a well-established technology with clear applications. While the industry is crowded with major engineering procurement and ... read more.

Technology
Drishti
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Venkatesh Konanur

Digital Transformation More...

March 21, 2019

Machine vision software to monitor industrial workers in manufacturing

The company was founded by CEO Prasad Akella, CTO Krishnendu Chaudary, and Ashish Gupta in 2017; to date, the company has raised $12 million, with the most recent $10 million coming in a 2018 Series A funded by Andreessen Horowitz and Emergence. The company develops machine vision software for ... read more.
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Infinite uptime
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Miraj Mainali

Digital Transformation More...

March 21, 2019

IoT platform for predictive maintenance

Develops a sensor-based IoT hardware and software platform for predictive maintenance of industrial machines Claims differentiation in the diagnostic analysis performed by its cloud platform to predict remaining useful life (RUL) Sells its products and services to OEMs of hydraulic presses, grinding... read more.
Company Profile

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?

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.

Innovation Clusters

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

An innovation cluster is a grouping of independent organizations that operates in a specific sector and is designed to stimulate innovative activity. This report will present Lux's methodology for evaluating clusters and identify regional trends in cluster activities. It will conclude with Lux's guidelines on how clients can choose the right innovation cluster partner for their business needs.

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.

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.

Innovating for a Rapidly Aging Planet: Lessons From Japan

Coverage Areas: Consumer IoT More...

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

The world’s population is aging at an alarming pace. Virtually every country in the world is experiencing growth in the number and proportion of older persons in its population. But in no other country is this scenario more evident than in Japan. Almost 1 in 3 people in Japan today are aged 65 or older, the highest proportion of any country in the world today. What is happening in Japan today will inevitably occur in many other nations in time. This report will examine Japan as a case study to examine what an aging society looks like and what opportunities and challenges it brings. The findings from this report will enable clients to plan ahead to address an increasingly aging market in many developed and developing economies, especially for elderly care and aging-in-place solutions.

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.

Innovating the Lithium Industry

Coverage Areas: Energy Storage More...

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

With many automakers heavily invested in battery electric vehicle (BEV) development and more than 1 million vehicles in annual sales, the electric mobility revolution is well underway. Yet even as more and more automakers announce aggressive electrification strategies, challenges facing the lithium industry could have significant impacts on the future battery and BEV markets. This report considers the gap between lithium supply and demand forecasts, the innovative companies looking to address the challenges in producing battery-ready lithium chemicals, and the established incumbents best positioned to take advantage of this critical market opportunity.