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Laura Krishfield

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

October 29, 2018

Filters that decrease the ripening rate of fruits and vegetables

The company was started by Peter Shalson. To date, the company has raised about $23.8 million, with $10 million from a stakeholder investment made by AgroFresh. The company makes filters, transit sheets, pads, and labels that extract and absorb the ripening hormone (ethylene) when placed among fresh... read more.
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Startchy
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Laura Krishfield

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October 29, 2018

Biomaterial coating for post-harvest treatment

The company was founded by three Holy Spirit University of Kaslik students: Richardos Lebbos (CEO), Kayssar Eid, and Tony Barcha. To date, the company has raised approximately $22,000. Among its investors, we emphasize Agrytech. The company makes starch-based bioplastic coating for fruits and ... read more.
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Holly Havel

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October 25, 2018

Drone-based visual data analytics for solar O&M

Develops drone-based visual data analytics and AI platform to automate inspection processes and streamline O&M efficiencies for solar assets Claims to reduce conventional inspection costs by up to 50%, can reduce inspection times by up to 90%, and has a 97% fault identification accuracy Maintains ... read more.
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Tyler Ogden

Next Generation Power More...

October 25, 2018

AI-driven software and hardware switching system for utility-scale PV systems

The company was founded in 2017 by David Reifsnyder, growing out of inverter supplier Hybridyne Power Electronics; it has not disclosed any funding information. The company develops a hardware and software system that switches between series and parallel connection of photovoltaic strings in a ... read more.
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Moya power
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Tyler Ogden

Next Generation Power More...

October 25, 2018

Lightweight and flexible piezoelectric sheets for environmental energy harvesting

Moya Power was founded in 2016 by Charlotte Slingsby out of research at the Imperial College London; the company does not have any public funding information. The company develops piezoelectric textile sheets that can harvest energy from wind and drafts using undisclosed materials. Energy harvesting... read more.
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Grant Klafehn

Energy Storage More...

October 25, 2018

PEM fuel cells for backup and portable power

The company was started by Ivar Kruusenberg in 2016 and has since raised $100,000 from SkyDeck, a Berkeley, California-based accelerator. The company makes PEM fuel cells that have a power output of 400 W or 1 kW, depending on the model; both require pure hydrogen as fuel. PowerUp plans to sell to ... read more.
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Ceres power
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Max Halik

Energy Storage More...

October 25, 2018

Solid oxide fuel cell systems for stationary power and automotive applications

Develops solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology that uses steel plates and a ceria gadolinium oxide ceramic electrolyte, which it has developed for stationary power and for automotive applications as an electric vehicle range extender Has developed a 5 kW fuel cell stack and is working with its ... read more.
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Holly Havel

Exploration and Production More...

October 25, 2018

Prospects for enhanced oil recovery (EOR) projects hinge on long-term fluctuations in oil and gas prices given the high capital and operating costs associated with them. For example, earlier in the decade, high oil prices combined with declining conventional oil production drove capital investment ... read more.

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Pragma
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Harshit Sharma

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October 25, 2018

Expandable bridge plugs and swellpackers

The company was started by FrontRow Energy Technology in 2018 for development of novel downhole technologies for upstream oil and gas. The company makes expandable bridge plugs and subsurface safety valves, primarily focused on reducing operating costs and increasing production rates. Key ... read more.
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Quantum Sensors

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: June 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.

Decarbonizing the Industrial Sector: Power-to-Chemicals

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: June 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.

Understanding the Market Opportunity for Metamaterials

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

In the past four years, understanding of metamaterials has dramatically improved, and novel manufacturing techniques have become more mature. With the demand from communication and other sectors, metamaterials are on the cusp of commercialization. This report will identify key innovations and obstacles, and begin to quantify the market opportunity around metamaterials.

The Dawn of Digital Product Optimization

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

Recent years have witnessed the developments of software technologies across the materials, part, product value chain. Materials informatics for material discovery and development; generative design, virtual reality (VR), and 3D printing simulation for part design and simulation; and predictive maintenance software for life cycle management, just to name a few. While each of these technologies progresses, there is still not a Digital Product Optimization (DPO) framework. Closely tracking these areas, Lux has already seen the possibility of some of these technologies integrating together. In this report, we will analyze the possibility of such a DPO. Specifically, we will talk examine what a DPO looks like and what it means for clients in industries across the manufacturing value chain.

The 2019 Lux Competitive Benchmark for Large Chemical and Material Companies: Assessing Corporate Innovation Effort and Business Performance

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

This reports updates Lux’s popular Lux Competitive Benchmark (LCB) report on large chemical and material companies first published last year. Although centuries old and largely mature technically and organizationally, the chemical industry still requires innovation to drive growth in a tough globally competitive market. To assess who is positioned to succeed, we analyze 40 top chemical and material firms using the LCB (which scores companies based on Innovation Effort and Business Execution) and other analysis tools. We examine the relationships between Innovation Effort and Business Execution, open and internal innovation, and tech research type across the whole industry and for specific industry segments.

Ellen MacArthur Foundation #1yearlater

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

This report will analyze the Ellen McArthur Foundation. Specifically, it will focus on the first 11 to 12 companies that joined and their sustainability strategies (what are they, how likely is it that they're met).

Synbio Partnership Landscape

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: July 2019

This report will map the synthetic biology partnership landscape to identify where current opportunities exist for partnering.

New business models emerge in the agrichemical industry

Coverage Areas: Agro Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q3 2019

Digital transformation is occurring across commercial industries and a similar transformation is emerging in the agrichemical sector. Currently 90% of growers receive inputs directly from agrichemical manufacturer/distributors that apply traditional business to business (B2B) models, but digital transformation provides the opportunity to relieve pain points from the B2B model; for example, enabling product performance comparisons, decreasing transaction speed, and enabling data driven product selection and recommendation. We will walk through the current market trends and landscape of this digital transformation, discuss emerging E-commerce business models, and provide insight regarding the digital future of the agrichemical industry.

The Digital Transformation of Industries

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: Q3 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.

China's Public, Private, People Approach to Innovation

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q3 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.