Holly Havel

Exploration and Production More...

February 26, 2020

Closed-loop geothermal system for direct heat and power applications

The company was founded by CEO and President John Redfern and CBDO Paul Cairns in Calgary, Alberta, in 2017. To date, the company has raised approximately $24.4 million through seed, Series A, and grant funding; among its investors, we highlight Vickers Venture Partners, Sustainable Development ... read more.
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Holly Havel

Exploration and Production More...

February 26, 2020

Autonomous downhole tools for multistage completions

The company was founded by Zach Henderson in Houston, Texas, in 2019 to develop solutions to improve efficiencies in fracking operations; the company's funding history is undisclosed. The company makes autonomous downhole tools for single-point and limited-entry fracking in multistage completions; ... read more.
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Chloe Herrera

Energy Storage More...

February 26, 2020

Silicon-based anodes for Li-ion batteries in consumer electronics

Develops 100% silicon anodes using silicon nanowire technology as well as silicon-graphite composite anodes and produces its own batteries Its silicon nanowire anodes can reach 514 Wh/kg in laboratory settings and achieve a specific capacity of 430 Wh/kg commercially with a cycle life of 300 cycles ... read more.
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Chloe Holzinger

Energy Storage More...

February 26, 2020

Wireless fast charging via magnetic resonance for fleet vehicles

Develops a modular resonant magnetic wireless system for fast-charging fleet vehicles, initially targeting buses and taxis Momentum's transmitters and receivers are notable in that their coils are of equal size, which the company claims allows its systems to achieve higher efficiencies than its ... read more.
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Benjamin Torda

Next Generation Power More...

February 26, 2020

Tubular PEM fuel cells

The company was founded by Professor Raghunathan Rengaswamy, S.R. Suseendiran, and Samuel Pearn-Rowe based on their research at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM); Elicius is currently part of the IITM Incubation Cell program; in 2019, it was a winner of the Carbon Zero Challenge; the ... read more.
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Chad Goldberg

The Future of Mobility

February 26, 2020

Electric bike-share company

Wheels was founded in 2018 by Jonathan and Joshua Viner, former founders and executives of dog walking app Wag The company builds modular, electric, no-pedal bikes and operates a dockless bike-share service The company claims a safer, more accessible, and more efficient alternative to current ... read more.
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Nardev Ramanathan

Digital Health and Wellness More...

February 25, 2020

Health insurtech platform that personalizes and optimizes access to health insurance and services

The company was founded by Mario Schlosser, Kevin Nazemi, and Josh Kushner, who were classmates at Harvard Business School and were inspired to start Oscar Health by a shared experience with opaque and convoluted hospital billing systems. To date, the company has raised about $1.3 billion in funding... read more.
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Drishti Masand

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

February 25, 2020

Mechanochemical production of MOFs

Lux profiled MOF Technologies in 2016 – see the full profile through the coverage history below. So far, the company has raised about $3.2 million over two funding rounds; it completed a Series A of $1.85 million in January 2017 with Excelsa Ventures as the main investor, with support from Johnson ... read more.
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Laura Krishfield

Agro Innovation More...

February 25, 2020

Machine learning algorithms and app to organize scouting aimed at identifying and treating symptoms of plant disease, pests, and stress

Develops computer vision and machine learning software (Agrio) to diagnose symptoms of plant disease, pest damage, and nutrient deficiencies and offer corresponding treatment recommendations Saillog's system identifies 100 diseases across 42 different crops Initially established a B2C freeware ... read more.
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Laura Krishfield

Agro Innovation More...

February 25, 2020

Uses bioinformatics and machine learning to develop microbiome-based therapeutics for livestock

The company was founded by current CEO Christopher Belnap, Ph.D., who is a microbiologist with previous experience as a research scientist at DuPont, Taxon Biosciences, and M2E Systems. To date, the company has raised approximately $200,000 from Illumina Accelerator; Resilient Biotics also closed an... read more.
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EV Inflection Tracker: 2020 Edition

Coverage Areas: Energy Storage More...

Planned Publication Date: April 2020

Electric vehicles are no longer a niche segment of the automotive industry, approaching 2 million in annual sales. Automakers are now committing billions toward securing raw materials and battery supplies, designing platforms, and building manufacturing capacity for electrified vehicles. However, as governments around the world roll back subsidies while tightening environmental regulations and forcing automakers to sell electric vehicles, automakers face the challenge of making electric vehicles profitably at a large scale. This report analyzes a decade of electric vehicle data to determine how electric vehicles compete with performance from internal combustion engines on metrics like range, price, charging speed, and others.

The future of big data and edge computing

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: April 2020

Several metrics indicate that, over the past couple of years, there has been a steady rise in interest as well as innovation in the area of edge computing. In a previous report, we had discussed the key drivers, taxonomy of different types of edge computing technologies, and some key players in this space. However, there is little clarity on where and what type of edge computing should be used in different applications. In this report, we will dive into the nuances of different applications and use cases where edge computing will play an important role.

Strategies for doing more with less

Coverage Areas: Agro Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: April 2020

Food, feed, and overall agriculture production struggles with low margins (e.g. high input costs and low product values), high resource use (e.g. land, water, labor, inputs), and today more than ever, the added pressure to reduce environmental impacts. These challenges amount to a tremendous ask of growers: “Do more with less.” But even more importantly input and protection players face an even more difficult ask: “Grow your business on declining sales.” This report connects the need to “do more with less” to the technology and business model innovations that allow you to avoid the characteristic race to the bottom associated with volume businesses, while gaining advantage in a rapidly changing industry.

Beyond Made in China 2025: China's Move Up the Global Innovation Value Chain

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: April 2020

Made in China 2025 is the most important government policy set to transform China into a global innovation leader in the next five years. With roadmaps for developing domestic capabilities in electricity, agriculture, advanced materials, new energy vehicles, robotics, information technology, aerospace, rail, marine engineering, and medicine, the country is currently transforming itself in order to move up the global value chain across ten major industry sectors. But what about beyond 2025? Several technologies possess potential to transform the world beyond the five year time frame. In this report, we analyze hundreds of technologies generated by the Lux Intelligence Engine data platform to identify the key technologies and players driving China's move up the global innovation value chain and determine how domestic players fare against their global peers.

Industrial Power Symbiosis: Finding Cost-Effective Cases for On-Site Power Generation

Coverage Areas: Future Grid More...

Planned Publication Date: April 2020

When and how will industrial customers of electricity find it most cost-effective to source their own electricity from on-site generators? This report will match power generation technologies with the industries that can benefit from their use and secondary benefits, such as heat and hydrogen production.

Building Robotics Solutions: From Platforms to Custom Jobs

Coverage Areas: Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

Planned Publication Date: April 2020

Robotics have automated simple industrial processes for decades, but recent advancements in machine vision, grippers, mobile robots, and collaborative robots have made all kinds of complex processes eligible for automation using robotics. This report will look at what kinds of processes are automatable across manufacturing, warehouses, logistics, and other environments by looking at a series of case studies. We'll also look at what resources are needed to build these solutions, including off-the-shelf platforms and custom solutions.

The Next Generation of Satellite Imaging

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: May 2020

With the emergence of smallsats and significant improvements in computer vision, satellite imaging has begun to serve powerful use cases that hint at its enormous future potential. In this report, we’ll discuss the factors that have led to the advances in satellite imaging we’re seeing today, the many use cases where the technology has found success, and what new capabilities and use cases to expect in the future.

Water Infrastructure in the Developing World

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition More...

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2020

The main opportunity for innovation in water infrastructure exists in developing countries, because they are not hampered by difficult-to-replace legacy infrastructure. This report looks into the developments and describes what technologies are actually being deployed, and why.

The food company of 2050

Coverage Areas: Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2020

Being a successful food company in 2020 requires focus on things like sugar reduction and alternative proteins, but what about remaining a successful food company and growing through 2050? The majority of growth in the food and beverage industries in recent years has gone to companies outside the top 20 players, with smaller and more agile brands capitalizing on the demand for personalized products. This report will uncover the themes and technologies that will be most important to successful food companies in 2050.

Micromobility: Fad or the Future of Urban Transit?

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2020

The last few years have seen an explosion in both funding for and expansion of micromobility startups, which have resulted in thousands of dockless bikes and scooters deployed in cities around the world. Although promising an affordable low-carbon transit which can address the last-mile transit problem, in practice there are a number of challenges including enforcing parking and riding restrictions and ensuring rider safety. However the biggest threat to micromobilty is the lack of profitability. This report will analyze the economics of micromobility, identifying payback periods and return on investments for bikes, scooters, and other modes of micromobility.