Chloe Herrera

Energy Storage More...

January 17, 2020

Rechargeable, thin-film, flexible batteries using zinc anodes and solid-state electrolytes

Imprint Energy develops printed, flexible, thin-film solid-state batteries with a zinc anode, manganese dioxide cathode, and undisclosed solid polymer electrolyte; customers may customize the battery to fit their needs The company is currently focused on refining its printing process technologies ... read more.
Company Profile

Chloe Herrera

Energy Storage More...

January 17, 2020

The theme of energy storage in 2019 was expansion. Various players made moves to dominate the Li-ion battery space by announcing plans to commercialize NMC 811, secure raw material sourcing contracts, or rapidly expand manufacturing capacity goals. Automotive companies pushed for innovation by ... read more.

Analyst Insight

Lewie Roberts

Digital Transformation

January 17, 2020

Quantum computing hardware and software

Origin Quantum claims to be a full-stack quantum computing company, developing quantum chips, quantum measurement and control systems, quantum software, quantum cloud services, and quantum artificial intelligence; it offers access to all of its products through cloud services. To date, the company ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Laura Krishfield

Agro Innovation More...

January 17, 2020

Bacteriophage platform technology for animal health industries

The company was started by Jarosław Dastych, Ph.D. (CEO), whose background is in immunology, toxicology, and molecular biology applied to medicine. So far, the company has raised about $12 million through grants and $4.12 million from a Series A funding round in 2017. Among its investors, we ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Nardev Ramanathan

Consumer IoT More...

January 16, 2020

Digital healthcare app and mobile OS developer for health insurers

The company was founded by Sebastian Gaudin, Jan Velich, and Neil Liang. So far, the company has raised about $13.1 million in five rounds of funding, the most recent being a Series A round in August 2019. Among its investors, we emphasize LUN Partners Group, which led the most recent Series A round... read more.
Company Snapshot

Jerrold Wang

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

January 16, 2020

As the largest consumer electronics event of the year, CES 2020 has caught attention worldwide from technology developers of AI, 5G, IoT, robotics, consumer electronics, healthcare, and transportation, as well as mass media and consumers. Lux attended this event and saw a variety of new products and... read more.

Analyst Insight

Chloe Herrera

Energy Storage More...

January 16, 2020

Vertically integrated vanadium redox flow battery company

Bushveld Energy is a subsidiary of Bushveld Minerals, implementing vanadium redox flow batteries (VRFB) to provide stationary storage options in sub-Saharan Africa. Bushveld supports all activities in producing VRFB, including mining, processing, electrolyte and battery manufacturing, and marketing ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Chloe Herrera

Energy Storage More...

January 16, 2020

It has been another big year for Li-ion battery manufacturing capacity expansions. Despite an impending legal battle with LG Chem over stolen intellectual property, SK Innovation announced a production capacity goal of 100 GWh in 2025. Car manufacturers and battery makers formed notable partnerships... read more.

Analyst Insight

Venkatesh Konanur

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

January 16, 2020

In November 2019, Draper Labs announced that it had developed a novel lidar system that directly measures the instantaneous velocity of objects while requiring much lower power than existing lidar technologies. While it's not the first system of its type, the product leverages a novel concept called... read more.

Analyst Insight

Yuan-Sheng Yu

Owning the Energy Transition

January 16, 2020

With so much activity in 2019, the Lux Research Energy Team has distilled a year’s worth of information, and this report highlights the top news, technology developers, and questions that you and your peers asked Lux Research about in 2019. This report is not designed as a ranking list but instead ... read more.

State of the Market Report

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.

Building Robotics Solutions: From Platforms to Custom Jobs

Coverage Areas: Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

Planned Publication Date: Q2 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: Q2 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.

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.

The Business of Personalized Nutrition

Coverage Areas: Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2020

This report will examine personalized nutrition business model considerations and strategies.

Organizing for Digital

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2020

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?

The Future of the Composites Industry

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2020

The composites industry is growing rapidly with the development of new technologies and market applications, but still remains very small compared to other incumbent materials like steel or aluminum. This report will take a holistic view on the state of the composites industry — encompassing both glass and carbon fiber alike — identifying key drivers and challenges and discuss strategies to grow the overall industry pie rather than simply competing over current markets.

How to organize for materials informatics

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2020

The potential of materials informatics (MI) to change the way R&D is done within chemical and material companies — and by their customers — is becoming increasingly clear. Lux has highlighted potential MI strategies and the importance of consortia or other collaborations to increase acess to data, but having the right internal organization to make strategic use of this data, and the new business models and MI can enable, can be just as critical. This report provides a guideline on how to form an internal MI strategy, laying out the key steps and questions to ask, as well as the potential pitfalls to avoid.

Do digital healthcare models lead to more cost savings than traditional healthcare models?

Coverage Areas: Consumer IoT More...

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2020

Digital technologies in healthcare are expected to increase in scope and to affect ever more parts of the healthcare system, as Lux has postulated previously. It is, however, vital to examine if new digital methods and innovations provide monetary value compared with traditional models of care. Technology for technology’s sake without evidence of being less costly in the long run, especially in a climate where healthcare costs are becoming unsustainable, can be catastrophic to all stakeholders. Through different models and projections, this report will evaluate if digital transformation of healthcare will indeed be less costly in the long run compared to traditional healthcare models.