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Chloe Holzinger

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health

June 19, 2019

An innovation cluster is a grouping of independent organizations that operates in a specific sector and is designed to stimulate innovative activity. This is one in a series of insights examining innovation clusters in the energy industry, supported by primary research that Lux Research will be ... read more.

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Anthony Schiavo

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

June 18, 2019

Automated drone technology for inspection, maintenance, and painting of surfaces

Apellix has developed a tethered drone platform for physical inspection and maintenance of industrial surfaces, such as conducting contact-based nondestructive testing (NDT) of coatings on customers' assets The drone's modular multicopter has a customizable sensor payload that the company can tailor... read more.
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Abhirabh Basu

Owning the Energy Transition More...

June 18, 2019

A membrane technology that separates two solutions based on the difference in their osmotic potential. Many early-stage companies in FO initially targeted seawater desalination to produce drinking water or process water, but the two-step FO process has yet to successfully compete with the incumbent ... read more.

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Patricia Seoane da Silva, Max Halik, and Holly Havel

Next Generation Power More...

June 17, 2019

Tidal and wave energy can deliver dispatchable power to the grid that is still renewable. As such, they may replace gas peakers and other backup facilities in the future. However, this technology is hard to deploy, mostly because of harsh mechanical conditions. This report lists the innovations in ... read more.

State of the Market Report
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Laura Krishfield

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

June 17, 2019

Recycles coffee grounds into natural oils

The company was started by Fergus Moore and Scott Kennedy. To date, the company has raised approximately $325,118 in total: $305,118 from the Zero Waste Scotland agency and a $20,000 prize from the global social impact competition Chivas Venture. The company develops oil extracts from coffee grounds... read more.
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Katrina Westerhof and Mike Rolfes

Digital Transformation More...

June 14, 2019

Industry 4.0 encompasses the digitization and interlinking of the entire value chain of a physical, product-based industry. Industry 4.0 use cases directly impact the product lifecycle, and are motivated by either top-line revenue growth or bottom-line savings. We develop a taxonomy for Industry 4.0... read more.

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Venkatesh Konanur

Digital Health and Wellness More...

June 14, 2019

Plastic conductive fibers for flexible electronics

Develops and produces conductive plastic fibers for use in smart clothing and flexible electronics Claims that compared to other types of woven conductive fibers, its product can stretch to 50% of its original dimensions and still retain its conductivity; typical resistance for its product is around... read more.
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Christopher Robinson

The Future of Mobility

June 14, 2019

The past century of mobility has mostly been defined by the automobile. Today, however, our relationship with the automobile is changing as new business models aim to replace conventional car ownership with a combination of ride-hailing and vehicle-sharing accessed through mobile apps – a trend we ... read more.

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Alex Herceg

The Future of Mobility

June 14, 2019

Mobility is no longer about the private automobile, and as such racing to acquire the next generation of advanced vehicle technology alone is not enough. Future mobility is using new technologies and business models, with unprecedented momentum in the past three years. This momentum is driven ... read more.

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Patricia Seoane da Silva

Next Generation Power More...

June 14, 2019

Vertical axis wind turbines for off-grid applications and backup power generation

Flower Turbines was started in 2013 by CEO Daniel Farb, who had previously founded Leviathan Energy (Flower Turbine’s parent company) in 2008; to date, the company has raised more than $370,000 through an ongoing crowdfunding campaign. The company develops Wind Tulip, a two-bladed vertical axis wind... read more.
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5G Impact on Innovation

Coverage Areas: Consumer IoT More...

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

5G will provide critical opportunities for new value capture driven by new and existing use cases, with a mix of higher transfer rates, lower latency, lower battery consumption, higher signal reliability, and support for more simultaneously connected devices. This report addresses the key question of how these characteristics create opportunities for innovation in use cases across agriculture, energy, healthcare, manufacturing, retail, smart cities and transportation sectors.

Water Quality Monitoring: Why, How, and The Future

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition More...

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

Due to the size and complexity of water and wastewater systems and the premium instrument costs, the water industry has struggled to automate water quality monitoring. Meanwhile, increasing concerns over public health and irregularly but inexorably tightening regulations put utilities under pressure to ensure safe drinking water and wastewater discharge. Potential to improve plant performance and uptime also encourage more active adoption of advanced sensors among industrial operators. This report shows the interesting use cases for different water quality sensors across the water space.

Organizing for Digital

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: June 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?

Artificial Intelligence in China

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

The rapid growth of AI in China has caught the world’s attention. The country has surpassed the U.S. in every possible measure – government support, R&D activity, VC funding, and market traction. Is China ready to take over the world when it comes to AI? What are the opportunities and threats? In this report, we will dive deep into innovation data to understand the progress of AI in China, highlight its strengths and weaknesses, identify some key players, and lay our recommendations for what clients should do / expect.

Food Value Chain CVC Comparison

Coverage Areas: Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

Food companies have become more serious about their commitments to supporting start-up innovation efforts through the formation of numerous corporate VC groups - and their investments have been widely varied in scope. This report will assess the landscape of those funds, demonstrating the winning approaches.

Connected Car: How Connectivity Will Enable Digital Services in The Vehicle

Coverage Areas: Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

The connected car technology space is broad and complex and due to this complexity identifying opportunities can be challenging. This report will look at connectivity and the digital services it enables in the car.

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.

Digital Transformation of Healthcare

Coverage Areas: Consumer IoT More...

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

Healthcare systems across much of the developed world have become unsustainable as treatment costs escalate and demographics shift with people living longer. Current healthcare models must evolve, and digital transformation is the way forward. This report will explore how Digital Transformation is augmenting and in some cases even replacing existing models of care for various stakeholders. This transformation not only promises more sustainable healthcare costs for payers but also better health outcomes for individuals. We will highlight both near term and long term business opportunities that clients must consider in the healthcare space as a result of Digital Transformation.

Ellen MacArthur Foundation #1yearlater

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: July 2019

In the world of overhype and hashtags, few themes have dominated the global dialogue as sustainability and the circular economy. While there have been numerous contributing factors, much of this hype has resulted from the work of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and its New Plastics Economy to reduce plastic waste. Although the foundation now has hundreds of partner companies, the majority of interest started in January 2018, when 11 companies - Amcor, Ecover, evian, L’Oréal, Mars, M&S, PepsiCo, The Coca-Cola Company, Unilever, Walmart, and Werner & Mertz - responsible for over 6 million tpa plastic packaging a year joined the foundation to move towards 100% reusable, recyclable, or compostable packing by 2025 at the latest. Given that we are one year closer to the 2025 target, how close are these companies to accomplishing their goals? In this report, we aim to evaluate the likelihood of these goals by examining the technologies these brands are involved with, the other technologies being developed to help accomplish these goals, and expected scale-up of these innovations.