Drishti Masand

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

December 13, 2019

Develops an additive that forms a nanovoided structure for commodity and biobased polymers

VOID is a materials science company spun out of Kimberly-Clark to commercialize the VO⁺ technology; it is headquartered in London, U.K., and has R&D and manufacturing in Wisconsin, U.S. The company is a developer of an additive to form a nanovoided structure (hollow cavities) into commodity and bio-... read more.
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Drishti Masand

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

December 13, 2019

A new water vapor harvesting system for applications in low-humidity locations

The S.A.W.E.R project is a water vapor harvesting system; it is a collaboration of experts from the University Centre for Energy-Efficient Buildings (UCEEB) and Mechanical Engineering of CTU with the Institute of Botany of the Czech Academy of Sciences; it will be deployed in the Czech Republic ... read more.
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Jerrold Wang

Consumer IoT More...

December 13, 2019

Smart home control devices and platform

Develops two models of smart remote products called Smart Remote U and X that can connect to and control various home devices, as well as a smart home platform and smartphone app Smart Remote X has a function called Point Mode; with this function, when Smart Remote X points to a certain direction in... read more.
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Jerrold Wang

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December 13, 2019

U.S. research consortium focused on R&D and commercialization of functional fibers and textiles

Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA) was founded in 2016 as a nonprofit institute to boost manufacturing innovations for transformation of the traditional fibers, yarns, and textiles industries; AFFOA is one of members of the National Network of Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) Institutes. ... read more.
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Jerrold Wang

Consumer IoT More...

December 13, 2019

Sound recognition technology serving consumer electronics for home and automotive applications

The company was founded by Chris Mitchell to empower consumer devices with sound recognition capabilities; before founding the company, Chris obtained a Ph.D. in sound information systems and signal processing from Anglia Ruskin University; the company has raised a total of $20 million in investment... read more.
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Chad Goldberg

Energy Storage More...

December 13, 2019

Developer of battery-electric and solar-electric aircraft

Develops two- and four-seater electric aircraft primarily intended for the flight training market, where an estimated 66,000 training aircraft are needed in the next 20 years to train the nearly 800,000 pilots who will be needed over the same period  The company plans to use Li-ion cells that carry ... read more.
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Tiffany Hua

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December 13, 2019

Biodegradable and compostable resins and films

SECOS Group is the merger of Cardia Bioplastics and Stellar Films Group, which occurred in 2015; Cardia Bioplastics was established in 2002 and was previously known as Biograde; SECOS Group is headquartered in Melbourne, Australia. The company makes biodegradable and compostable resins based on a ... read more.
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Drishti Masand

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December 13, 2019

Plant-based alternative material to replace the use of plastics for single-use cups and packaging

Developed a biodegradable plant-based material for packaging applications Currently testing its materials with potential customers and plans to establish a pilot production plant early 2020 to manufacture the material on a larger scale Targets single-use cup and packaging applications as an ... read more.
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Patricia Seoane da Silva

Next Generation Power More...

December 13, 2019

Floating solar platforms for marine applications

Oceans of Energy was started in 2016 by current CEO Allard van Hoeken; to date, the company has raised an undisclosed amount of funding, including a €300,000 investment from UNIIQ, as well as funding under EU project FORESEA– which has a total budget of €10.75 ($11.97) million. The company develops ... read more.
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Yuan-Sheng Yu

Digital Transformation More...

December 13, 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.

Analyst Insight

How Digitally-Driven R&D Consortia Will Impact the Chemicals and Materials Industry

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: December 2019

New digitally driven tools – including advanced modeling and simulation, high-throughput screening, and materials informatics – are increasingly mature in the chemicals and materials space. While these tools are powerful and complementary, the data0centric nature makes them more valuable when companies form collaborations within or across the value chain. In addition, structural issues like long regulatory timelines still slow the process of bringing new products to market. This report looks to the pharmaceutical industry to understand how the chemicals and materials industry can form consortia to both better utilize these tools and overcome these structural challenges, and gives an outlook on the future of chemicals and materials R&D.

Analyzing Technical Barriers to Realizing the Hyperloop

Planned Publication Date: December 2019

Hyperloop was first proposed as an alternative to high-speed rail or airplanes for long-distance travel in 2013. Since then, SpaceX's open call for designs has attracted dozens of startups and university groups. As the next Hyperloop Design competition approaches this summer, this report will detail the feasibility of various Hyperloop designs and identify key technical limitations.

Innovation Clusters

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: December 2019

Innovation clusters seek to stimulate innovation activity by creating localized communities of independent organizations that are all focused on developing new technologies relevant to a particular sector or global issue. This report presents Lux’s methodology for understanding how a particular cluster supports the development and commercialization of innovative technologies. We developed a ten-metric fingerprint for parsing a cluster’s technology and services; we use these metrics to plot clusters on our Innovation Cluster Map such that clusters within each quadrant share similar qualities. Lux is happy to work with clients to develop their cluster partnership portfolios, from identifying clusters that align to innovation needs, to building out a questionnaire for exploratory conversations.

The Modern-day Biotech Business Model

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: December 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 and Singapore

Coverage Areas: Consumer IoT More...

Planned Publication Date: December 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 and Singapore. Almost 1 in 3 people in Japan today are aged 65 or older, the highest proportion of any country in the world today. Singapore on the other hand has the highest median life expectancy at 84.8 years, even surpassing Japan. What is happening in both these nations will inevitably occur elsewhere in time. This report will examine case studies from both countries and suggest business opportunities to explore. The findings from this report will enable clients to plan ahead to address an increasingly aging market in many developed and developing economies.

The Digital Transformation of Supply Chain Management

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: December 2019

From forecasting to procurement through transportation and customer service, digital technologies are reshaping traditional supply chain management operations. In this report, we will survey the ways digital tools are being developed for and deployed in supply chain management to understand the evolving key uses cases and technologies.

Digital Transformation: 2019 Review and 2020 predictions

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: January 2020

In this report, we will review key happenings in the digital space in 2019 and outline our top predictions for digital transformation in 2020

Decarbonizing the global energy trade

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: January 2020

As renewable energy generation grows to meet decarbonization goals, so do concerns about overgeneration and curtailment. Hydrogen is increasingly seen as means to reduce curtailment by shuttling energy that would otherwise be wasted on the grid to other sectors like industry and transportation – a practice called sector coupling. While sector coupling may help curtailment, it doesn’t address the myriad regions that lack the land area or resource potential like Japan or the Netherlands to overbuild solar and wind generation. These regions instead must find a means to import renewable energy cheaply to realize decarbonization goals. In this report, we will highlight the challenges of sector coupling and provide a framework to identify the best energy vectors to import and export renewable energy.

2020 Vision: Top Materials Developments in 2019 and What to Look for in 2020

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: January 2020

2019 was an eventful year in materials as issues of sustainability and plastic waste issues became a massive concern, digital challenges like materials informatics and data-driven business models continued to grow in popularity, new material platforms like metamaterials and applications like 5G rose -- all while corporate M&A and strategic venturing continued apace. This report reviews some of the biggest developments while looking forward to trends to watch in 2020.

Harnessing the Power of Plant Proteins

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

Planned Publication Date: January 2020

Plant proteins are, and will continue to be, a key near-term opportunity within the realm of alternative proteins for the food industry. In the last three years, second generation proteins like peas, chickpeas, and oats have risen in dominance, signaling the diversification of plant-based protein sources beyond soy. In addition to differences in quality between protein-rich crops, the realities of agricultural production are relevant considerations, and there are further regional differences complicating the space. Companies across the agrifood ecosystem need to engage productively with plant proteins, both as competitive threats to existing animal protein businesses and as opportunities for new business growth.