Chad Goldberg

The Future of Mobility

November 20, 2019

Remote diagnostic tool that scans and diagnoses vehicle electronics systems at OEM standards

AsTech's remote diagnostic device allows technicians to scan, diagnose, recalibrate, and help in the repair of damaged vehicle electronic components by connecting to OEM scan tools over the internet The company has IP that covers remote, bidirectional communication between a vehicle's computer and a... read more.
Company Profile

Christopher Robinson

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

November 19, 2019

The introduction of autonomous driving is one of the largest forces of change in the automotive industry today. While the short-term opportunities lie in advanced driver assist systems (ADAS), which still require a human driver to supervise the system, longer-term Level 4 autonomous vehicles, which ... read more.

Analyst Insight

Benjamin Torda

Exploration and Production More...

November 19, 2019

Plasma thermionic energy converter targeting remote power generation and waste heat recovery

Develops a thermionic energy converter utilizing a cesium plasma to produce DC current from heat Initial device offerings have power outputs of 50 W, 120 W, and 500 W and utilize natural gas and other fuels to produce heat up to 1,900 °C; Atlas is developing a larger device on the hundreds of watts ... read more.
Company Profile

Joshua Haslun

Agro Innovation More...

November 19, 2019

Digital agriculture platform focusing on Russian region

Develops a farm management platform that links growers, produce distributors, and input suppliers through digital platforms In 2019, Intterra released the first version of its platform (SkyScout Advisor), which targets agriculture advisers and currently covers 25 million acres throughout Russia ... read more.
Company Profile

Tiffany Hua

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

November 19, 2019

Develops liquid crystal-based films with dynamic light control

Gauzy is a materials science and nanotechnology company founded by Eyal Peso and Adrian Lofer in 2009; the company is based in Tel Aviv, Israel. The company is a developer of light control glass, including liquid crystal films and suspended particle device (SPD) emulsions and films; its liquid ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Lewie Roberts

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

November 19, 2019

Uber ATG has had a rough PR week. Recently, an independent software reviewer found that ATG is using trade secrets taken from Waymo. In response, Uber has claimed that it "will likely" need to either license the technology or build the necessary software from scratch. Both options could incur huge ... read more.

Case Study

Laura Krishfield

Agro Innovation More...

November 18, 2019

In-line somatic cell and fat content sensor for milk

System uses small-angle light scattering to detect various attributes of liquids in line and in real time Sensor is application-agnostic; the initial algorithm was developed to measure somatic cell count, progestogens, and milk fat in cow's milk Anticipates commercial launch on large North American ... read more.
Company Profile

Drishti Masand

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

November 18, 2019

Paper-based bottle developer; joint venture formed by BillerudKorsnäs and Alpla

The company was founded by Alpla and BillerudKorsnäs in 2019 to commercialize a paper-based bottle initially developed by ecoXpac. The core technology for the venture is from ecoXpac's work; BillerudKornäs is the feedstock provider; Alpla will provide expertise for manufacturing bottles on a ... read more.
Company Snapshot
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Chloe Herrera

Energy Storage More...

November 18, 2019

Performance electric vehicles and battery solutions

Oxra Energies was founded in 2015 by Prajwal Sabnis, who earned a Ph.D. in material mechanics, and Ranjita Ravi, who has experience in sales and marketing; the company partners with Innovate India and Airbus BizLab. The company makes swappable, modular battery packs; it will be releasing its first ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Charles Willard

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

November 15, 2019

Recycled plastic has the potential to displace over 100 million tons of traditional plastic by 2030 due to new legislation and downstream demand. Where will this recycled plastic come from? Investment into advanced recycling technologies - namely depolymerization, pyrolysis, and solvent-based ... read more.

State of the Market Report

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.

Metal 3D printing Segmentation for Emerging Applications

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: December 2019

This report will analyze the technical capabilities of existing metal 3D printers to: 1) define common use cases; 2) highlight further development areas; and 3) emphasize the caveats of metal 3D printing applications.

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.

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

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: January 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: January 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.

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.

Applications and impacts of bioinformatics across the agrifood and health ecosystem

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: January 2020

Building on the first phase of Lux's thematic coverage of bioinformatics, the second phase explores the applications and impacts of this technology on the agrifood and health ecosystem through the lens of subjective and objective analyses. Applications and impacts are broken down for agriculture, food, and health and future recommendations of engagement in the space outlined.

Electrochemicals - What Will It Take for Electricity to Deliver the Final Blow to Oil?

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: February 2020

Electrochemical conversion is 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.