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Chloe Herrera

Energy Storage More...

December 6, 2019

Battery management system (BMS) for electric vehicles and energy storage

IgrenEnergi is developing a battery management system (BMS) for use in EVs and energy storage; it claims the BMS improves battery performance with a combination of electronics and software-based usage models. The company was founded in 2013 by Jitendra Apte and Sunit Tyagi, who have experience in ... read more.
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Lisheng Gao

Consumer IoT More...

December 6, 2019

Localized air quality monitoring hardware and software for buildings, industry, and cities

Davida Herzl founded Aclima in 2008 in San Francisco, U.S.; to date, the company has raised more than $24 million through VC investment. Aclima offers air quality (AQ) sensors to identify air pollutants (CO₂, methane, and PM), map the AQ data, and perform analysis to provide insights into AQ data. ... read more.
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Gihan Hewage

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

December 6, 2019

TAL

Oil processing technology for lubricants, including biolubricants

Develops an automated oil processing technology to increase the lubricity and heat transfer properties of the oil; claims to be able to use any source of oil, including vegetable oils, fatty acid methyl esters (FAMEs), petroleum-based oils, and synthetic oils Primarily focused on treating FAMEs to ... read more.
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Laura Krishfield

Agro Innovation More...

December 6, 2019

Computer vision and machine learning platform for livestock monitoring

Computer vision and machine learning platform to identify cattle feeding patterns and behavior Targeting large-scale indoor dairies, primarily in North America Currently working with four dairies in the U.S. on the second version of its system; the company is no longer selling the first version and ... read more.
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Chad Goldberg

The Future of Mobility

December 6, 2019

Mobility-as-a-service (MaaS) software provider that allows cities to integrate all modes of urban transportation into a single application

The company was founded in in Lithuania in 2007 by Martynas Gudonavicius, Jurgis Pasukonis, Algimantas Krasauskas, and Mantas Vizbaras. To date, the company has raised about $15 million of VC funding, though since its last raise in 2017, it appears to be generating revenue through licensing deals ... read more.
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Tiffany Hua

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

December 6, 2019

Bio-based drop-in and novel materials to replace petrochemical-based PET, including bio-PET, PEF, and PTF. Beverage companies like The Coca-Cola Company have driven the development of 100% bio-based bottles since 2009 after substantial press for the company's 30% bio-based bottle (from bio-based MEG... read more.

Technology

Danielle Bradnan

Digital Health and Wellness More...

December 5, 2019

Kaia Health offers a digital therapeutic that treats musculoskeletal pain via a multimodal platform. The platform includes a program customized to the patient using videos of physical therapy exercises coupled with motion tracking via a smartphone or tablet to ensure exercises are completed ... read more.

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Josh Kern

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

December 5, 2019

Commercial service robots

The company develops mobile robots for indoor delivery and guiding humans to a destination in service industries; the robots include a user interface that includes voice and a touch screen, a 10 kg payload capacity, and an eight- to 10-hour battery life. Compared to others in the field, the company ... read more.
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Venkatesh Konanur

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

December 5, 2019

Silicon photonics-based continuous-wave lidar

The company was founded by CEO Mehdi Asghari in 2018; the founder and the leadership team come from Mellanox Technologies, with experience in the development of silicon photonics; SiLC has not revealed its funding details. The company is a developer of frequency-modulated continuous-wave (FMCW) ... read more.
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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.

Metal 3D printing Segmentation for Emerging Applications

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: January 2020

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.

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.

The Digital Transformation of Warehousing and Logistics

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: February 2020

Supply chain's across industries struggle with the fundamental issues of visibility, reliability, and agility. These challenges get further compounded due to the global spread of complex supply chains, slowdown in global economic growth, and broader sustainability goals. On top of that- customers across the board are now more demanding with regards to lead times, reverse logistics, and product customization in the era of e-commerce. Starting off with the downstream end of the supply chain, this report discusses the novel solutions digital technologies bring to warehouses and logistics that could solve the perennial issues of supply chains while also highlighting emerging players, and case studies for a deeper insight.

Emerging Materials Opportunities for the Apparel Industry

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: February 2020

The apparel industry is a huge market for polymers, coatings, dyes, and more, but the low cost tolerance and fast development cycles make materials innovation a challenge. However, there are increasing demands for sustainable products, differentiation, more functional clothing, and cleaner manufacturing. All this creates new opportunities for materials innovation; this report will highlight the most promising areas.

The Digital Transformation of Chemicals

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: February 2020

As digital innovations penetrate the physical industries, they threaten to upend the products, processes, value chains, and customer relationships of incumbents. In this report, we'll examine the impact of digital transformation on the chemicals industry, highlighting digital use cases in R&D, manufacturing, logistics, sales, and beyond.

Innovative manufacturing methods to shift production costs and customize products on demand

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: February 2020

This report will delve into the many ways manufacturers are shifting away from the traditional high-volume, centralized production model in order to lower per unit costs and respond to product diversity and customization. Methods examined will include adaptive manufacturing, distributed manufacturing, and flexible manufacturing, as well as lessons learned from emerging generative design and product simulation methods and their implications for production. The different methods will be defined and analyzed for value, fit to industry sector and business model innovation and readiness.

Water Infrastructure in the Developing World

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition More...

Planned Publication Date: February 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.