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Patricia daSilva

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January 18, 2019

Rotor sails for cargo ships

Norsepower was founded by CEO Tuomas Riski in November 2012 and has received more than $11.6 million in funding in the past two years from the EU, the Finish government, and different venture capital firms. Develops a rotor sail technology that harvests wind energy and provides auxiliary propulsion... read more.
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Biopetrolia
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Gihan Hewage

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January 17, 2019

The company was started by Jens Nielsen and Anastasia Krivoruchko to commercialize yeast synthetic biology technology developed in Jens' lab. Among its investors, we emphasize Novo Seeds, which provided a pre-seed grant to Biopetrolia upon its founding in 2014. The company develops platforms to ... read more.
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Cleyond
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Charles Willard

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

January 17, 2019

Converts mixed polyethylene and polyamide waste to regranulates

The company was founded by CEO Jürgen Pfister and CFO Andreas Nold in early 2017 to help solve the ocean plastics issue by finding an alternative end-of-life strategy for mixed plastic waste. Stakeholders include CEO Jürgen Pfister, who owns 24% of the company; CFO Andreas Nold, who owns 21%; German... read more.
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Purecycle
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Charles Willard

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January 17, 2019

Converts mixed polypropylene waste to regranulates

The company was started by former Walgreens CEO Greg Wasson after he worked with a group called Innventure, which identifies and commercializes the promising unused intellectual property of large companies; it licensed a solvent-based recycling method from Procter & Gamble (P&G) in 2015. It is ... read more.
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Xyleco
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Gihan Hewage

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

January 17, 2019

While Xyleco has been on Lux's radar for a few years due to its immense patent portfolio (see below), there was little evidence of commercialization until it came into the spotlight thanks to a "60 Minutes" feature on January 6, 2019 filled with unsubstantiated claims. Although its website had ... read more.

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Advonex
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Charles Willard

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January 17, 2019

Catalytically converts triglycerides to a mixture of base oils, silicone replacements, and other hydrocarbon products

Catalytically converts oils, fats, and greases to a mixture of hydrocabon products, including group III/IV base oils, paraffin wax, silicone replacements, mineral oil, and a small percentage of diesel and glycerol; claims there are few competing silicone replacements in the cosmetic industry and its... read more.
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Victrex 1
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Michael Kronberger

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

January 17, 2019

A clear leader and market pioneer in the global polyetheretherketone (PEEK) industry, with major applications in aerospace, automotive, oil and gas, consumer electronics, and medical devices  Improved its already impressive financial standing with respect to growth as well as liquidity and solvency ... read more.

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Michael Kronberger

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January 17, 2019

Launched eight new products in 2017, among them enzymes for laundry detergents, starch production, and ethanol production and an isoflavonoid for enhanced microbial growth in soil Annual growth has slowed, with average annual growth decreasing from 9% to 6% over the past five years, and liquidity ... read more.

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Rigetti computing
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Lewie Roberts

Digital Transformation

January 17, 2019

Quantum computing with superconducting circuits

Develops superconducting circuit quantum computer (QC) processors and offers access to them via a cloud platform Claims differentiation from other general-purpose QC competitors like IBM and Google in two areas: the number of qubits in its chipset and the hybrid classical-quantum capabilities of its... read more.
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Valarm
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Venkatesh Konanur

Consumer Choices in Food, Health, and Wellness More...

January 17, 2019

The company was started by CEO Lorenzo Gonazlez, Edward Pultar, and Pawel Sasik; Valarm has not disclosed any of its funding details. The company is a developer of connected water and air quality systems that provide users with alerts on damage events like forest fires and flooding. Valarm uses a ... read more.
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Synbio Partnership Landscape

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2019

This report will map the synthetic biology partnership landscape to identify where current opportunities exist for partnering.

Ellen MacArthur Foundation #1yearlater

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2019

This report will analyze the Ellen McArthur Foundation. Specifically, it will focus on the first 11 to 12 companies that joined and their sustainability strategies (what are they, how likely is it that they're met).

Southeast Asia's Energy Startup Ecosystem

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: Q3 2019

Under a drastically different economic and technology backdrop, Southeast Asia's energy startup ecosystem has spawned with accessibility, affordability, and reliability as the top priorities in energy. This report will take a look at the region's energy startup ecosystem and identify the key players leading the cause and the unique sets of challenges they face. As the future global center of energy demand, it remains critical to understand the region to find key opportunities to enter the market with a higher success rate.

Bio-based Intermediate Chemicals Market Growth

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q3 2019

This report will assess growth projections of intermediate chemicals given different oil-price environments.

Plastic Recycling Technologies Cost Assessment

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q3 2019

This report will model the cost of various plastic recycling technologies in order to assess and compare their respective value propositions.

The Status of Non-metal and Non-polymer 3D Printing

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q3 2019

This report aims to define the 3D printing technology landscape for non-metal and non-polymer materials. It answers the following questions: Who are the key players developing other materials in the 3D printing space? What are their technological readiness levels? What does the technology development roadmap look like?

How 3D Printing Software Will Accelerate the Development of 3D Printing

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Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

In the last few years, synergies between the design software space and 3D printing have become increasingly apparent. For example, generative design software takes advantage of 3D printing’s ability to expand manufacturability and vastly enlarges the explorable design candidate space. 3D printing simulation software models the stress profile of a part, and therefore predicts part failure before physically printing it. Within the 3D printing community, we are seeing a trend of 3D printing companies developing and strengthening their software components. Several major examples include Desktop Metal’s software for generative design, Markforged’s cloud-based software for part print optimization, and Arevo’s computer-aided design (CAD) and FEA-based software for 3D printing design and simulation. In this report, we review the most relevant 3D printing software technologies and argue that the formation of a 3D printing software thread (design, simulation, manufacturing, as well as workflow management and data security) with data control through the whole process will be crucial for 3D printing at industrial scale. We expect to see more 3D printing companies either develop their own software strategies or to partner with large software companies in the near future.

Decarbonizing the Industrial Sector: Carbon Capture

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

In our recently-published "Decarbonizing the Industrial Sector" report, we introduced carbon capture as a key technology that will allow multiple industrial sectors to decarbonize their operations by capturing CO₂ emissions from point-sources. In this report, we will look at the cost of carbon capture using multiple configurations, as well as the regulatory framework support needed to support the adoption of carbon capture in the industrial sector.

Connecting the Dots: The Impact of Industrial and Power Decarbonization on Gas Demand

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

Natural gas is often touted as the fuel that will power the ongoing energy transition. Several energy companies such as Shell, Total, and Qatar Petroleum have committed to expand their gas and LNG businesses, with the latter even quitting OPEC in its pursuit for gas. However, as industrial demand sectors such as power, steel manufacturing, paper, residential heating, gradually move towards disruptive, low carbon solutions such as hydrogen, heat pumps, and electric heating, the outlook for gas needs to be revisited. In this report, we connect the dots between the various pieces of the broader energy system, and analyse the collateral impact of emerging technologies on the global gas and LNG markets in the near future.

Electronic Materials: The Emerging Solutions

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

Demand for 5G electronics and the emergence of the internet of things have created new demand for materials that offer higher performance but are cheap enough to enable rollout of millions of new devices. This report will identify new materials technologies in polymers for electronics and thermal management, as well as the technology developers behind these efforts, and pick winners for commercialization.