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Market Forecast: Decarbonizing Coal and Natural Gas Power Generation

The power generation sector in many countries faces the dual challenge of decarbonization without sacrificing the economic growth and rising electricity demand associated with increasing standards of living. In this blog, our Research Associate, Benjamin Torda, explores how as these countries embark on the energy transition to address this dual challenge, five key trends emerge.

The Road To Consumer Data Marketplaces: The Impact Of The Four Data Collection Modes

The second blog in our Road to Consumer Data Marketplaces series, this post explores the impact of these data collection modes, particularly in their ability to collect different data types from consumers as well as their potential in helping consumer-product developers offer a high degree of personalization and timeliness in their solutions or recommendations.

Competitive Landscape: Key Players Driving Geothermal Power Innovation

Among all the topics and technologies that intersect across geothermal power generation, we have identified the following categories as key to driving future technology innovation: geothermal drilling, oil and gas wells, binary geothermal systems, and enhanced geothermal systems (EGS).

Materials Informatics: Working With A Startup VS. Starting Your Own Team

In this blog, Lux Research materials informatics expert, Xiao Zhong, Ph.D. dissects the pros and cons of working with a startup vs. starting an internal team for materials informatics.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up September 25, 2020

On Fridays we highlight our Lux Take on the news for the week. Check out our thoughts on the latest emerging technology and innovation news for the past week. This week's round-up includes our researchers' coverage of Microsoft, GE, National Grid, LG Chem, Green Monday, and Apple.

 

Highlights from Genius 2020

Our annual event this year, Genius 2020, has been an engaging, thought-provoking, and action-filled one. We wanted to take a moment to highlight some of the quotes shared by our keynote speakers throughout the event.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up September 18, 2020

On Fridays we highlight our Lux Take on the news for the week. Check out our thoughts on the latest emerging technology and innovation news for the past week.

The Road To Consumer Data Marketplaces: The Consumer Data Value Chain

This blog, the first of the series "The Road to Consumer Data Marketplaces," our experts focus on the position of data marketplaces in the consumer data value chain as well as their data collection modes.

 

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up September 11, 2020

On Fridays we highlight our Lux Take on the news for the week. Check out our thoughts on the latest emerging technology and innovation news for the past week. This week's round-up includes our researchers' coverage of Amazon, Google, Nikola, Coca-Cola, Uber, & Beyond Meat.

Genius 2020: Featured Speakers Announced

Genius 2020 is a global forum for leaders tackling innovation challenges. This event takes place annually and brings together executives and global industry thought leaders to discuss best practices for staying on the cutting edge. We are excited to announce our featured speakers for Genius 2020.

The Processing and Formulation Toolbox for Plant-based Products

For plant-based products, reaching price parity with animal-based products is drawing closer through economies of scale. Our Analyst, Thomas Hayes, provides an updated look into the processing and formulation toolbox for plant-based products in this new blog post.

Data Cleaning Adjacencies: Identifying Automation Opportunities In The Broader Data Preparation Process

In the final blog of our data cleaning series, our Analyst, Harshit Sharma discusses the potential adjacent steps in data preparation where organizations can add automation to supplement their data cleaning initiatives.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up September 4, 2020

On Fridays we highlight our Lux Take on the news for the week. Check out our thoughts on the latest emerging technology and innovation news for the first week of September in this week's blog. This week's round-up includes our researchers' coverage of ingredient informatics, Amazon, Google, and Seventh Generation.

Genius 2020: Innovation Showcase Announced

Genius 2020 is a global forum for leaders tackling innovation challenges. This event takes place annually and brings together executives and global industry thought leaders to discuss best practices for staying on the cutting edge. This year's theme is Innovation for the Next Economy. We are very pleased to announce the following companies as participants in our Genius 2020 Innovation Showcase.

Have You Been Greenwashed?

As sustainability becomes increasingly important and consumers become more educated around the topic, it is becoming increasingly common for brands to be accused of greenwashing. In this blog, our Research Associate, Drishti Masand, explains the convoluted issue of how to identify and avoid greenwashing.

Cell-Based Meats: The State Of The Industry In 2020

As the cell-based meat space is evolving rapidly, it's important for those who are interested to know what to look for when pursuing investment or partnerships. In this blog, we will analyze recent developments, including funding, startup activity, key challenges, and opportunities in this booming space.

Emerging Data Cleaning Solutions

In our previous blog, "Data Cleaning 101," our Analyst, Harshit Sharma, discussed the various types of errors that are the underlying cause of dirty data and presented a step-by-step process for designing data cleaning initiatives. In this follow-up post, Sharma will discuss and analyze the various emerging startups and technologies that are enabling automation in the data cleaning process.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up August 28, 2020

On Fridays we highlight our Lux Take on the news for the week. Check out our thoughts on the latest emerging technology and innovation news for the final week of August below. This week's round-up includes our researchers' coverage of Apple, Facebook, California's blackouts, Ralph Lauren, NIO, and GM.

Innovating Through The Challenges Facing Asian Agriculture

In the past several years, Asia has begun to turn its private and public resources toward agriculture systems. The systems aim to overcome the challenges related to rapid urbanization and subsequent labor loss, regional food security, a smallholder-dominated production system, and a myriad of ecological and economic concerns related to the implementation of inefficient production practices.

The Impact Of A "Reverse Radical" Recovery On Innovation

There's been a lot of alphabetical speculation about the shape of the economic recovery from the coronavirus recession. Recently, economic opinion has been converging around the "reverse radical" shape, with a quick recovery but one stopping at a lower plateau than the pre-crisis level. What does this model mean for how innovation leaders should think about planning for opportunities in the aftermath of the pandemic?

Data Cleaning 101: Understanding Dirty Data And How To Form A Cleaning Strategy

There are seven key areas of data management – creation, security, transmission, cleaning, analytics, storage, and sharing. Those embarking on digital transformation projects should first build a data cleaning strategy and then prioritize their efforts accordingly.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up August 21, 2020

Each week we highlight our Lux Take on the news for the week. This Friday's round-up includes our researchers' coverage of Mitsubishi Chemical, Lubrizol, Siemens, and Impossible Foods.

What Is The Difference Between Chemical Informatics & Materials Informatics?

Lux Research Analyst and materials informatics expert, Xiao Zhong, Ph.D., addresses one of our most frequently asked questions. "What's the difference between chemical informatics and materials informatics?" In this blog, he puts a rest to the confusion.

Digital Transformation In A Post-COVID World

The COVID-19 crisis for many has pressed the reset button with significant implications for every industry by challenging forward operating assumptions. For some businesses, the COVID-19 pandemic could be the catalyst for their organizational caterpillar to evolve, while for a great many others, it may postpone the moment of chrysalis. 

How UWB Radar Sensors Can Help Maintain A Safe Workplace

Reopening factories and letting workers return to work sites after the COVID-19 pandemic can be stressful and challenging. In this blog, Lux Analyst, Lisheng Gao, Ph.D., explores the potential of using ultra-wideband (UWB) radar sensors to reduce the risk of COVID-19 in workplaces.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up August 14, 2020

Each week we highlight our Lux Take on the news for the week. This Friday's round-up includes our researchers' coverage of the top electric vehicle, 3D printing, and investment headlines as well as our continued coverage of innovation as it relates to the coronavirus pandemic.

How Will The Energy Transition Look For The Rest of 2020 And Beyond?

Earlier this year, the Lux Energy Team revealed four new storylines for the Owning the Energy Transition program – Evolution of Energy Networks, Decarbonization of Industry, Optimal Use of Resources, and Future Energy for Mobility. With the significant impact COVID-19 has had on the energy sector so far, it is pertinent that we evaluate the ramifications COVID-19 has had or will have on the four key storylines and their respective predictions.

Key Developments & Opportunities In The Sugar Reduction Space

Stricter government regulations enforced in recent years and increasing consumer emphasis on healthier lifestyle choices have driven food and beverage companies to pursue ways to reduce sugar content in their products. At Lux, we've been closely covering the sugar reduction space and in this blog, we focus on the key developments over the past two years and outline some of the notable efforts from developers as well as opportunities related to alternative sweeteners

How Is 3D Printing Disrupting Manufacturing? A Chat With The CEO Of Formlabs

Lux Research analysts sit down with Max Lobovsky, CEO of Formlabs, to discuss how 3D printing is disrupting the manufacturing industry by offering technology accessibility, part consolidation, and product customization.

Energy's 2020 Midterm Update: The Best Tech Startups & Groundbreaking Developments

With the pace of innovation activity picking up, we felt it would be valuable to provide a midterm update to start off the second half of the year. In this blog, we identify the best tech startups in the energy space that we interviewed and highlight the most important industry developments in the first six months of 2020.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up August 7, 2020

Each week we highlight our Lux Take on the news for the week. Check out our thoughts on the top emerging technology and innovation news for the first week of August. This Friday's round-up includes our researchers' coverage of Teledoc Health, bp, Unilever, and Facebook.

Back In Business: Updates On 3 Key Technologies For Fighting COVID-19

As the world continues to adapt to a new normal considering COVID-19, the landscape of available information continues to change as we learn more about ways to track and mitigate the disease. In this blog, we outline the key technology updates from our May 2020 report "Back in Business: Using Technology to Open During COVID-19" that are informing this evolving situation.

Taxonomizing Smart City Mobility

As technologies and needs in urban mobility specifically have changed in recent years, we have decided to outline how Lux has chosen to taxonomize urban mobility as it relates to smart city development.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up July 31, 2020

On Fridays we highlight our Lux Take on the news for the week. Check out our thoughts on the top emerging technology and innovation news for the last week of July. This week's round-up includes our researchers' coverage of Uber, Geltor, Pertamina, and TripleO.

Case Study: Louis Vuitton's Pivot During COVID-19

In this blog, our expert, Drishti Masand, outlines Louis Vuitton's pivot during COVID-19. The organization was the first fashion company to start producing disinfectant gel at its French facilities that usually produce perfume and cosmetics for brands

Half the new cars sold in 2035 will be electric

With the continued drop in battery prices and increasing performance, will the future energy for the rest of mobility follow the same path toward electrification blazed by electric vehicles?

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up July 24, 2020

On Fridays we highlight our Lux Take on the news for the week. Check out our thoughts on the top emerging technology and innovation news, including our researchers' coverage of technologies and strategies as they relate to the global pandemic in this week's blog.

We Have A Serious Lithium Problem

Lithium is both a highly specialized niche market and a key mineral in the energy transition. In five short years, the lithium market has more than quadrupled to become a $4.9 billion market – yet this is still only a small fraction of the size compared to the oil market.

The next big trends in 3D printing

Currently, innovation is not only about technology improvement but also about creating complete processes for each specific application. It is likely that this focus on process development will continue in the foreseeable future. In addition, in the coming five to 10 years, we expect to see two main trends make a major impact on the innovation landscape of the 3D printing space.

Climate-change isn’t coming…it's already here

While there is still uncertainty surrounding the severity and timing of future events, resilience planning is essential for companies to alleviate risk and ensure survival in the long run. In the report "In the Path of Destruction: Preparing for Global Climate Change in the Chemical Industry," we analyze innovations and strategies capable of addressing climate-related risk.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up July 17, 2020

Get the #LuxTake on this week's top emerging technology and innovation news. This week's round-up includes insights from our experts on the NBA, Amazon, Rivian, Apple, and Microsoft, as well as our continued coverage of technology and innovation as they relate to COVID-19.

Identifying Adjacencies to Catapult Innovation Strategy

While we’ve seen waves of digital innovation enabling us to better adapt to this new reality, how do other industries continue to innovate – especially in B2B, where a lot of innovation relies on the circulation and Brownian motion of ideas and brain-to-brain exchanges? Absent watercooler chats, we need a more systematic approach to find growth.

A renewable proxy for the global oil trade

Energy networks are growing more distributed, interconnected, and interchangeable. Today's isolated, unidirectional electricity, oil, and gas infrastructure wasn't built for these complex energy networks of the future, so how will asset owners and the customers they serve adapt to this new energy landscape? In this blog, we will highlight the evolution of energy networks.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up July 10, 2020

On Fridays we highlight our Lux Take on the news for the week. Check out our thoughts on the top emerging technology and innovation news, including our researchers' coverage of technologies and strategies as they relate to the global pandemic in this blog.

Personal hygiene in a post-coronavirus world

You may be wondering, as you scour your local grocery for that last bottle of Purell, are their other technology solutions to protect us from the virus? In this blog, our experts consider, in the aftermath of the outbreak, how consumer attitudes toward sanitation will be changed and what companies should be thinking about to prepare.

How COVID-19 is Impacting 5G

 In this blog, we analyze COVID-19's impact on 5G using the same framework as our recent webinar, "Preparing for the Aftershocks of COVID-19". The global pandemic will slow 5G rollout due to operator deployment issues and buyer economic woes.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up July 3, 2020

Get the #LuxTake on the top emerging technology and innovation news for the first week of July. This week's round-up includes insights from our experts on telemedicine, Google, BP, & lululemon.

Antimicrobial coatings at the front line of COVID-19

In this blog, we list and break down antimicrobial coating and additive technologies, detail the major challenges that these technologies face in relation to COVID-19, and delve into future market opportunities.

Event Recap: Decarbonization of Oil and Gas at the Go Net-Zero Carbon Energy Virtual Summit

Last month, Lux Research presented at the Go Net-Zero Carbon Energy Virtual Summit hosted by Globuc. During the day-long event, multiple topics were discussed, including the outlook for the energy transition post-COVID, how oil and gas companies are preparing for decarbonization, and what opportunities emerging technologies present for the industry. 

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up June 26, 2020

Check out our thoughts on the top emerging technology and innovation news, including our researchers' coverage of technologies and strategies as they relate to the global pandemic for the final Friday of June in this post.

Can the World Make the Chemicals it Needs Without Oil?

Earlier this year, we unveiled four key storylines driving the energy transition – one of them is the decarbonization of industry. Industrial processes remain the most difficult decarbonization challenge due to their high energy use, reliance on heat, and dependence on carbon serving as the primary building block for a variety of downstream chemicals.

The Effects of COVID-19 on Recycling

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted patterns in life and work across the globe; it should come as no surprise that recycling efforts have been suspended in the interest of preventing its spread. Check out what our expert, Charles Willard, has to say about the effects of the global pandemic on recycling.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up June 19, 2020

Check out our thoughts on this week's top emerging technology and innovation news, including insights from our experts on Tesla, Boston Dynamics, the NBA, Fitbit, and our ongoing innovation coverage of technology as it relates to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Leveraging Robotics to Improve Your Post-COVID Strategy

Our clients often ask us how they can implement robotics in their organization’s operations as one piece of their digital transformation efforts. Recent disruptions to manufacturing and supply chain operations due to COVID-19 have renewed this interest, with many clients wondering if they can use robots to replace or supplement human workers.

How 3D Printing Can Help Fight COVID-19

With the widespread shortage of supplies and other challenges amid the spread of COVID-19, many companies, labs, and hobbyists are stepping up to address key needs during the pandemic using 3D printing. In this blog, our experts dive into how 3d printing can help fight the global pandemic.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up June 12, 2020

Every Friday we highlight our Lux Take on the news for the week. Check out our thoughts on the top emerging technology and innovation news from this past week.

Innovating Under Uncertainty: Introducing Agile into the Stage Gate Process

Amid the COVID-19 crisis, many innovative companies are working hard to continue their innovation momentum. As a way to cope with the uncertain market environment, some are turning to the Agile concept to their technology innovation efforts.

Event Recap: MIT Energy Innovation Webinar Series

We recently attended three webinars organized by MIT's Industrial Liaison Program and Energy Initiative. The series focused on how the global pandemic is complicating the energy industry's already challenging transition toward a low-carbon future. While the sessions touched on a wide range of topics this blog outlines the series' key takeaways.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up June 5, 2020

Every Friday we highlight our Lux Take on the news for the week. Check out our thoughts on the top emerging technology and innovation news for the first week of June.

Patent Trends: Technology Innovations in Geothermal Power

With an overall uptick in patent activity in the geothermal space over the past two decades, Lux advises monitoring these trends and activities in the coming years for potential opportunities. Learn more from our expert, Benjamin Torda in this post.

Curate Your Own Innovation Collections Using Lux's New Customization Tagging Feature

Sometimes, when sorting through lots of research, it’s easier to organize content by industry, key business initiative, or ongoing project. We are now introducing a feature to add this flexibility, via custom tags and resulting collections. 

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up May 29, 2020

Every Friday we highlight our Lux Take on the news for the week. Check out our thoughts on the top emerging technology and innovation news, including our researchers' coverage of SpaceX, the coronavirus pandemic, Amazon's potential acquisitions and synthetic biology developments.

Tech Scouting and Innovation Investing During Systemic Pandemics

During this global pandemic, some companies have elected to curb their investments in innovation and tech scouting. Others have used this as an opportunity to increase their focus on innovation and tech scouting. Where does your organization fall?

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up May 22, 2020

Every Friday we round-up news commentaries from our experts and highlight the week's biggest headlines. Get the #LuxTake on the top innovation news from this past week, including what's overhyped, and what emerging technologies your organization should keep an eye on.

AI's Role in fighting COVID-19: Sifting through the hype

In this blog, our analyst, Cole McCollum, examines various AI use cases that promise to help with the health concerns surrounding COVID-19 and analyze their technical feasibility using Lux's AI Framework.

Lux’s New Homepage is a Personalized Experience, Tailoring Innovation Opportunities for You

To help clients connect with the most relevant pieces for their interests and goals, we have introduced a new, personalized homepage for the Lux Member Site. Our software looks at the companies, technologies, and searches a user follows, as well as their reading history to pinpoint the most relevant research content. Check out this blog to learn more.

6 Ways to Supercharge the Circular Economy with Digital Technologies

Consumers, investors, and employees alike are now driving companies to become serious about environmental and social impact. There are completely new opportunities for circularity that can emerge by adopting digital tools. In this blog, our Director, Research, Shriram Ramanathan discusses how emerging digital technologies can enable the circular economy in six different ways.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up May 15, 2020

Every Friday we round-up news commentaries from our experts and highlight the week's biggest headlines. Get the #LuxTake on the top emerging technology and innovation news from this past week, including Cruise's workforce cuts, data privacy as it relates to COVID-19 and the future of coal.

Why Hydrogen and Why Now?

Moving toward a decarbonized energy trade will be transformative. In this blog, Lux Analyst, Tim Grejtak, dives into the role hydrogen is playing in the energy transition.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up May 8, 2020

Each Friday we highlight our Lux Take on the news for the week. Check out our thoughts on the top emerging technology and innovation news, including our researchers' coverage of tech and strategy as they relate to the coronavirus pandemic.

Event Recap: Insights from MOVE Asia's Autonomous and Electric Vehicle Seminar Series

Check out our coverage of the first series of MOVE's virtual seminars. This virtual series addressed the role of automakers in the future of mobility, electric vehicle charging infrastructure, and autonomous and electric vehicles in Asia. 

The Startups Likely To Be Up For Funding Amid COVID-19

Corporate innovation leaders should look at this situation as a historic opportunity to fund potentially transformative technologies, on relatively favorable terms, by stepping in where VCs fear to tread. 

How can floating wind costs go down? Evaluating technology challenges and prospects

Interest in floating wind has sparked during the last couple of years, and the technology is expanding from original markets in Europe to other geographies. In this post, we dive into the costs, technology, challenges, and prospects, associated with floating wind.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up May 1, 2020

Check out our thoughts on the top emerging technology and industry news, including our researchers' coverage of innovation as it relates to the coronavirus pandemic. This week's major headlines include disruptions in the meat industry, Lincoln and Ford's electrification plans, and technology innovations related to COVID-19.

Autonomous vehicle deployments could accelerate following the COVID-19 outbreak

Few industries have been immune to the impacts of the economic downturn and drastic decrease in mobility demand COVID-19 has brought on, and companies developing autonomous vehicles are not among them.

 

Adapt or Get Left Behind: COVID-19’s Disruption of Consumer Goods

In this blog, our Director, Research, Sara Olson, Ph.D, dives into the changes in consumption, pivoting business models, and value chain concerns arising from COVID-19's impacts on consumer packaged goods as well as how your company can build resilience in this uncertain time.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up April 24, 2020

Check out our thoughts on the top emerging technology and innovation news, including our researchers' coverage of tech and strategy as they relate to the coronavirus pandemic. This week's major headlines include negative oil prices, shared mobility in the age of COVID-19, and major partnerships across all industries.

The Hidden Power Of Know-How

Our Vice President of Consulting, Kevin Pang Ph.D. explains the hidden power of know-how and how unlocking its potential can help your organization innovate. This potential lies in the taken for granted and otherwise hidden strengths that are used day in and day out in the operations of your business.

The State of Delivery Innovation Among COVID-19

With populations increasingly practicing social distancing, consumers continue to demand expedient delivery of goods to their residence. This is putting a significant strain on companies working within last-mile delivery.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up April 17, 2020

The latest expert insights on this week's major technology headlines. Check out what our experts have to say about this week's biggest partnerships, bankruptcies, and COVID-19 response strategies.

Battling COVID-19 With Transformational Tech: Singapore Case Study

The adoption and deployment of transformational technology can help mitigate and contain the damage inflicted by COVID-19. Many lessons can be drawn from Singapore's response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Leveraging Emerging Technologies to Battle Counterfeiting in the Era of COVID-19

Counterfeiters have taken advantage of the sharp demand for face masks and have infiltrated markets with counterfeit products. Governments and manufacturers need to look to promising anti-counterfeiting measures that are emerging in the tech space.

COVID-19: Sensors for Medical Ventilators

Companies should expect demand for the sensors outlined in this blog to remain high for the rest of the year. With the increasing cases in India, South America, and Africa, in the coming months, the high demand may shift from Europe and America to these regions.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up April 10, 2020

This week's expert insights on major technology news headlines and trend. Get the #LuxTake on what disruptive technologies are in the spotlight and how they relate to COVID-19.

Driving Down Emissions At Greentown Labs' Transportation Pitch Day

 As slow-moving automotive giants grapple with embracing fundamental changes in their products – in terms of both what provides power to the vehicle and what controls the vehicle  – pitch days like those hosted by Lux Partner Greentown Labs can serve as valuable events to access the development of new technologies.

Strategies for success in single-cell protein production

In response to depleting fish stocks and increasing global aquaculture production, research and development around single-cell proteins (SCPs) is making headway as an alternative ingredient to replace fish meal in aqua and other livestock feeds.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up April 3, 2020

Each Friday we will highlight our Lux Take on the news for the week. Check out our thoughts on the top emerging technology and innovation news, for the first week of April in this post.

How Ingredient Informatics Are Revolutionizing The Way We Develop Foods

As ingredient informatics is presenting itself as a way to rapidly develop novel food and beverage products, we'll make the same recommendation we did concerning materials informatics back in 2017: Invest now.

Driving factors of the next generation of automated inspection systems

In this blog, our research associate, Miraj Mainali, discusses different types of automated inspection systems (AIS) and identifies the key technological and market factors driving adoption.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up March 27, 2020

This week's expert insights on major technology news headlines, and of course COVID-19. Get the #LuxTake on what disruptive technologies are in the spotlight for the final week of March.

Natural Language Processing: AI's Untapped Innovation Tool

Topic modeling and NLP have the potential to accelerate the front end of innovation across many industries, but remain underutilized. NLP can improve processes including technology landscaping, competitive analysis, and weak signal detection.

What Are Digital Biomarkers?

Digital biomarkers, like any other data set or combination of data sets, have the potential to allow companies to personalize products to their clientele, streamline operations, and develop alternative revenue streams.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up March 20, 2020

This week's expert insights on major technology news headlines. Get the #LuxTake on what disruptive technologies are in the spotlight this week.

Flexible Manufacturing Systems Combined with Industry 4.0 Can Further Progress Toward Mass Customization

Mass customization is the holy grail of modern manufacturing, as it requires companies to apply a higher level of automation and machine intelligence, also increasing costs and often slowing the production process.

How to Prepare Innovation Teams for a Coronavirus-Driven Downturn

The COVID-19 pandemic has already disrupted patterns of life and work across Asia, Europe, and the Americas. While measures to ensure the safety of staff are still the immediate worry for executives, they will quickly need to turn to thinking about how the business should respond.

What to expect from AI in 2020

The AI market continues to evolve at an unprecedented pace. In 2019, more than $36 billion was invested into AI startups, and hundreds of AI companies were acquired. In this blog, we highlight six key trends in the AI landscape and propose what they mean for 2020.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up March 13, 2020

This week's expert insights on major technology news headlines. Get the #LuxTake on what disruptive technologies are in the spotlight this week.

The Next Chapter: Four Storylines Driving the Energy Transition

This year, Lux Research introduces four new storylines driving the energy transition – Evolution of Energy Networks, Decarbonization of Industry, Optimal Use of Resources, and Future Energy for Mobility.

The Future of Seafood

Innovation is creating opportunities across the seafood supply chain. From the production of insect protein and SCP for feed to developments in cellular agriculture and GE fish, industry players must reassess conventional processes and products to cater to evolving industry and consumer demands.

Breaking the Barrier: 2035 Global Renewables Penetration

As the world’s energy production continues to trend toward decentralization, decarbonization, and digitization, it is no longer a question of if global renewables penetration will exceed 40% within the next 15 years but how fast and where these high penetrations will occur.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up March 6, 2020

Check out our weekly round-up of expert commentaries for the first week of March in this blog. This week's major headlines include news about the coronavirus, materials informatics, and ride-hailing.

The Business Case for Sustainability in the Chemical Industry in 2020 & Beyond

What factors will really force change in the chemicals industry, and what does that change look like? In this blog, we examine three possible drivers of change – carbon taxes, investor pressure, and supply chain pressure – and discuss their possible implications.

Developing a new healthcare business: Lessons from Walmart’s Care Accelerator

There is a mounting trend of companies outside of healthcare using digital innovations to develop new businesses in health. It is not an easy market to enter, but getting a piece of the $3.8 trillion U.S. healthcare market can be very lucrative for those who find success.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up February 28, 2020

Each week our analysts provide expert commentary on major tech industry news. This week's round-up highlights headlines from Tesla, Delta, Johnson & Johnson, Apple, and Best Buy.

Energy's Hottest Topics & Best Tech Start-Ups of 2019

We recently conducted an analysis of the hottest innovation topics and best tech startups across our energy research. In that analysis, we found that two energy-related topics made the top 10 for highest prevalence of positively rated companies – energy storage and upstream energy feedstocks.

Materials Informatics' Hottest Research Areas

Using publicly available data, we applied topic modeling algorithms to analyze what is hot in materials informatics and found that the data-driven, quantified results generated by topic modeling agree well with what our human-led research has indicated.

The Evolution of Connected Cars

As recently as the mid-2000s, the concept of a connected car was limited to maps and music. Now, as we begin a new decade, the market for hardware and software systems inside these connected vehicles is expected to reach $12.7 billion by 2030.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up February 21, 2020

Our researchers provide expert commentary on major tech industry news headlines & trends involving this week's IPOs, 3D-printing, EV charging, reusable packaging and more.

Alternative Fuels: 2019 Year in Review

In this blog, we take a look back and provide a timeline of the most important developments that occurred in the alternative fuels space last year.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up February 14, 2020

Our researchers provide expert commentary on major tech industry news headlines & trends involving this week's IPOs, 3D-printing, EV charging, reusable packaging and more.

How Tesla delivered enough Model 3s in Q4 2019

Tesla went through production hell in 2018, thanks to constant delays of the Model 3 shipments. Elon Musk admitted these delays were partly due to the company's overly deployed robotic assembly systems, among many other reasons. 

A Decade in Review: Innovation Lessons from Lux’s Top Emerging Tech Research

In the past 10 years at Lux, we’ve produced more than 800 reports. In this blog, we review what kind of story the topics of these reports tell about shifts in innovation.

Looking back on 10+ years of predictions

Our VP of Digital Products, Kevin See outlines successful Lux predictions from the past decade. From slow EV adoption to the hype surrounding graphene he's covering our insights that have stood the test of time.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up February 7, 2020

Our experts evaluate news and trends based on potential importance every week. They rank developments from Truly Disruptive to Ignore. Every Friday you can check out their thoughts on the week's top emerging technology and innovation headlines across all industries.

3 Ways COVID-19 Will Not Be The Next Great Influenza

As typically happens in the face of a global pandemic, the Wuhan coronavirus is drawing comparisons to the Great Influenza of 1918. However, for the first time in human history, there are digital tools sufficiently advanced enough to support healthcare infrastructure in the face of pandemic disease.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up January 31, 2020

Expert insights on major tech industry news and trends involving sustainability, 3D-printing, robotics, the skin microbiome, & energy for mobility. Read our #LuxTake on the News every Friday to stay up to date on the week's headlines.

No Single Technology to Dominate the Future of Plastic Recycling

As the economics of plastic waste recycling are in continuous flux, with political and economic forces impacting the direction of the technologies, no single technology will take a commanding market lead in the long-term future. 

5 Major Digital Health Trends to Impact 2020

Looking back on the digital health and wellness industry in 2019, our experts, Nardev Ramanathan, Ph.D & Danielle Bradnan, saw five major industry trends that will continue to have impact into 2020. 

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up January 24, 2020

Our researchers evaluate news based on potential importance ranking developments from Truly Disruptive to Ignore. Every week you can check out their thoughts on the week's top emerging technology and innovation headlines across all industries.

Can Innovation Stop a Global Pandemic?

There is an unfolding medical drama in the Chinese city of Wuhan, in which a previously unknown coronavirus has infected hundreds of people in the region. This leads us to ask the question: Can innovation stop this global pandemic? Let's look at some of the opportunities for tech to intervene.

Chemicals and Materials in the Spotlight at Davos

Chemical and materials firms have been throwing themselves into efforts to deal with plastic waste and build out recycling capacity, touting efforts to promote diversity, and signing on to statements about business promoting the interests of all stakeholders.

The Future of meat is... protein

Alternative protein investment, innovation momentum, & product sales are on the rise, but it’s still a difficult space for companies to navigate. Those wishing to maneuver in the alternative protein space need a thoughtful approach.