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Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up July 30, 2021

Lux Research analysts provide their expert opinions on the past week's biggest innovation developments. Get the #LuxTake on major headlines from Inkbit, Net Power, LanzaTech, and more.

Indoor Sanitization Technologies

In this blog, we discuss the underlying technology, pros and cons, and key vendors for the three most promising indoor sanitization technologies – bipolar ionization, UVC, and cold plasma.

Technology Trends Decarbonizing the Chemicals Industry Webinar Recap

The Europen Union's new plastic waste tax is expected to generate $7.9 billion annually, after about $950 million in rebates, and will be used to support the general EU budget. In this blog, Lux Analyst, Charles Willard dives into the four main outcomes we expect from the EU plastic tax.

IBM Food Trust Keeps Gaining Traction for Food Traceability Projects, but Validating Success Still Requires Data

Nueva Pescanova, one of Spain's largest seafood companies, aims to offer consumers detailed information on product traceability, showing its initiatives in sustainability, quality, and food safety. The company announced that it would use IBM's blockchain-based Food Trust platform to trace its seafood products across the supply chain. 

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up July 23, 2021

Lux Research analysts provide their expert opinions on the past week's biggest innovation developments. Get the #LuxTake on major headlines from Lululemon, Svante, LanzaTech, and more.

Lights-Out Manufacturing: Still a Moonshot or a Closer Reality?

Lights-out is a manufacturing methodology in which manufacturing is fully automated and requires no human presence so that the lights and even ventilation can be shut off. In this blog post, expert analyst, Miraj Mainali discusses the types and significance of the drivers and barriers for lights-out. 

Case Study: Using virtual assistants to create value in digital health

Ada Health recently closed a $90 million Series B funding round, led by Bayer, to aid in its development of an AI-driven symptom assessment platform, which takes the form of a virtual assistant. Our expert, Anshul Gupte outlines the use case of virtual assistants to create value in digital health in this case study about Ada Health.

Utility Venture Investments: 2020 Update

In this blog, Lux expert, Patricia Seoane da Silva, examines the utility VC investments in 2020 and compares them to the ones closed in the two previous years to identify key trends, areas of interest from energy utilities worldwide, and potential disruptions.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up July 16, 2021

Lux Research analysts provide their expert opinions on the past week's biggest innovation developments. Get the #LuxTake on major headlines from Intellegens, Desktop Metal, Novo Nordisk, and more. 

Case Study: The Key to Electrifying Uber's Platform

As cities push to decarbonize urban environments, Uber's role in urban transportation poses a serious challenge. A growing body of evidence suggests that ride-hailing increases emissions compared to not only public transit but even conventional car ownership. Uber has set a target to electrify all vehicles providing rides on its platform by 2030 – a daunting task, considering that it does not own its vehicles. Uber's tumultuous relationship with London can trace its roots back to labor disputes and the impact on emissions in the city

The Lagging Cybersecurity Front of Digital Health

While the proliferation of intelligent medical devices, wellness platforms, and cloud computing is certainly advancing health IoT, they lag when it comes to cybersecurity protocols. As the field evolves, promising technologies may unknowingly contain cybersecurity vulnerabilities that can range anywhere from creating legal concerns to even injury and fatalities. It is vital to realize how vulnerabilities manifest, identify modes of attack, and act on fixing these vulnerabilities without delay.

Should You Worry About Path Dependence In Sustainable Materials?

Some companies have developed a clever solution for the problem of plastic waste pollution in the developing world: Convert discarded plastics into building materials like bricks and tiles. This approach kills several birds with one stone, addressing the ills of plastic waste and displacing other energy-intensive materials, all while providing local economic opportunities in areas that often sorely need them. As such, they represent an ideal solution that organizations that care about sustainable materials should strive to emulate. Or do they? 

Case Study: Using a digital marketplace model to create value in women's health

As health platforms take on more consumer-centric business models, some have opted to develop digital marketplaces to format their services. One such company is Nabta Health, which develops a women's health platform for personalized care. Learn more from our case study.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up July 9, 2021

Lux Research analysts provide their expert opinions on the past week's biggest innovation developments. Get the #LuxTake on major headlines from Tesla, Fulcrum, Meati Foods, Evonik, and more.

MicroLED Technology and Application Status Update

In this blog, our senior analyst, Vladimir Roznyatovskiy summarizes the key issues for microLED technology and looks at maturity for various applications, as well as the limitations of different approaches that display makers pursue.

Workforce 4.0: The Future of Work

A confluence of megatrends will unleash an era of Workforce 4.0 – an era where intelligent machines, driven by emerging technologies like artificial intelligence and augmented reality, will work alongside humans, augmenting some tasks and automating others. This transformation to Workforce 4.0, which has already begun, is occurring along four major dimensions as outlined in this blog.

COVID-19 Exacerbated the Symptoms of an Already-Sick Health System, and Long-Tail Symptoms are Pointing the Way to Fixing It

It's been a little over a year since the worst pandemic in a century closed businesses and homes to the outside world. Now, with the hope of multiple vaccines and both countries and companies beginning to advance through reopening processes, it's time to start preparing for the long tail of long-term COVID-19 symptoms that are manifesting months post-infection.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up July 2, 2021

Lux Research analysts provide their expert opinions on the past week's biggest innovation developments. Get the #LuxTake on major headlines from PepsiCo, Ford, Patagonia, Sika, Unibio, LineVision, and more.

Key Players Within Aquaculture Innovation

To help guide you toward opportunities within the sustainable aquaculture technology landscape, Lux has identified five technology groups: aquaculture systems, environmental management, feed management, health management, and supply chain management. In this blog, our expert, Laura Krishfield, identifies and analyzes key developers to define emerging trends in aquaculture innovation and provide insights on how to engage in the space.

Event Recap: Key Takeaways From Circularity 21

Our Analyst, Drishti Masand, outlines the major takeaways from the GreenBiz Circularity 21 conference, a three-day event focused on discussing circular economy strategies across consumer packaged goods industries – from food and beverages to electronics, with everything in between.

Event Recap: Key Takeaways From ASME's Digital Twin Summit 2021

In this blog, Lux digital transformation experts outline the key takeaways from the 2021 Digital Twin Summit organized by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). The two-day event focused on state-of-the-art digital twin developments and the future scope of asset-intensive industries. Experts from aerospace, defense, automotive, and academia pondered use cases, frameworks, standards, and business models for digital twins.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up June 25, 2021

Lux Research analysts provide their expert opinions on the past week's biggest innovation developments. Get the #LuxTake on major headlines from Dow, Shell, Volkswagen, GM, and  Better Juice.

Breaking Down Australia's National Plastics Plan 2021

Lux Research Director, Anthony Schiavo, highlights key changes in Australia's National Plastics Plan and rates their impact. The plan has five core sections – prevention, recycling, plastics in our daily lives, plastics in oceans and waterways, and research, innovation, and data – and we present the changes in the same manner.

How to Get and Keep Your Piece of the Energy Pie Webinar Recap

The Europen Union's new plastic waste tax is expected to generate $7.9 billion annually, after about $950 million in rebates, and will be used to support the general EU budget. In this blog, Lux Analyst, Charles Willard dives into the four main outcomes we expect from the EU plastic tax.

Li-ion Manufacturing in 2024: Capacities and Key Players

With BEV sales set to increase dramatically, what will global Li-ion cell manufacturing capacity be in three years? Who are the key players driving this growth? To answer these questions, we have compiled each manufacturer's current manufacturing capacity for large-format cells, along with the targets, through primary and secondary research.

Digital Twins for Closed-Loop Engineering: Key Points and Outlook

A digital twin for closed-loop engineering combines data from the physical asset in real-time for potential design upgrades in the future. Though most use cases focus on the design and production phases, enabling digital twins throughout the product life cycle offers distinct advantages as outlined in this blog.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up June 18, 2021

Expertly curated headlines on this week's biggest innovation developments. Get the #LuxTake on major news from Apple, TotalEnergies, Cognoa, Fashion for Good, Biogen, and Samsung Engineering.

The EU's Plastic Waste Tax Will Drive A Shift Away From Plastic Packaging

The European Union's new plastic waste tax is expected to generate $7.9 billion annually, after about $950 million in rebates, and will be used to support the general EU budget. In this blog, Lux Analyst, Charles Willard dives into the four main outcomes we expect from the EU plastic tax.

Patent Trends: Fuel Cell Powertrains

Innovations in the fuel cell powertrain can help drive down costs, and in this blog, we analyze patent application trends across key fuel cell powertrain subsystems to determine innovation activity in each component of the fuel cell powertrain, finding clear bumps in the late 2010s as the first fuel cell vehicles hit the road and once again today– foreshadowing greater deployments of fuel cells.

Biogen's Alzheimer's Disease Drug Approval Triggers Controversy But Also Hints At New Business Opportunities

Our Senior Analyst, Nardev Ramanathan, breaks down the key issues surrounding Biogen's Alzheimer's disease drug and highlights how this could present business opportunities for your organization.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up June 11, 2021

Our Lux analysts have curated recent news giving their expert opinion on this week's biggest innovation developments. Get the #LuxTake on major headlines from Amazon, JAC, Babylon Health, Ginkgo Bioworks, Sumitomo, CATL, and Alibaba.

Event Recap: Key Takeaways From the 2021 Rethinking Materials Summit

Our analyst, Kristin Marshall, highlights the key takeaways from the 2021 Rethinking Materials summit, a two-day event focused on innovation in plastics and packaging to curb CO2 emissions and combat waste.

6 key AI technology Trends Emerging in 2021

Artificial intelligence (AI) technology trends evolve quickly, and staying on top of these trends is a critical part of planning for those developing, adopting, or investing in AI. From our research and conversations with many AI and machine learning stakeholders, we've identified six key trends that we expect will have a significant impact on the capabilities of AI over the next several years.

Key Players in PET Depolymerization

To provide a comprehensive overview of the PET depolymerization landscape, we leveraged various Lux data tools alongside our existing coverage to compile a list of relevant organizations. This information serves to define key trends and identify opportunities for those seeking to engage and enter the market.

News Trends: Stakeholders Continue To Roll Out New Technologies & Projects For The Power Grid Of The Future

More than a year after the start of the global pandemic, we saw a 20% drop in oil demand, a 5% reduction in electricity consumption, and the largest year-over-year reduction in global CO2 emissions. However, through it all, the energy transition continued to move forward at an accelerated rate. In this blog, we analyze the activity over the past 12 months within a key topic, direct power generation.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up June 4, 2021

The past week has been big for innovation across industries. Get the #LuxTake on the biggest headlines from Shell, CVS, Unilever, Pinduoduo, Sony, Etsy, and Depop.

News Trends: The Energy Transition of Mobility Shifts Into High Gear

More than a year after the start of the global pandemic, we saw a 20% drop in oil demand, a 5% reduction in electricity consumption, and the largest year-over-year reduction in global CO2 emissions. However, through it all, the energy transition continued to move forward at an accelerated rate. In this blog, we analyze the activity over the past 12 months within a key topic, energy for mobility.

What the Latest Corporate Moves in Plant Proteins Mean for Business

As plant protein startups garner funding rounds on the order of several hundred million dollars from venture capital firms, large multinational corporations (MNCs) have also been making their bets. While activity from MNCs in the plant proteins space is nothing new, especially since 2018, the type and/or scale of recent moves is worth noting. In this blog, we outline three MNC moves and discuss their associated implications for the ecosystem.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up May 28, 2021

Get expert opinions on the latest emerging technology and innovation news for the final week of May. This week's coverage of top innovation news includes developments from Bowery, Pepsico, TerViva, and Mitsui Chemicals.

Mapping the Quantum Computing Clouds

Our expert, Lewie Roberts analyzes the partnership activity in the quantum computing space. In this blog, he maps out the types of quantum computing hardware that users can access via the popular cloud platforms – AWS, Microsoft Azure, and IBM – as well as the major customers in each of these networks. 

Innovation Bottlenecks for Ubiquitous Consumer AR

The consumer AR market today remains largely in the confines of the mobile AR space, offering gaming and shopping experiences. Anything more immersive and captivating for consumers requires fully functioning, lightweight, comfortable AR glasses enabled by AR maps. Hardware and mapping requirements are the major bottlenecks to consumer AR that we will analyze in this blog.

News Trends: Renewables Continue to Diversify, Reaching New Markets, Applications, & Efficiency Limits

More than a year after the start of the global pandemic, we saw a 20% drop in oil demand, a 5% reduction in electricity consumption, and the largest year-over-year reduction in global CO2 emissions. However, through it all, the energy transition continued to move forward at an accelerated rate. In this blog, we analyze the activity over the past 12 months within a key topic, direct power generation.

Key Trends from Analyzing 282 AI Acquisitions in 2020

Lux Research has been performing quantitative analysis of the M&A activity in the AI space for the last five years. Starting last year, we began to incorporate larger data sources, enabling us to capture a more comprehensive landscape of M&A activity. In this blog, we outline five key trends we found from analyzing 282 AI acquisitions in 2020.

AI Chips in the Autonomous Vehicle Space

Before AVs can safely operate on public roads, regulators want the average frequency of failures be approximately 1,000× less than that of an average human driver. This will require further development of the underlying technology, which includes not only software model improvements but also improvement and scaling of the hardware that drives increasingly complex software. In this blog, we summarize some of the approaches to applying AI chips in autonomous vehicle applications.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up May 21, 2021

Get expert opinions on the latest emerging technology and innovation news for the past week. This week's coverage of top innovation news includes developments from major players like Ford, Nio, Allbirds, Adidas, and Harvard.

 

News Trends: Supply Chain Security & Manufacturing Expansions Define a Tumultuous Year in Energy Storage

Almost 12 months after the start of the global pandemic, we witnessed a 20% drop in oil demand, a 5% reduction in electricity consumption, and the largest year-over-year reduction in global CO2 emissions. However, through it all, the energy transition continued to move forward at an accelerated rate. Using our news commentary feature, we have been tracking key developments in the energy industry over the past year, covering nearly 650 individual developments across more than 10 of our major topic areas.

Understanding the Impact of Mass Balance Approaches on Pyrolysis Yield

Mass balance approaches are one of the emerging regulatory schemes designed to tackle the issue of accounting for thermal recycling approaches. In mass balance approaches, the post-consumer waste and/or biomass inputs are physically mixed with conventional fossil oil or gas. However, the recycled or bio-based content can be attributed only to chosen portions of the overall output from the process.

Why Recycling Credits are a Better Solution Than Mass Balance Approaches

The current regulatory systems surrounding plastics waste aren't designed to manage the complexity of emerging advanced recycling and bio-based plastic systems. In this blog, our Research Director, Anthony Schiavo, breaks down the pros and cons of mass balance and recycling credit approaches to determine which one is a better fit for solving the issues of plastic waste.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up May 14, 2021

Get expert opinions on the latest emerging technology and innovation news for the past week. This week's coverage of top innovation news includes developments from Toyota, Boston Dynamics, BMW, Ginkgo Bioworks, Remedy Health, Oura, and Oatly.

Event Recap: Key Takeaways from the Asia Healthcare Conference 2021

Recently Lux was invited to join a panel discussion at the Asia Healthcare Conference 2021. In this blog, we highlight key takeaways from this year's event regarding each of these topics – healthcare innovation, cybersecurity, and data privacy.

Patent Trends: Technology Innovations in Battery Recycling

Lux expects that by 2030, battery recycling supply will rapidly accelerate to secure materials battery chemicals and materials. Innovation in battery recycling technology can drive down the cost of recycling and lead to more sustainable practices in battery waste management. In this blog, we analyze patent application trends across three different main battery recycling technologies: mechanical, pyrometallurgical, and hydrometallurgical recycling processes.

Investment Trends: Q1 2021 Agrifood and Health Update

COVID-19 brought many unprecedented challenges to the agrifood and health ecosystem in 2020. However, from a tech innovation standpoint, it also paved the way for continued innovation opportunities, reflected in several major developments from 2020. This momentum has only continued into 2021, with funding serving as a good indicator. In the first quarter alone, our team logged $2.7 billion in investment across 42 deals.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up May 7, 2021

Get expert opinions on the latest emerging technology and innovation news for the first week of May. This week's coverage of top innovation news includes developments from Honda, Google, Kaia Health, Modern Meadow, Luminar, Airbus, and General Motors.

Battery Recycling in Light-Duty Electric Mobility

Can recycled batteries address raw materials concerns? Our Senior Research Associate, Chloe Herrera, presents the market for recycling Li-ion batteries from both plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and battery electric vehicles (BEVs).

Technology Landscape: Key Players in Methane Pyrolysis

To get a comprehensive overview of the technology landscape for methane pyrolysis and distribution of players, we analyzed key developers with historical patent activity, academic publications, early-stage funding, and ongoing projects. This information serves to define future trends and help identify opportunities for innovators seeking to engage with players in methane pyrolysis.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up April 30, 2021

Get expert opinions on the latest emerging technology and innovation news for the final week of April. This week's coverage of top innovation news and includes developments from Nikola, Lyft, Amazon, Global Bioenergies, 3YourMind, and Cargill.

Technology Landscape: Key Players In Advanced Harvesting

To get a comprehensive overview of the advanced harvesting technology landscape and distribution of players, our experts analyzed key developers with historical patent activity, academic publications, early-stage funding, and ongoing projects.

How Sustainable Are Meal Kits?

The coronavirus pandemic further propelled meal kit popularity, as even restaurants started to unexpectedly prepare meal kits to sell their grocery inventory as an alternative source of revenue. However, one big question remains around the overall sustainability of meal kits, especially as demand for meal kits continues to grow.

Extracting Value from AI for Data Scientists Through the CEO: Pitfalls & Best Practices

There is no arguing AI's impact already, as evidenced by tremendous leaps in areas like facial recognition and language translation. At Lux, we work with many players in the physical industries that are aiming to use AI to transform operations, products, and business models. As we reflect on 2020, it's fair to say that AI has not had the promised impact here that more traditional tech companies have seen.

Picture-Perfect: Predictions for the Cosmetics Industry in 2021

While it's necessary to keep up with consumers' rapidly evolving attitudes, it's also key to take a step back to identify the broader themes behind them in order to help focus innovation efforts and be more proactive than reactive. In this blog, we outline three big-picture themes we see impacting beauty and personal care in 2021 and beyond.

Who Goes First? The Sustainability Tug of War Between Brand Owners and Upstream Producers

Lack of adoption or slow progress? Lux Analyst, Drishti Masand, analyzes which part of the CPG value chain needs to make the first move on sustainable solutions.

Technology Landscape: Key Players in Plastic Pyrolysis

To provide a comprehensive overview of the plastic pyrolysis landscape, we leveraged various Lux data tools alongside our existing coverage to compile a list of relevant organizations. This information serves to define key trends and identify opportunities for clients seeking to engage and enter the market.

 

4 Sustainability Traps to Avoid: Common Pitfalls & Alternative Strategies

Our materials experts debated the potential pitfalls and dangers of "sustainable" technologies; this blog highlights four traps to avoid when creating sustainability-focused strategies.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up April 16, 2021

Get expert opinions on the latest emerging technology and innovation news. Check out our analysts' coverage of top innovation news and developments from Snapchat, Google, Canoo, Apple, Mori, Omada Health, and Blackrock.

News Trends: Hydrogen Economy Q1 Update

Whether you believe the frenzy is justified or overhyped, hydrogen is now top of mind for anyone with a stake in the global energy transition. Using our news commentary feature, we have been tracking key developments in the hydrogen sector, covering more than 250 individual developments across the industry. 

Water-Soluble Meets Biodegradable: Match Made In Bio-Based Heaven Or Hell?

In this blog, our materials experts dive into the existing opportunities for water-soluble and biodegradable materials, evaluate the materials being brought to market, and provide a landscape of solution providers.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up April 9, 2021

Get expert opinions on the latest emerging technology and innovation news. Check out our analysts' coverage of top innovation news and developments from AmicaTerra, Green Science Materials, Ford, Zymergen, DSM, and Grab.

Key Players In Metal 3D Printing

As 3D printing continues to mature and replace conventional manufacturing in some use cases, metal 3D printing continues to grow rapidly and gain market share in key applications and industries for producing high-quality, high-value end-use parts. To get a comprehensive overview of the technology landscape and distribution of players, we analyzed key developers with historical patent activity, academic publications, early-stage funding, and ongoing projects

News Trends: Decarbonization Pledges a Boon for CO₂ Capture and Utilization Technologies

Using our news commentary feature, we have been tracking key developments in the energy industry over the first year of the global pandemic, covering nearly 650 individual developments across more than 10 of our major topic areas.  In the blog we take a look back at the past 12 months within one of our main topics, CO2 emissions and abatement.

Event Recap: Columbia University Energy Symposium 2021

Lux Research recently joined the 2021 Columbia University Energy Symposium. In this blog our Analyst, Jinze Dai, Ph.D., outlines the key takeaways from this year's event.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up April 2, 2021

Get expert opinions on the latest emerging technology and innovation news. Check out our expert coverage of top innovation news and developments from Nestlé, Oxford Nanopore, TuSimple, Livekindly Collective, & Keurig Dr Pepper.

2020's Hottest Materials Topics & Best Tech Startups

Out of all the companies profiled in 2020, an impressive 41 were rated either a Positive or Strong Positive. Which topics and technologies bubbled to the top in 2020? Learn more from our expert, Anthony Schiavo in this blog.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up March 26, 2021

Get expert opinions on the latest emerging technology and innovation news. Check out our analysts' coverage of National Grid, P&G, Momenta, SAIC Motor, Toyota, and Bosch.

2020's Hottest Digital Topics & Best Tech Startups

The Lux Digital Team has identified topics and companies that rose to the top during the last year. Of all the companies that the Lux Digital Team profiled via primary interviews, 92 companies received a Positive or Strong Positive Lux Take.

2020 Year in Review: Future Energy for Mobility

Mobility continues to undergo its transformation with the rise of electrification and even a return of interest in hydrogen-powered vehicles. Looking back on 2020, our experts highlight some of the most important developments that occurred for the future energy for mobility storyline.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up March 19, 2021

Get expert opinions on the latest emerging technology and innovation news. This past week was a big week for energy, and hydrogen specifically. Check out our analysts' coverage of Haldor Topsoe, Hyundai Motor, SK Group, and Singapore and Chile's plans for an international hydrogen supply chain.

2020 Year in Review: Doing More With Less

With COVID clearly demonstrating weaknesses in local, regional, and global food systems, doing more with less was a key driver for 2020 development across the agrifood space. On the crop production side of the value chain, digital transformation, alternative crop protection methods, and production sustainability received a considerable proportion of innovation attention. In this blog, we provide some hand-picked examples from the year that exemplify progress in these innovation areas.   

2020 Year in Review: Profiting from Shared Mobility

Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, many shared mobility companies have passed the stress test, tapping into new revenue sources like food delivery, pharmaceuticals delivery, and fintech. Reflecting on shared mobility in 2020, we take a look back at some of the most important developments that occurred in this space.

Event Recap: Key Takeaways From Probiota 2021

In this blog, our digital transformation experts summarize the two key takeaways from the CES 2021 with respect to the future of smart and connected consumer products and ecosystems.

2020 Year in Review: Consumer Transformation

As we reflect on 2020, we take a look back at some of the most important materials-related developments that occurred in the Consumer Transformation theme.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up March 12, 2021

Get expert opinions on the latest emerging technology and innovation news. This week's round-up includes our analysts' coverage of biosurfactants, hydration sensors, last-mile technologies, and the energy transition.

The Top Digital Transformation Startups of 2020

Digital transformation means many things to many people, so it’s important to segment and analyze startups developing foundational enabling technologies as well as key impacted applications, such as Industry 4.0 and digital health. Our new market map identifies the top 20 startups digital innovators should be tracking.

2020 Year in Review: The Sustainability Imperative

Global warming, water scarcity, plastic waste, and the spread of microplastics – these are all serious environmental concerns on the minds of consumers, investors, and policymakers alike. Lux Analyst, Kristin Marshall, breaks down the key materials-related developments that occurred in 2020 regarding the sustainability imperative.

2020 Year in Review: Optimal Use of Resources

COVID-19 shook up the energy industry, and the aftermath is likely to shake the economic fabric as countries seek to rely on local systems and be self-sufficient. The major trend of improving resiliency in the post-COVID future will make the optimal use of domestic resources an even greater priority as countries seek energy independence and security while still maintaining progress toward decarbonization. Looking back on 2020, we reflect on some of the most important developments that occurred in the optimal use of resources storyline.

2020 Year in Review: Prevention and Personalization in Health

Last year was a significant foundation-building phase for the development of clinical decision-making tools based on data gathered remotely. We expect groundbreaking commercial successes to follow in the coming years, but in 2020, the biggest progress made was in developing devices to gather or capture the data needed to build or deliver these digital solutions. 

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up March 5, 2021

Get expert opinions on the latest emerging technology and innovation news for the first week of March. This week's round-up includes expert insights on the latest news in indoor agriculture, renewable energy, graphene batteries, carbon emissions, and construction waste.

2020 Year in Review: Materials and Digital Transformation

Digital transformation has the promise of enabling innovations in materials discovery, manufacturing processes, and applications, as well as new business models for sales. As we reflect on 2020, we take a look back and provide a breakdown of the most important developments and trends that occurred last year regarding digital transformation in materials.

2020 Year in Review: Adapting to Autonomy

As a result of the pandemic, autonomous vehicles were used in new ways, quickly adapted to disinfect public spaces or transport medical tests from testing sites to labs, which may sway public opinion and that of local officials as they take a closer look at how to regulate the technology. However, the financial pressure also forced some automakers to pause development. As we look back on 2020, we take a look back at some of the most important developments that occurred in the adapting to autonomy storyline.

2020 Year in Review: Personalized Products and Services

With a significant decline in retail traffic, CPG companies have had to launch e-commerce, smartphone, and D2C channels almost overnight, which has now intensified competition.  As we look back on 2020, our digital transformation team reflects on some of the most important developments that occurred in our digital health and future consumer coverage.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up February 26, 2021

Get expert opinions on the latest emerging technology and innovation news for the final week of February. This week's round-up includes our analysts' coverage of Hyundai, USPS, Covestro, BMW, Nikola, Pear Therapeutics, and Facebook.

The Top Food and Agriculture Startups of 2020

The vivid impacts of 2020 are not without opportunity, even as the lines across value chains blur. Picking the right startups and partners to remain ahead in this dynamic period is critical, and our new list names 32 startups who maintained their innovation trajectory during last year's turbulance.

2020 Year in Review: Transformative Innovations Disrupt the Entire Ecosystem

Transformation is an apt descriptor for 2020, but several innovations found purchase during the ongoing COVID-19 transformation and are creating disruption of their own. Alternative proteins, vertical agriculture, ingredient discovery, and the microbiome all received significant advancement despite a turbulent year.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up February 19, 2021

Get expert opinions on the latest emerging technology and innovation news for the third week of February. This week's round-up includes our analysts' coverage of Coca-Cola, Jaguar Land Rover, Redefine Meat, Ford, Nature's Fynd, and Tesla's bitcoin announcement.

2020 Year in Review: Industry 4.0

Savvy industrial companies have already embraced Industry 4.0, though success is a long and challenging journey. Looking back on 2020, our digital transformation team, reflects on some of the most important developments that occurred in our Industry 4.0 coverage.

2020 Year in Review: Decarbonization of Industry

While COVID-19 may have momentarily shifted the political discourse away from climate change, the industrial sector will not escape the looming threat of regulatory constraints with several countries moving forward with carbon neutrality endeavors despite the pandemic. Looking back on 2020, our energy experts, Runeel Daliah and Yuan-Sheng Yu, reflect on some of the most important developments that occurred in the decarbonization of industry storyline.

Food transparency in Asia: Regional trends and startups

The drivers for increasing transparency in food systems are plenty: supply chain optimization, expediting recalls, preventing economically motivated adulteration, and the list goes on. To address the different layers of transparency, consider these Asia-based startups as exemplary of the regional landscape of tech developers.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up February 12, 2021

Get expert opinions on the latest emerging technology and innovation news for the second week of February. Today's round-up includes our analysts' coverage of Shell, Toyota, Nike, Colgate, and Future Meat Technologies.

5 Technologies for the Automotive Sector to Watch

While COVID-19 presented financial challenges to the industry, automakers cannot afford to overlook long-term innovation, as the pandemic has accelerated timelines for adoption of electric and autonomous vehicles. Learn more about the 5 technologies mobility innovation leaders need to watch in this blog.

Food and Agriculture's Top 5 Technologies For 2021

Our report takes a deep look at the agrifood ecosystem and reviews what topics emerged and which technologies rose to the top during 2020. Our analysis of the hottest innovation topics and best tech startups found the top five technologies food and agriculture leaders should look to in 2021.

2020 Year in Review: The Food Company of 2050

Major food and beverage players are facing constant pressure to successfully navigate the rapidly evolving food industry, in line with changing consumer preferences. Reflecting on 2020, our experts take a look back at some of the most important developments that occurred in the Food Company of 2050 storyline.

Event Recap: CES 2021 The Future Of Smart & Connected Consumer Products

In this blog, our digital transformation experts summarize the two key takeaways from the CES 2021 with respect to the future of smart and connected consumer products and ecosystems.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up February 5, 2021

Get expert opinions on the latest emerging technology and innovation news for the first week of February. Today's round-up includes our analysts' coverage of SpaceX, Shell, ExxonMobil, L'Oréal, AutoX, and McDonald's.

The Top Chemicals and Materials Startups of 2020

The chemicals and materials industry is going to see massive disruption in the next 20 years. Our experts have identified the top startups leading the evolution of the industry.

2020 Year in Review: Evolution of Energy Networks

Energy networks are growing more distributed, interconnected, and interchangeable, driven by technologies that can accommodate the ever-increasing amounts of cheap solar and wind.  As we're a month into 2021, we take a look back at some of the most important developments that occurred in the Evolution of Energy Networks storyline.

Which Packaging Trends Survived The Coronavirus Pandemic?

In this blog, our expert, Drishti Masand, highlights the top trends that impacted packaging during 2020,  and makes predictions for 2021.

Event Recap: Mobility Innovations At CES 2021

A global pandemic wasn't able to stop the world's largest consumer electronics showcase from happening, although this year marked a noticeably quieter event than most. However, a small CES is still a major event, check out our key takeaways from this year's event in this blog.

The Top 20 Energy Startups of 2020

Based on interviews with key startups in the energy space, our analysts have published a list of the top 20 startups in 2020. Many of the startups within this elite group have already gained commercial traction in their respective applications. With renewed interest from investors in cleantech in the past year, we expect an influx of capital to support promising startups and go toward several unworthy ones as well.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up January 29, 2021

Get expert opinions on the latest emerging technology and innovation news for the final week of January. Today's round-up includes our analysts' coverage of BeyondMeat, Boeing, Microsoft, Pepsi, and green hydrogen.

The Great Hydrogen Debate: 2021 Predictions For The Hydrogen Economy

This is the final blog of The Great Hydrogen Debate, a five-part series. To close out the debate, the team got together one last time to share their 2021 predictions for the hydrogen economy – some safe ones, some bold ones, and even some very opinionated and specific ones, in typical Lux Take fashion. 

2020 Year in Review: Foundational Technologies for Digital Transformation

As we look back on 2020, our digital transformation team reflects on some of the most important developments that occurred in our foundational technologies coverage. These include announcements from Apple, Microsoft, Google, SoftBank, and Facebook.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up January 22, 2021

Get expert opinions on the latest emerging technology and innovation news for the third week of January. Today's round-up includes our analysts' coverage of L'Oréal, FitBit, Oxford Nanopore Technologies, Aurora, Mercedes-Benz, and Hyundai.

The Great Hydrogen Debate: What Industry Will Be The Driver For A Widespread Hydrogen Economy?

This blog is the fourth of The Great Hydrogen Debate, a five-part series. In this blog, our group of experts tackle the question, "What industry will be the driver for a widespread hydrogen economy?" 

Materials Informatics' Key Players

The general hype surrounding AI has passed to MI, with startups raising millions over the past three years and leading players promising a revolution in the way that the industry operates.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up January 15th, 2021

On Fridays we highlight our Lux Take on the news for the week. Our analysts are sharing their thoughts on the latest emerging technology and innovation news.  

Chemical and Material Industry’s Hottest Technologies For 2021

Our analysis of the hottest innovation topics and best tech startups across our materials innovation research found that top 5 technologies innovation leaders should look to in 2021. 

The Great Hydrogen Debate: How Will Hydrogen Be Transported In A New Global Energy Trade?

This blog is part of The Great Hydrogen Debate, a five-part series to better understand what a hydrogen economy would look like, and the effort required to achieve it. This is our third piece of the series.

Energy’s Hottest Technologies For 2021

The rise of renewable energy and electric vehicles will lead to significant changes the energy system has not seen in more than a century – bringing both new challenges and new opportunities.

Advanced Crop Harvesting's Key Players

Among the technology options to advance crop harvesting technology, we have identified the following categories: collaborative, indoor automated platforms, and outdoor automated platforms.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up January 8th, 2021

On Fridays we highlight our Lux Take on the news for the week. Our analysts are sharing their thoughts on the latest emerging technology and innovation news. Check out our final Weekly Round-Up for 2020 below. 

2020 Year in Review: Improving Urban Mobility

While smart cities remain in their infancy, mobility innovations are beginning to improve the way we transport people and goods in urban settings. As we begin 2021, we take a look back at some of the most important developments that occurred in the Improving Urban Mobility storyline in 2020.

The Great Hydrogen Debate: Will Hydrogen Become The Bulk Energy Carrier Of The Future?

The question around hydrogen becoming a bulk energy carrier is largely a question about its potential to replace oil and gas across numerous use cases as well as compete head-to-head against electrification. With nearly 90% of hydrogen consumed today concentrated in refining and ammonia production, there is a long road ahead for hydrogen to becoming a bulk energy carrier in the future.

Food Safety In Asia: Regional Trends And Startups

 Each year, 275 million people in Asia (and the Pacific) fall sick from food, with 225,000 perishing. Improving these statistics will require participation from both the public and private sectors. Providing infrastructure and personnel training to improve hygiene and sanitation in production will play a large role, with an opportunity for tech to build on that foundation. Learn more from our expert, Thomas Hayes, in this new blog.