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Case Study - Neptune Energy will decarbonize oil and gas operations by storing more CO₂ emissions from other industries by 2030

Lux's latest case study analyzes Neptune Energy, an independent oil and gas producer that announced plans to store more CO2 emissions than it emits by 2030.

Case Study - 3D bioprinting in food: Aleph Farms turns to bioprinting to develop more structured, cell-based meat products

Lux's latest case study analyzes 3D bioprinting in food and Aleph Farms, who are emerging as an early leader from a technology and investment perspective.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up May 20, 2022

Lux Research analysts provide their expert opinions on the past week's biggest innovation developments. Get the #LuxTake on major headlines from DNV, NACFE, Apple, Google, Microsoft, and more.

The this, the that, and the other about agrivoltaics

Agrivoltaics is seen as one of the solutions to the land scarcity conundrum, as implementing agrivoltaic systems can improve land use by 70%. LuxResearch's latest blog delves into this innovation.

Going full circle: Tire recycling technologies of today

Automotive tires are consumables with more than one billion tires discarded across the globe annually. However, like most plastics, tires do not decompose quickly. Lux's latest blog analyzes the tire recycling technologies available today.

Case Study: Floating into the unknown - How Oceans of Energy fared in its first big test

Lux's latest case study analyzes the world's first offshore FPV system, launched off the Dutch coast in 2019 by Dutch startup Oceans of Energy, and how it fared in its first big test during the storms of Corrie and Eunice that hit the Netherlands.

Truck platooning: More to it than meets the eye

While commercial trucking is a promising early implementation area for autonomy, it will still take at least till the end of the decade before autonomous trucks are widespread. With cruise control and lane-keeping assist already commercially available, further progress in the area points to platooning as a next step.

To burn or not to burn: Are hydrogen combustion engines relevant to mobility?

In Lux's latest blog, we look into a noticeable increase in activity in the first couple of months of 2022 for hydrogen ICEs that have emerged as an alternative to fuel cells and analyze hydrogen combustion engines' relevance to mobility.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up May 6, 2022

Lux Research analysts provide their expert opinions on the past week's biggest innovation developments. Get the #LuxTake on major headlines from Pony.ai, EDF Energy Group, Mobileye, and more.

Upcoming Webinar: Blockchain: Hype vs. Reality

Lux Research's upcoming webinar, "Blockchain: Hype vs. Reality," will dive into what exactly blockchain is, its advantages and disadvantages, and why it's such a game-changing technology.

 

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up April 29, 2022

Lux Research analysts provide their expert opinions on the past week's biggest innovation developments. Get the #LuxTake on major headlines from Pony.ai, Anuvia, Carrefour, and more.

Case Study: Getting innovation timing right - SPAC deal sets LanzaTech up for growth and success

Lux's latest case study analyzes LanzaTech's plans to go public through a merger with special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), AMCI Acquisition Corp II in a deal that values LanzaTech at USD 2.2 billion.

Understanding the Impact of the Ukraine Crisis: Companies move business out of Russia, showing responsiveness to social pressure

In the final post in our series of blogs on the Ukraine crisis, Lux covers companies responding to social pressure and moving business out of Russia.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up April 22, 2022

Lux Research analysts provide their expert opinions on the past week's biggest innovation developments. Get the #LuxTake on major headlines from SunPower, Motif FoodWorks, Brightmark, and more.

Webinar Recap: Greenwashing, or Profitable Corporate Social Responsibility? Making Strategic Sense of Carbon Credits

The recent Lux Research webinar "Greenwashing, or Profitable Corporate Social Responsibility? Making Strategic Sense of Carbon Credits" looked at the different kinds of carbon credits, how they are manufactured and traded, and most importantly how you can decide whether and how to use carbon credits as part of your net-zero corporate roadmap.

 

Understanding the Impact of the Ukraine Crisis: Long-term shift to localization and resilience

In the third of our series of blogs on the Ukraine crisis, Lux covers the long-term shift to supply chain localization and resilience.

Understanding the Impact of the Ukraine Crisis: Short-term Supply Chain Disruptions

In the second of our series of blogs on the Ukraine crisis, Lux covers the short-term supply chain disruptions that may occur as a result.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up April 15, 2022

Lux Research analysts provide their expert opinions on the past week's biggest innovation developments. Get the #LuxTake on major headlines from Kodiak Robotics, Climeworks, Encina, and more.

Understanding the Impact of the Ukraine Crisis: Germany's foreign policy response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine will accelerate the global energy transition

In the first of our series of blogs on the Ukraine crisis, Lux covers Germany's foreign policy response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the effects on the global energy transition, in particular, the hydrogen economy.

Case Study: E.ON acquisition of gridX continues expansion of EV charging services

Lux's latest case study analyzes E.ON investing several million dollars in startups to offer distributed solutions for its 50 million customers and expand its electric vehicle (EV) charging network.

Upcoming Webinar: Greenwashing, or Profitable Corporate Social Responsibility? Making Strategic Sense of Carbon Credits

Lux Research's upcoming webinar, "Greenwashing, or Profitable Corporate Social Responsibility? Making Strategic Sense of Carbon Credits," will look at the different kinds of carbon credits, how they are manufactured and traded, and most importantly how you can decide whether and how to use carbon credits as part of your net-zero corporate roadmap.

 

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up April 8, 2022

Lux Research analysts provide their expert opinions on the past week's biggest innovation developments. Get the #LuxTake on major headlines from DeNora, Apple, Pear Therapeutics, and more.

Case Study: JBS moves to acquire cell-based meat startup Biotech Foods, underscoring the importance of protein diversification

In our latest case study, Lux Research looks at leading global meat processing company JBS and their acquisition of cell-based meat startup Biotech Foods.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up April 1, 2022

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

Webinar Recap: How to Create Value from Regenerative Agriculture in Your Business

The recent Lux Research webinar "How to Create Value from Regenerative Agriculture in Your Business" presented the state of regenerative agriculture initiatives in CPG and the technologies that already are acting as enablers, those that are not but can, and future needs for scalability.

 

How a Small But Mighty 3M Team Worked with Lux on Sustainability

Lux Research recently collaborated with 3M on a case study that takes a look inside the company and shines a light on an organic, internal team that took on the massive issue of sustainability and created opportunities for other employees to join them.

Case Study: BASF bring digital sales platforms to personal care products with D'lite offering

Lux Research delves into the new "D'lite" digital sales platform that BASF has launched, which caters to the cosmetics market in our latest case study.

Case Study: Boom Supersonic relies on 3D printing to enable its business model

In our latest case study, Lux examines Boom Supersonic's development of a supersonic passenger aircraft and their partnership with Stratasys and Velo3D to develop several dozen metal and high-performance 3D-printed parts.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up March 25, 2022

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

Business model evolution in materials informatics startups

Through in-depth conversations with over five dozen companies, Lux noticed that a common question being asked is what business models do major materials informatics (MI) startups use. In this article, we intend to review the evolution of business models and give our take on the implications of each. At the end, we also propose another model that could be more successful for MI startups and other companies.

Case Study: AXA and Microsoft partner to build an integrated digital healthcare platform that aims to be a single-entry point across the patient journey

In our latest case study, Lux examines French multinational insurer, AXA, and Microsoft partnering to build an integrated digital healthcare platform, with the aim to be a single-entry point across the patient journey.

Case Study: Mitsubishi's acquisitions confirm its ambitions to play a bigger role along the power value chain

Lux's latest case study analyzes Mitsubishi Electric's most recent acquisitions which enlarge their position in the utility industry, both as an equipment supplier and an investor, and seemingly confirms their ambitions to play a bigger role.

Case Study: Udelv unveils cabless autonomous delivery vehicle

In our latest case study, Lux examines the first cabless autonomous electric delivery vehicle, revealed by Udelv, a Silicon Valley venture-backed company, at CES 2022 in January. 

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up March 11, 2022

Lux Research analysts provide their expert opinions on the past week's biggest innovation developments. Get the #LuxTake on major headlines from LG, Neste, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and more.

Upcoming Webinar: How to Create Value from Regenerative Agriculture in Your Business

Lux Research has an upcoming webinar, "Transforming Open Innovation: Opportunities from Innovation Clusters", which will draw on the experience of incubators, accelerators, and other innovation clusters to highlight best practices for selecting startup partners that will drive growth, avoid pitfalls and navigate a shifting and complex opportunity and innovation landscape.

 

Case Study: Pear Therapeutics doubles down on its digital therapeutic psychiatry portfolio with new asset acquisitions

In our latest case study, Lux analyzes Pear Therapeutics, digital therapeutics company with multiple psychiatric products in commercial use, doubling down on its digital therapeutic psychiatry portfolio with new asset acquisitions.

All aboard: The energy transition of rail

Considering its ability to transport a large number of people and goods across long distances, rail is a key industry to tackle to decarbonize mobility. In our latest blog, Lux dives into the state of the rail industry and the available opportunities.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up March 4, 2022

Lux Research analysts provide their expert opinions on the past week's biggest innovation developments. Get the #LuxTake on major headlines from Intelbras, Givaudan, the U.K. National Grid Energy System Operator, and more.

Case Study: Thorvald UV-C robot helps strawberry farm eliminate mildew

Interest is building in implementing robotics in agriculture. Lux's latest case study analyzes Saga Robotics' Thorvald autonomous robotic platform and how it's used to reduce mildew on tabletop crops like strawberries.

Packaging 2021 year in review: Halfway to 2025

The consumer packaging industry is going through a major transformation, under mounting pressure to move to a more circular economy. Many brand owners have committed to making their packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025 — and 2022 marks the halfway point for many firms that set these goals in 2019. Lux reviews some of the most important developments that occurred in the packaging space in 2021.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up February 25, 2022

Lux Research analysts provide their expert opinions on the past week's biggest innovation developments. Get the #LuxTake on major headlines from Kraft-Heinz, ExxonMobil, the U.S. Department of Energy, and more.

Patents for Tomorrow's Plastics

Innovation is essential in our transition to a circular economy, and what better way is there to track innovation trends than patent applications? Lux analyzes the curated data on international patent families (IFPs) for a glimpse of the future technological landscape of tomorrow’s plastics in our latest blog.

Webinar Recap: Transforming Open Innovation: Opportunities for Innovation Clusters

The recent Lux Research webinar "Transforming Open Innovation: Opportunities from Innovation Clusters" drew on the experience of incubators, accelerators, and other innovation clusters to highlight best practices for selecting startup partners that will drive growth, avoid pitfalls, and navigate a shifting, complex landscape of opportunity and innovation.

 

NFTs: Challenges and opportunities

The past year has been all about nonfungible tokens or NFTs. People tend to fall into two opposing camps when it comes to NFTs: very pro-NFT or very anti-NFT. As Lux shows in this article, the truth lies somewhere in the middle.

What you need to know about blockchain energy consumption and scalability

In the past year, there has been a rapid rise in interest, activity, and hype around public blockchain use-cases including cryptocurrencies, NFTs (nonfungible tokens), and several other categories. However, two major and related issues have bubbled to the surface that pose significant hurdles to the adoption of public blockchain use-cases.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up February 18, 2022

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

Identifying business opportunities to address the sustainability of Japan’s healthcare system

By many metrics, Japan’s healthcare system is considered one of the most successful in the world. However, upon deeper inspection, there are early signs of concern for the sustainability of its healthcare system. Lux dissects these challenges and the subsequent opportunities in our latest blog post.

Solving for the challenges of healthcare data privacy and governance: Are healthcare data cooperatives the answer?

In most jurisdictions, patients are ultimately the owners of their own healthcare data, however, in practice, custodianship is assumed by their healthcare providers, as a vast majority of patients do not know how and where to store healthcare data, let alone how to interpret and use them. In our latest blog, Lux analyzes healthcare data cooperatives as a potential answer to challenges of data privacy and governance.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up February 11, 2022

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

The Hydrogen Economy Has the Potential to Disrupt the Global Water Cycle, but Much Less so Than Climate Change

The hydrogen economy will use significant amounts of water if it manages to scale to the extent that it can substitute the current global energy trade. Lux analyzes what the limit to scaling the hydrogen economy is — where it impacts the global water cycle to create unsustainable negative consequences.

Utilities Answer Disruption, Invest in Cybersecurity, VPPs, and AI to Foster Startup Innovation

It is no secret that utilities face a host of challenges that make it difficult to do business as usual. In our latest blog post, Lux overviews some of the responses from the industry to this disruption.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up February 4, 2022

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

Upcoming Webinar: Transforming Open Innovation: Opportunities from Innovation Clusters

Lux Research has an upcoming webinar, "Transforming Open Innovation: Opportunities from Innovation Clusters", which will draw on the experience of incubators, accelerators, and other innovation clusters to highlight best practices for selecting startup partners that will drive growth, avoid pitfalls and navigate a shifting and complex opportunity and innovation landscape.

 

Low-energy nuclear reactions are not a hoax (mostly) but also not a viable energy technology

In our latest blog post, Lux overviews low-energy nuclear reactions (LENRs) to analyze the promise of muon-catalyzed fusion, electrolytic cell fusion, and atomic batteries.

COP26: Pledges play it safe, but procurement focus signals a firm step to decarbonize the built environment

Despite convening the first-ever Built Environment Day at a UN Conference of Partners, the Glasgow summit did not produce many bold, tangible commitments for decarbonization of the built environment. However, in this post, Lux analyzes some promising signals from COP26. 

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up January 28, 2022

Lux Research analysts provide their expert opinions on the past week's biggest innovation developments. Get the #LuxTake on major headlines from Shell, Microsoft, Johnson & Johnson and more

Webinar Recap: The Top Trends in Sustainable Innovation: Reviewing Key Developments of 2021 and Predictions for the Future

Lux Research recently held a webinar, "The Top Trends in Sustainable Innovation: Reviewing Key Developments of 2021 and Predictions for the Future", which looked back at the key developments of 2021 and highlighted what to look for in 2022 and beyond.

 

COP26: Upstream changes accelerate for the chemicals industry

The chemicals industry largely flew under the radar at COP26 — despite an expanded focus on industrial decarbonization. Despite not being one of the industries called out for "Glasgow Breakthroughs," the chemicals industry was indirectly called out in two important announcements. In this post, Lux takes a look at the key points coming out of COP26 for the chemicals industry.

COP26: The CPG sector must build supply chain and climate financing strategies

Coming out of COP26 it appears that for now, the CPG sector will need to tackle their issues alone, as most funding and action appears earmarked to energy and industrials. In this blog, Lux summarizes the key points emerging from COP26 for the CPG industry. 

COP26: Catalyzing the end of oil and gas

The energy industry has long been the bull's-eye of any discussions around climate change, and energy was once again front and center in Glasgow at COP26. In this blog, Lux summarizes the key points coming out of COP26 for the energy industry. 

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up January 7, 2022

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