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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-SA | Phase: NMP-2009-1.2-5 | Award Amount: 1.96M | Year: 2009

The NanoCom coordinated action will contribute to bridging the gap between lab based and industrial applications in nanotechnology by creating a European wide approach and mechanisms for lowering the barriers and spreading best open innovation practices for rapid commercialisation and investment in innovative nanotechnology driven products. The vision will be supported by the following key objectives: To carry out a critical analysis of barriers for rapid commercialisation of emerging Micro and Nano Technologies (MNT) that result from many complementary EC, national and industrially funded Research and Development (R&D) projects To analyse and promote best practices via new nanotechnology and nano-manufacturing specific open innovation methodology and tools and provide roadmapping, policy and investment advise at EU, national and regional levels To create a commercialisation oriented forum and mechanisms for coordinating the efforts of many complementary R&D projects in ERA To provide support for training and dissemination of best practices for open innovation and commercialisation of nanotechnology. The NanoCom outcomes will target the creation of new Open Innovation approach and support environment for overcoming the barriers to commercialisation of nanotechnology results in Europe and promoting and spreading best practices. The results of the project will dramatically increase the uptake of nanotechnologies and facilitate the development of a strong and thriving European nano-manufacturing sector providing global innovation leadership in the field.


News Article | November 10, 2016
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The biggest growth opportunities in solar often lie in emerging markets located in harsh climates, so technologies to make modules more durable are growing in demand, says Lux Research BOSTON, MA--(Marketwired - November 10, 2016) - Material innovation is ramping up in solar as the industry aims to address the widespread decrease in performance over time that affects photovoltaic (PV) modules, according to Lux Research. Solar modules degrade over the years, due to environmental factors, causing performance drops and even failures. Such degradation is growing in importance because of its impact on financial models, long-term reliability, and adoption in regions with extreme climates. "New evidence of climate-dependent degradation is creating new opportunities for non-standard material adoption in module packaging," said Tyler Ogden, Lux Research Analyst and lead author of the report titled, "Extending Lifetime and Performance: Breaking Down the Photovoltaic Module." "Recently unveiled module lines from Yingli and BYD use new materials, while other new module assembly designs are likely to be offered over the next five years," he added. Lux Research analysts examined new initiatives to arrest degradation of PV modules and their potential benefits. Among their findings: The report, titled "Extending Lifetime and Performance: Breaking Down the Photovoltaic Module," is part of the Lux Research Solar Intelligence service. Lux Research provides strategic advice and ongoing intelligence for emerging technologies. Leaders in business, finance and government rely on us to help them make informed strategic decisions. Through our unique research approach focused on primary research and our extensive global network, we deliver insight, connections and competitive advantage to our clients. Visit www.luxresearchinc.com for more information.


News Article | October 28, 2016
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Technology and formulation are key to success as developers race to meet demand required to feed a booming population, says Lux Research BOSTON, MA--(Marketwired - October 26, 2016) - The market for alternative proteins -- beyond fish and meat -- will grow at 14% annually by 2024. Developers will race to explore new sources and create new formulations to mitigate the negative environmental impact of the existing protein supply chain, as total protein demand will double to 943.5 million metric tons in 2054, according to Lux Research. Based on their nutritional content and commercial value, soybean, pea and oat have emerged as the dominant plant sources. Still, technology is key to improving protein flavor and creating new food and beverage products, or enabling them to be added to existing products. "Alternative proteins will play a crucial role in meeting global protein demands and represents a lucrative opportunity for a variety of players to address unmet needs in this space," said Joice Pranata, Lux Research Associate and co-author of the report titled, "Finding a Winning Formula for Alternative Proteins." Lux Research analysts evaluated the alternative protein market, placing sources on a 2x2 matrix, based on eight nutritional and commercialization criteria. Among their findings: The report, titled "Finding a Winning Formula for Alternative Proteins," is part of the Lux Research Food and Nutrition Intelligence service. Lux Research provides strategic advice and ongoing intelligence for emerging technologies. Leaders in business, finance and government rely on us to help them make informed strategic decisions. Through our unique research approach focused on primary research and our extensive global network, we deliver insight, connections and competitive advantage to our clients. Visit www.luxresearchinc.com for more information.


Advanced biofuels will nearly double in five years to 9.6 billion gallons per year as first-generation fuels like traditional biodiesel lose out to newer low-carbon fuels, says Lux Research BOSTON, MA--(Marketwired - February 14, 2017) - New biofuel technology is finally starting to push aside traditional biofuels like first-generation biodiesel. New facilities based on non-food feedstocks and producing novel fuels account for over half of new capacity deployment for the first time in the biofuel industry's history, according to Lux Research. However, overall output will grow at a slower pace to 67 billion gallons a year (BGY) in 2022, from 59 BGY in 2016. "A new era of technology commercialization has brought the global biofuels industry to the cusp of a tipping point, as new facilities target low-carbon and high-performance drop-in biofuels," said Runeel Daliah, Lux Research Associate and lead author of the report titled, "Biofuels Outlook 2022: The Dawn of a New Era in Global Biofuel Capacity Expansion." "With many of the technologies capable of producing advanced biofuels still at demonstration scale, the next five years will be critical as companies raise capital, establish value chain security and produce commercial volumes as these projects come online," he added. Lux Research analysts quantified the commercial deployment of new technologies in the global biofuels industry using a database of nearly 2,000 facilities from 1,461 companies in 90 countries with nameplate capacity data through 2022. Among their findings: The report, titled "Biofuels Outlook 2022: The Dawn of a New Era in Global Biofuel Capacity Expansion," is part of the Lux Research Alternative Fuels Intelligence service. Lux Research provides strategic advice and ongoing intelligence for emerging technologies. Leaders in business, finance and government rely on us to help them make informed strategic decisions. Through our unique research approach focused on primary research and our extensive global network, we deliver insight, connections and competitive advantage to our clients. Visit www.luxresearchinc.com for more information.


News Article | February 22, 2017
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An analysis of Society of Petroleum Engineers documents indicates an ongoing focus on maximizing reservoirs and highlights partnering strategies, Lux Research says BOSTON, MA--(Marketwired - February 22, 2017) - Oil and Gas technology executives have lost entire teams amongst budget cuts in the past two years. They are now responsible for assessing partnerships at a high level, while also uncovering technology solutions for niche basin issues. An analysis of co-authored papers among 23,000 Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) publications reveals the research focus and partnering approach of the most innovative oil and gas companies. Tapping into the treasure trove of data hidden in these research documents will be vital to helping the industry cope with technical, cost and other challenges, according to Lux Research. "In our survey, 57% of oil and gas professionals said that research papers often affect business decisions, but most also admitted they only read a handful of papers each year," said Colleen Kennedy, Lux Research Analyst and lead author of the report titled, "Making Use of Metadata: Analysis of Over 20,000 Oil and Gas Technical Papers." "As technology trends from advances in hydraulic fracturing to the rise of digital oilfields affect the industry, operators need a better way to find and analyze the treasure trove of data hidden in these publications," she added. Lux Research analyzed about 23,000 technical papers from the SPE to determine the most-used keywords, identify key topics and trends, and top-viewed papers. Among their findings: The report, titled "Making use of Metadata: Analysis of Over 20,000 Oil and Gas Technical Papers," is part of the Lux Research Exploration and Production Intelligence service. Lux Research provides strategic advice and ongoing intelligence for emerging technologies. Leaders in business, finance and government rely on us to help them make informed strategic decisions. Through our unique research approach focused on primary research and our extensive global network, we deliver insight, connections and competitive advantage to our clients. Visit www.luxresearchinc.com for more information.


News Article | December 13, 2016
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The technology that powered the cryptocurrency bitcoin is expanding outside finance, with applications in the power sector, supply chain, and agriculture, says Lux Research BOSTON, MA--(Marketwired - December 13, 2016) - Blockchain first came to prominence with the cryptocurrency bitcoin, but the idea is spreading to industries beyond finance -- and the energy industry is an early leader, according to Lux Research. A distributed technology hailed for impregnable data security, blockchain has made waves in the financial industry over the past several years. Now the electrical power industry is showing how it can be creatively used outside finance, in three distinct use cases -- managing wholesale transactions, peer-to-peer networks, and renewable credits. "Power is a logical use case for a few reasons: units of power and energy are a strong fit for so-called smart contracts based on blockchain, and meters can feed data directly into blockchain logic," said Katrina Westerhof, Lux Research Analyst and co-author of the report titled, "Beyond Finance: Blockchain's Impact on the Power Sector" (an excerpt of the report is available here). "Power also relies on cumbersome trading and clearing systems to support complex markets, and blockchain can help create a leaner distributed system that can cut out intermediaries and associated fees," she added. Lux Research evaluated blockchain's use cases in the power sector, and the challenges in implementing them successfully. Among their findings: The report, titled "Beyond Finance: Blockchain's Impact on the Power Sector," is part of the Lux Research Industrial Internet of Things Intelligence and the Distributed Generation Intelligence services. Download a report excerpt. To hear more on the subject, register for the Lux Research complimentary webinar, "Blockchain beyond Finance: Power, Supply Chain, IoT, & Much More," on February 14, 2017 at 11:00 EST. Lux Research provides strategic advice and ongoing intelligence for emerging technologies. Leaders in business, finance and government rely on us to help them make informed strategic decisions. Through our unique research approach focused on primary research and our extensive global network, we deliver insight, connections and competitive advantage to our clients. Visit www.luxresearchinc.com for more information.


This year, synthetic biology startups have raised 53% of all VC funding in bio-based materials and chemicals, as venture firms flock to technology platforms such as DNA synthesis-as-a-service, says Lux Research BOSTON, MA--(Marketwired - December 20, 2016) - Venture capitalists have pumped in $5.8 billion into bio-based materials and chemicals (BBMC) startups since 2010, reflecting the drive for sustainability, performance, and alternatives to petroleum feedstocks. While from 2010 to 2015, the investment focus was on drop-in replacements for established chemicals, in 2016 VCs' focus has shifted to disruptive synthetic biology (synbio) and conversion technologies, according to Lux Research. Synbio startups attracted over $300 million, accounting for 53% of all VC investment in 2016 (through October 11), and three of the top five deals. Fermentation and catalysis had funding shares of 20% and 16%, respectively. "VCs in 2016 have taken a step back in the value chain to focus on upstream technology platforms like DNA synthesis-as-a-service and automated genomic engineering and lab equipment," said Victor Oh, Lux Research Analyst and lead author of the report titled, "Show Me the Money: Where Is Venture Capital Placing Bets in Bio-based?" "Synbio companies are embracing information technology like BioCAD and BioLIMS to create disruption and to integrate new digital genetic tools like CRISPR gene editing," he added. Lux Research analysts built a database of companies and investments in the BBMC space. Among their findings: Register for the complimentary webinar, "The New Face of Bio-based: How Performance Enables Sustainability in Tomorrow's Products," on January 17 at 11:00 EST. The report, titled "Show Me the Money: Where Is Venture Capital Placing Bets in Bio-based?" is part of the Lux Research Bio-based Materials and Chemicals Intelligence service. Lux Research provides strategic advice and ongoing intelligence for emerging technologies. Leaders in business, finance and government rely on us to help them make informed strategic decisions. Through our unique research approach focused on primary research and our extensive global network, we deliver insight, connections and competitive advantage to our clients. Visit www.luxresearchinc.com for more information.


News Article | March 1, 2017
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New startups and dominant incumbents GE and Veolia enable a growing market for technologies that can eliminate all liquid waste from power plants and other facilities, Lux Research says BOSTON, MA--(Marketwired - March 01, 2017) - Zero-liquid discharge (ZLD), an approach to wastewater treatment that prevents any liquid waste from flowing out of a power plant or factors, will grow at a 12% annual rate into a $2.7 billion market in 2030. The market will be boosted by technology innovations, rising water cost, and regulations due to growing concerns over surface water contamination, according to Lux Research. "Leading ZLD providers like GE, Veolia, and Aquatech International have a large chunk of the market, but startups with emerging technologies are addressing cost and energy issues to enable even wider adoption," said Abhirabh Basu, Lux Research Associate and lead author of the report titled, "Assessing Opportunities in the Fast-Growing Zero Liquid Discharge Market." "Advanced thermal system providers, innovative membrane distillation systems, and a group of emerging forward-osmosis startups promise to dramatically reduce the overall cost of running ZLD," he added. Lux Research compared water treatment and management technology companies on the Lux Innovation Grid, rating them on technical value, business execution, and maturity. Among their findings: The report, titled "Assessing Opportunities in the Fast-Growing Zero Liquid Discharge Market," is part of the Lux Research Water Intelligence service. Lux Research provides strategic advice and ongoing intelligence for emerging technologies. Leaders in business, finance and government rely on us to help them make informed strategic decisions. Through our unique research approach focused on primary research and our extensive global network, we deliver insight, connections and competitive advantage to our clients. Visit www.luxresearchinc.com for more information.


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Optics Express | Year: 2010

We present a review of commercial thin-film photovoltaic (PV) technologies and products. After a brief introduction of recent dynamics in the on-grid PV market, we provide an overview of commercial thin-film silicon, cadmium telluride, copper indium gallium diselenide, and organic PV modules - including representative efficiencies, deposition processes, module form factors, and nominal production capacities available for production today. Finally, we discuss the technical, production, and market targets of thin-film PV module developers. © 2010 Optical Society of America.


News Article | November 22, 2016
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Reusing batteries from plug-in vehicles for home energy storage is an appealing idea, but the economics don't make sense, says Lux Research BOSTON, MA--(Marketwired - November 22, 2016) - Recycling, rather than reuse, is likely to be the more attractive option for up to 65 GWh of second-life batteries poised to enter the market in 2035 with the retirement of the first generation of plug-in vehicles, according to Lux Research. Reuse of batteries from electric vehicles will deliver questionable returns on account of reduced performance, limiting them to application with less frequent and shallower depth of discharge cycles. An oversized 11.2 kWh residential system from second-life batteries will cost just over $4,600, compared with nearly $6,000 for a new 7 kWh system. However, reduced round-trip efficiency and cycle life make residential units and other daily cycling applications a poor fit compared to some others. "With present technology, recycling old batteries for new materials is the more economical option for creating the most value from existing materials," said Christopher Robinson, Lux Research Associate and lead author of the report titled, "Reuse or Recycle: The Billion-Dollar Battery Question." "That said, innovations in areas like packaging and testing could tip the balance in the future, so companies should have plans for both recycling and reuse," he added. Lux Research analysts evaluated the technology landscape for recycling batteries and identified potential applications for second-life batteries. Among their findings: The report, titled "Reuse or Recycle: The Billion-dollar Battery Question," is part of the Lux Research Energy Storage Intelligence service. Lux Research provides strategic advice and ongoing intelligence for emerging technologies. Leaders in business, finance and government rely on us to help them make informed strategic decisions. Through our unique research approach focused on primary research and our extensive global network, we deliver insight, connections and competitive advantage to our clients. Visit www.luxresearchinc.com for more information.

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