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2019
6 Feb

Transparent Conductive Films and Materials: Transition from old to new

The market composition of transparent conductive films and materials has not dramatically shifted for some years. It is heavily reliant upon select markets such as flat consumer small/medium sized electronic touch screens. Indeed, the IDTechEx Research report Transparent Conductive Films and Materials 2018-2028: Forecasts, Technologies, Players puts this reliance around 85-90% today. The emergence of new applications has also been slower than many had predicted and hoped. This report finds that so-called 'old' applications are still the vast majority of the market.
28 Jan

Precision pest control

By recognising locusts through the smartphone's camera, the app will be able to identify the stage of the insect's growth and record its location through the phone's IP address. This information can then be accessed by the farmer so that they can use pesticides more accurately and to target the insects in the early stages of their lifespan, significantly reducing the amount of crop damage.
17 Jan

The Graphene Industry Gathers As The Market Reaches Tipping Point

Graphene and other 2D materials have spent a long period in R&D since the discovery back in the early 21st century. However, through many positive signs from the industry, 2019 is set to become the year that the hype turns to commercial reality.
2018
20 Dec

New York to dramatically increase energy storage

New York State Public Service Commission approved two initiatives to dramatically increase New York's energy efficiency and energy storage targets to combat climate change. The new energy efficiency target for investor-owned utilities will more than double utility energy efficiency progress by 2025, reducing the state's energy consumption by the equivalent of fueling and powering 1.8 million homes. The energy storage initiative sets New York on a trajectory to achieve 1,500 megawatts of storage by 2025, enough electricity to power 1.2 million homes, and up to 3,000 megawatts by 2030.
28 Sep

The state of the electric vehicle charging infrastructure

The global electric vehicle population reached 3 million units at the end of 2017, which represents approximately 0.23% of the global vehicle population. Electric vehicle producers have responded to consumer's range anxiety by increasing the available range per charge in their vehicles to more than 200 miles. However ultimately the deployment of electric vehicles will depend on the deployment of ubiquitous chargers.
18 Sep

Multifunctionality is the future for polymer composites

The key next iteration for fiber reinforced polymer products will be the concept of multifunctionality. This is the idea of making a structural part carry out additional role(s) beyond their current primary mechanical task - the market for smart composite material is forecast to exceed 5 kilotons by 2029.
5 Sep

Avery Biomedical Devices

Avery Biomedical Devices is a medical device company that has been offering the diaphragm pacemaker since 1971. IDTechEx analyst Nadia Tsao interviewed Avery Biomedical Devices CSO Dr Dilys Gore on 15 Aug 2018.
15 Aug

Introducing the latest in textiles: Soft hardware

The latest development in textiles and fibers is a kind of soft hardware that you can wear: cloth that has electronic devices built right into it.
7 Aug

Collaboration to develop CETO wave energy technology

Carnegie Clean Energy has entered into a A$1.6 million collaboration agreement with global renewables player Enel Green Power to further its CETO wave energy technology.
11 Jul

Smart bandages monitor and tailor treatment for chronic wounds

A team of engineers has developed a prototype bandage designed to actively monitor the condition of chronic wounds and deliver appropriate drug treatments to improve the chances of healing. While the lab-tested bandages remain to be assessed in a clinical context, the research is aimed at transforming bandaging from a traditionally passive treatment into a more active paradigm to address a persistent and difficult medical challenge.
9 Jul

Peer to peer energy trading

The growth of distributed renewable energy generation has seen the emergence of many new concepts and business models. One such example is peer to peer energy trading. In this article IDTechEx looks at this new field in more detail, including a review of the technical and regulatory challenges and analysis of a number of key case studies.
4 Jul

Crop-counting robot earns top recognition

Today's crop breeders are trying to boost yields while also preparing crops to withstand severe weather and changing climates. To succeed, they must locate genes for high-yielding, hardy traits in crop plants' DNA.
30 May

Autonomous robot weeder challenges traditional methods

The robot works without being controlled by a human operator. It covers the ground just by getting its bearings and positioning itself with the help of its camera, GPS RTK and sensors. Its system of vision enables it to follow crop rows, and to detect the presence and position of weeds in and between the rows. Two robotic arms then apply a microdose of herbicide, systematically targeting the weeds that have been detected.
29 May

Taking telecoms towers off the grid

By embracing renewable and hybrid solutions for off-grid tower locations, the mobile telecoms industry can increase network coverage whilst helping to stimulate the growth of the wider renewables industry.
25 May

Redox Flow Batteries 2018-2028: Markets, Trends, Applications

Redox flow batteries are an energy storage technology initially developed by NASA in the 70's for space applications. After several years of intensive R&D, in 2006, several key patents on the technology expired, opening up the arena to companies all around the world.
25 May

Autonomous mobile robots: more diversity than first meets the eye

Autonomous mobility, in the general public's eye, is now synonymous with cars. Whilst this might be the largest ultimate prize, it is by no means the only commercial manifestation of this technology. Indeed, as the IDTechEx Research report New Robotics and Drones 2018-2038: Technologies, Forecasts, Players demonstrates, numerous autonomous mobile robots are being commercialized in applications where there is (a) a clear commercial purpose and (b) a more structured and predictable environment.
10 Apr

Comments on Shell Sky Scenario

In its new Sky scenario, Shell says that, between now and 2070, there will need to be a change in consumer mindset so that people choose low-carbon, high-efficiency energy options. A step-change in the efficiency of energy use is needed.
6 Apr

Transparent conductive films and materials: past, present and future

The market for transparent conductive films and materials has been rapidly changing.
29 Mar

Charging conundrum discussed at IDTechEx's EV event in Berlin

The electric vehicle charging infrastructure conundrum will be discussed at Electric Vehicles Everything is Changing, part of the IDTechEx Show!, in Berlin on 11-12 April.
28 Mar

Cells as Factories: The Emergence of New Value Chains

The upcoming IDTechEx Show! in Berlin (11th-12th April) features an array of emerging technologies from 3D printing to sensors used in healthcare.
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