Intelligent Traffic Systems and V2X Communication – If Cars Could Talk


Cassidy Shell
High-speed, widespread coverage of cellular networks and WiFi along with the proliferation of IoT devices has ushered in a new era of communication: connecting devices with each other and their surrounding infrastructure, or Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communication. In the context of transportation, this trend will enable the widespread adoption of Intelligent Traffic Systems (ITS) and support the development of Level 5 autonomous vehicles.When applied to Intelligent Traffic Systems (ITS), M2M communication includes:Vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V)Vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I)Vehicle-to-network (V2N)Vehicle-to-pedestrian (V2P) communication.Collectively, these technologies are referred... Read More »

Maritime Shipping – Sector Watch 9 August 2019


Cassidy Shell
Once considered slow-moving and outdated, the maritime shipping industry has experienced a recent influx of digitization and the implementation of new technologies, including autonomous ships, blockchain, drones and geospatial analytics. According to the 2018 Review of Maritime Transport, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) considers technological advances and efforts to curb the industry’s carbon footprint two of the key trends shaping the future of the maritime shipping industry.AttractivenessShips are powered by heavy fuel oil, the most polluting... Read More »

EV Charging: Software and Grid Services


Cassidy Shell
Vehicle-to-grid, or V2G, is becoming a buzzword in the electric vehicle (EV) charging industry with 50 V2G projects  around the world trying to figure out how to make it work for all participants - EV owners, utilities, auto OEMs and EV charging developers. V2G technology involves communication between EV chargers and the power grid to delay charging and/or dispatch stored electricity back to the grid, providing demand response and frequency regulation services. This effectively turns EV batteries into an energy... Read More »

Urban Air Mobility – Sector Watch 28 June 2019


Cassidy Shell
Urban Air Mobility (UAM) is the movement of air passengers and cargo in an urban space using, mostly electric, Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) aircraft and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). This sector of mobility currently has 70+ manufacturers, including Boeing, Airbus and Bell Helicopters, as well as other major mobility and e-commerce players, including Uber and Amazon. Attractiveness The interest in this sector lies in its ability to reduce travel and delivery times, reduce transport costs (particularly in the transportation... Read More »

Could Methanol Become an Important Fuel for Energy and Mobility?


Louis Brasington
With a global demand of more than 80 million metric tons and a growth rate of 5.4%, methanol is gaining acceptance. The market is projected to be worth $54 billion by 2021. Its uses vary greatly – from adhesives and PET bottles to fleece jackets, packaging, paints and solvents. A key application is the energy market. China alone, as the largest producer and consumer, accounts for 54% of world demand. Alongside oil, gas and hydrogen, methanol is an important fuel... Read More »

How Digitization is Transforming Logistics Services


Leo Zhang
The increasing volume of global trades will put more pressure on the existing supply chain, with the logistics services sector estimated to reach a value of $16,445 billion by 2026 with a CAGR of 7.4%. A confluence of forces – Amazon and Alibaba, electrification and sustainability, autonomy and robotics, among others – are changing the logistics industry to become more resource efficient, faster, and responsive to customer needs. Digitization is a key enabler. Get additional insight into the latest trends... Read More »

China and Cleantech in 2019: The Innovation Ecosystem and Paths to Market Entrance


Leo Zhang
Our recent Next-Gen Energy & Cross-Border Innovation Summit in Nanjing looked at cleantech investment trends, market dynamics and commercialization opportunities in China. This was our ninth event in China and a focal point of our efforts to guide and connect western innovation companies to Chinese partners and customers. Here, you’ll find insights into power, energy and mobility, as well as pointers on market entrance from the summit. China's cleantech lay of the land China’s market potential is perhaps the biggest... Read More »

Blockchain in Energy & Mobility: A report from the scale-up frontlines


Jules Besnainou
Last month, we held our second executive summit on blockchain in New York. Like last year, leading corporate executives gathered to meet some of the most promising innovators in the space. But the state of play has changed radically over the year, and so has the mood. Last November was full of hype, in the middle of the peak ICO wave. 2018 had a crisp “rubber hits the road” flavor. This was echoed in the rich content planned for the... Read More »

Driving to the Future: How Autonomous Vehicles are Changing the Automotive Landscape


Leo Zhang
Safety first. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 94% of US traffic accidents are caused by human errors. Removing the human in human error will go a long way toward eliminating traffic accidents. The challenge: moving from driver assistance to full automation will take time, investment, and a lot of testing. Getting there will be a combination of hardware sensors and software algorithms to process the data and make decisions, hopefully better and faster than humans and with... Read More »

Infinite Drivetime: Talking Solar Cars With Lightyear


Louis Brasington
Solar-powered cars have been mostly experimental vehicles trying to break records at competitions like the World Solar Challenge in Australia. On the commercial side, the efforts have tended toward Solar Assisted Electric Vehicles (SAEVs). These vehicles have proven impractical and expensive, providing nothing more than small incremental gains to mileage. Ford and Toyota have had shots at products and to date, no system has managed to gain traction. With the coming of low cost-efficient solar cells alongside the transformation of... Read More »