This Mobility Technology TOE highlights developments in hydrogen storage in vehicles, cylinder deactivation technology for improved fuel efficiency, inductive wireless charging for smarter roads/lightweight metals, bio-based coating hardeners, and magnesium casting alloy.
Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) can be leveraged to transform the production aspect and future potential of the automotive manufacturing business. Though evolving technologies play a key role in fostering the automotive business, it is crucial that automotive manufacturers stay connected in order to amalgamate different technologies like machine learning, Big Data, sensor data, machine-to-machine communication, and automation. This will make the best use of IIoT, which would in turn result in gaining a competitive edge and open new revenue streams for the auto makers in the market.
This Advanced Manufacturing Technology TOE profiles developments in 3D printing and robotics, such as large scale 3D printing, multi-material 3D printing, 3D printing materials, light robots, and autonomous robots. The Advanced Manufacturing TechVision Opportunity Engine (TOE) covers global innovations and developments related to manufacturing and industrial automation on a weekly basis. Innovations are focused toward improving product traceability, energy efficiency and reducing environmental footprints, integrating product design and manufacturing aspects for reducing time-to-market. Research focus areas include rapid prototyping (additive manufacturing), lightweighting (multimaterial joining, plastics and metals manufacturing, carbon fiber-based composite manufacturing), smart robotics (agile robots, consumer robots, swarm robotics, cobots), monitoring and control (wireless control networks, human machine interface), and simulation and modeling (design and simulation software). The Advanced Manufacturing and Automation (AMA) Cluster covers technologies that enable clean, lean and flexible manufacturing and industrial automation. Technologies such as three-dimensional (3D) and four-dimensional (4D) printing, wireless sensors and networks, information and communication technology, multimaterial joining, composites manufacturing, digital manufacturing, micro- and nano-manufacturing, lasers, advanced software, and printing techniques, are covered as part of this cluster. The technologies covered here impact a wide range of industries, such as the impact semiconductor, automotive and transportation, aerospace and defense, industrial, healthcare, logistics, and electronics industries.
This month’s Oil and Gas TOE profiles innovations on digitalization solutions in reservoir monitoring, pipeline monitoring, hydraulic fracturing, and drilling fluids that enable cost reduction and efficiency improvement in oil and gas industry. The TOE further covers membrane technologies that improve quality of water used in the oil and gas industry and enable waste water reuse. The Oil and Gas TechVision Opportunity Engine (TOE) provides intelligence on innovations pertaining to technologies, products, and processes, along with strategic insights, in the upstream and downstream processes in the oil and gas industry. The Energy and Utilities cluster provides global insights and intelligence on a wide variety of disruptive emerging technologies and platforms ranging from energy storage, advanced batteries, solar and wind energy, to unconventional oil, bioenergy, geothermal energy, and energy transmission.
This Mobility Technology TOE profiles innovations in zero emission catalytic burners, radar for vehicle localization, ship energy storage, diesel hybrid powertrains, non-halogen foam, fiver-reinforced plastics, deep neural networks, and automotive predictive analytics.
This edition of the Energy and Power Systems TOE profiles innovations in impact-resistant lithium-ion battery, boosting capacity for lithium-ion battery, bearing supports that can improve wind turbine performance, and low-cost fuel cell. The TOE also discusses on software to manage data in geothermal industry, a next-generation fuel cell system, a fast-charging solid-state battery, and wind turbine using gravity-based foundation. The TOE further explains Improved efficiency of organic solar cells and lithium-ion battery using niobium tungsten oxides.
Increasing urbanization and rise in demand for urban and intercity mobility have resulted in growing need for energy efficient transportation solutions. There will be more than 20 mega regions around the globe that open up avenues for smart and integrated transportation by 2025. Urbanization and congestion trends are prevalent more in developed regions as the rate of urbanization is expected to increase to 80.4 % by 2025. Development of High Speed Rail network has demonstrated success in terms providing energy efficient inter city transportation solutions and reducing congestion in many countries. This study examines HSR development models in five major economies including Japan, China, South Korea, Taiwan, and Spain. Specifically, key purpose and functions of HSR network, challenges, economic impact of these projects, key lessons in project design, financing and implementation aspects are evaluated.
Significant breakthroughs in coating technologies toward their application in personal care, food and beverages packaging are seen to be driving the advanced coatings and surface technologies business. Developments in coatings with reduced viscosity and low VOC (volatile organic compound) content for applications in products which are to be used extensively are the key to drive environmental challenges. Coatings that are recyclable and reduce the consumption of raw materials such as aluminum films are gaining importance. Further, developing coatings for preventing the growth and accumulation of harmful microorganisms is a key research focus. Also, the development of bisphenol-A (BPA)-free coatings is gaining prominence due to growing concerns among consumers about the ill effects on health and due to stricter government regulations. The innovations profiled in this issue of Advanced Coating & Surface Technology TOE are recent research innovations that are focused toward sustainability in advanced coatings and surface technologies.
This Oil and Gas TOE profiles innovations in smart wearables, digital twins, extraction efficiency, and virtual reality for the oil and gas industry. The TOE also focuses on pipeline monitoring and leak detection as well as safer drilling tools. The TOE further covers digitalization solutions that help improve the operational efficiency and reduce downtime for oil and gas engineers such as Industry 4.0 technologies and augmented reality. The Oil and Gas TechVision Opportunity Engine (TOE) provides intelligence on innovations pertaining to technologies, products, and processes, along with strategic insights, in the upstream and downstream processes in the oil and gas industry. The Energy and Utilities cluster provides global insights and intelligence on a wide variety of disruptive emerging technologies and platforms ranging from energy storage, advanced batteries, solar and wind energy, to unconventional oil, bioenergy, geothermal energy, and energy transmission. Keywords: Leak monitoring, nuclear magnetic resonance, digital twin, rotary steerable system, methane detection, microbots, horizontal directional drilling