The emergence of blockchain and its acceptance among industries has resulted in a paradigm shift from the present centralized architecture to a more decentralized alternative. A number of start-ups in the energy sector are increasingly investing in blockchain technology.
This paper provides an overview of the technology landscape of blockchain and use-cases in the energy sector. It also discusses the evolution of blockchain, its adoption across various energy domains, and benefits and challenges associated with the implementation of a blockchain energy ecosystem.
Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), also known as Industry 4.0 or Industrial Internet, is a smart network of machines, advanced analytics and people that enables the monitoring, collection, exchange, analysing, and delivering of valuable data to help drive smarter and faster business decisions. This paper examines the growing applicability of IIoT in the Oil and Gas industry, and also lays out the cost-benefits of moving from a conventional method to a more enabled data driven platform.
3D printing has the potential to revolutionize product development, and manufacturing in healthcare domain. It is on the verge of fulfilling the promise of personalized/ customized device or drug, a concept that is extensively being explored within the industry. The innovations in this technology are set to improve patient care and the treatment of illnesses. This paper discusses the various ways in which drug discovery can be benefitted by 3D printing technology. We also discuss the potential innovation in supply chain systems in the life sciences industry.
Technology advancements, information accessibility and the increase in consumer interest towards nutrition and wellness have led to a new category of products and services in the form of “Personalized Nutrition”. Brands are investing capital and resources to develop innovative solutions to remain relevant and consistent in the ever-changing market. This paper examines some of the solution formats in personalized nutrition, and potential approaches that food & nutrition players can take to move in this direction.
Smart materials react to changes in external stimulus such as stress, temperature, moisture, pH, magnetic & electric field, light, pressure etc. Increasing technological advancements have resulted in increased use of developed materials rather than conventional materials such as polymers, metal, and glass. Increasing number of end user applications for the smart materials suggest an upward trend in the smart materials market. This paper evaluates different industries from the perspective of potential opportunity and application areas for smart materials.
The electric vehicle (EV) revolution is picking up the pace, with countries like the UK and France mandating deadlines to phase out petrol and diesel engine cars. This tremendous shift in the mobility industry is also a massive opportunity for companies in chemicals & materials industry. This paper examines the opportunities for chemicals & materials companies across different dimensions such as: battery raw materials, cathode & anode active materials, cooling fluids / thermal management system, polymers, etc.
The increasing demand for oil and gas has led to a continuous exploration in deep sea. With the pressure rising to several hundred psi, corrosive environment around and the challenges encountered in transporting heavy parts and components have meant that there is increasingly a need of superior alternatives to steel in tubular applications. This paper discusses the trend of composites as potential alternative to the conventional steel used in tubular applications like pipelines, risers and drill pipes in the offshore oil and gas industry. The unmatched advantages of doing so are; less frequent repairs, huge cost on savings and ease of transportation and handling. Regardless of the advantages that it brings, there are barriers like high fabrication costs and limited industry expertise that need to be overcome.
The demand for clean labels has grown due to a rise in consumers’ demand for transparency of the ingredients present in a packaged food product. This paper investigates claims and definitions associated with clean-labeled products which include minimally processed products, no artificial ingredients, non-GMO, fair trade/ethically sourced, and no chemical sounding names.
The term Microbiome represents the entire microbial population in human gut. This paper focuses on microbiome population in human gut and its effect on human health, research trends and how companies are approaching to meet the consumers demand for healthy products such as prebiotics and probiotics.
The aging population can hit the worldwide economy in numerous ways due to the expanding demand of health care services for a longer life. Treatment of chronic illnesses including cardiovascular diseases and cancer devours 70% of all direct health care costs. The projected costs of care including social care for the growing number of individuals with dementia, neurodegenerative disorders are intimidating. This is an increasing concern among both developed and developing nations. This paper centers around the complications in terms of comorbidity, chronic diseases and lack of clinical studies including aged population and the impact on the economy. Innovations by various entities to cater for the aging population are also discussed.
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