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SAMPLE TECHNOLOGY INSIGHTS

White papers on a variety of technology topics and Industries.

 
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Supercharging Solar Cells

Global energy demand is increasing. Satisfying this rising demand using fossil fuels exclusively is neither sustainable nor feasible. There has been an abundance of research focused on how to meet a portion of this demand using renewable energy sources. Silicon solar cells have decreased in cost and can now produce electricity for less than $0.068/kWh (PV Magazine, June 2020). However, silicon remains inefficient at converting light into electricity. In order to mitigate this problem, companies are developing highly efficient solar cells based on new materials, though the price of these remains very high.

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Bringing Medtech into the Future

Medical technologies (MedTech) encompass a large variety of treatment, diagnosis, monitoring, and care solutions which aim to solve health problems, improve quality of life, and improve healthcare. This rapidly evolving market is partially driven by changing disease prevalence, novel healthcare models, precision medicine, and minimally invasive surgery. Technological advancements are however the main driver behind innovation and disruption. To futureproof their business, MedTech players are capitalising on emerging technologies that enable better diagnosis, treatment, monitoring, and data analytics. In this insight, we unravel the top 16 MedTech segments that contribute to over 85% of the current market and have high projected growth rates (i.e., over 3%).

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Artificial Intelligence for Increased Drug Discovery

Increased drug development costs and reduced ROI pose a threat to pharma. Certain emerging technologies have the potential to increase drug development and manufacturing efficiency. Artificial intelligence (AI) has been promised to be an incredible tool to enhance multiple aspects of healthcare, especially drug discovery, and Pharma companies are investing in AI. But can it deliver? Despite initial scepticism, the healthcare AI market is said (pre-pandemic) to grow to $8 billion by 2021, mainly driven by applications in drug discovery.

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Solar Concentrators

While silicon remains the most widely used solar cell material due to its low cost, it is inherently inefficient when converting solar energy to electricity with the maximum theoretical efficiency of only 30%. However, measures can be taken to improve the efficiency and, in some cases, even exceed the theoretical limit. One method of doing so is to use a competitively priced 'add-on' component, affixed directly to the solar cell, which increases the solar energy-to-electricity conversion ratio without increasing the $/W significantly. In this paper we discuss the use of 'solar concentrators' - which are 'add-on' components that increase the amount of sunlight striking the panel.

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LiDAR-based 3D Roadmapping

In 2016, the World Health Organisation reported that the total number of road traffic deaths worldwide had plateaued at 1.25 million per year.  At the same time, in the UK alone, the number of road casualties reached 186,209 and “driver error or reaction” had been listed by the police as a factor in more than 65 per cent of fatal crashes. Cycles of innovation initiated in the public and private sectors since the 1990s propelled the advent of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) in the 2000s. Although they have helped to reduce the number of road accidents, ADAS do not fully address the problem as over 90% of them come from human failure.

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Future Applications of Natural Language Processing

Natural Language Processing is a rapidly expanding field which revolutionised the way people access required information, communicate with each other and with electronic devices, protect their inboxes from spam messages, detect plagiarism, evaluate customer opinions for building market forecasts and many more. Various NLP-based applications became inseparable components of our everyday lives. Constant decrease in the computational cost and increase in the amount information available for processing leads to further commercial growth of this area and a larger diversity of products that rely on human language understanding.

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Where to Innovate in the Solar Cell Manufacturing Value Chain

In order to meet future energy demands, the race is on to develop renewable, efficient and low-cost energy sources. Currently, silicon solar cells produce electricity at a cost of 0.4$/W, which is forecast to decrease further as new technologies are implemented. One way to improve cost effectiveness of silicon solar cells is to make them more efficient at absorbing light. This can be achieved through additive manufacturing whereby an add-on component is incorporated into the solar cell. In this paper, we discuss the merits and flaws of various add-on components that have emerged over the past years, namely multijunction solar cells, perovskite solar cells, microtextured solar cells, solar concentrators and 3D printed optics layers.

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