Which rising technology companies will shape 2013?

Emerging technology research firm, Lux Research has released its annual prediction for the top ten technology companies that it thinks will shape the landscape of society in 2013
 Companies cover bio-fuels, flexible electronics & EVs

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To compile its list, Lux Research has profiled almost 1,400 companies from every corner of the globe and gauged them across 15 different emerging technology domains in 2012.

Lux’s analysts scored each against a 10-metric scorecard, while providing critical analysis of their prospects.

Beta Renewables – Alternative fuels, bio-based materials and chemicals:All eyes will be on Beta’s commercial cellulosic ethanol facility in Italy in 2013; can it ramp up on-time and on budget? Or will the cellulosic ethanol industry continue its disappointing slide?

Materials Innovation Technologies (MIT) – Advanced materials:Leading auto-OEMs are heavily investing in carbon-fibre cost reduction to make lighter vehicles, but for higher-volume use efficient and economic end-of-life recycling processes will be critical – MIT is a leader in this space and already boasts a slew of development partners

N-Solv – Exploration and production:With a warm-solvent based heavy oil extraction methodology that promises water and CO2 saving over traditional methods, backing by energy giant Enbridge and a pilot facility with Suncor, N-Solv has the potential to attract a suite of suitors or licensing partners in 2013

Imprint Energy – Printed, flexible and organic electronics:Imprint Energy develops solution processed rechargeable zinc batteries with a credible roadmap for lower cost and higher performance than competitive thin-film battery technologies, potentially helping make applications like powered smart cards a reality

Phosphagenics – Formulation and delivery:This start-up develops a trans-dermal delivery platform; adding to its rapidly expanding consumer business and progress in equine supplements, Phosphagenics’ first serious pharma product is slated to enter pivotal trails in 2013

Azzurro Semiconductors – Energy electronics:An early innovator in gallium nitride (GaN) on silicon substrates has started industrial-scale manufacturing of six-inch diameter wafers that can boost the efficiency of both LEDs and power electronics, and has forged fruitful collaborations with Epistar and Osram Opto Semiconductors

Enbala Power Networks – Grid storage, efficient building systems:The frequency regulation compensation ruling in US FERC Order 755 will place a higher value on Enbala’s grid optimisation and demand management capabilities in 2013; it can address ancillary services markets at a cost significantly less than that of most grid storage systems

Boulder Ionics – Electric vehicles:Ionic liquids could enhance performance in both batteries and supercapacitors; 2013 will be critical to monitor whether Boulder’s low cost solution lives up the hype

Silevo – Solar components, solar systems:By utilising electroplated copper contacts and a thin amorphous silicon layer on its crystalline silicon cells, Silevo has a module efficiency of 17.8 percent, with a viable roadmap to higher efficiency at competitive costs; look for it to compete with the likes of Sunpower as it scales production

Desalitech – Water:Desalitech improves the efficiency of reverse osmosis desalination by lowering membrane feed pressure, eliminating the needs for energy-recovery devices and improving water recovery; a second round of funding effort in 2013 could see the company through to profitability

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