Frost.com - Environment and Building Technologies Research http://www.frost.com/c/10087/home.do http://www.frost.com/c/10087/home.do - Environment and Building Technologies Research Frost & Sullivan Innovations in Sustainable Waste Management http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D768-00-67-00-00 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D768-00-67-00-00 This edition of the Industrial Bioprocessing TOE features trends and innovations in sustainable waste management. The TOE focuses on various innovative bio-based conversion technologies for biomaterials, bioplastic and combustible fuel manufacturing. The TOE also focuses on high quality protein and biofertilizer production from waste by products. The Industrial Bioprocessing TechVision Opportunity Engine (TOE) provides intelligence on technologies, processes and strategic insights of industries involving bioprocessing, including innovations in the development and production of chemicals, pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, alternative fuels, chemical feedstocks, food and beverages, and consumer products. Keywords: Sustainable waste management, biomaterial, high-quality protein, alternative fuel, plastic waste, bioplastic, toxic industrial waste, biofertilizer Fri, 13 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Innovations in Smart Water Systems http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D768-00-65-00-00 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D768-00-65-00-00 This edition of the Industrial Bioprocessing TOE features innovations in smart water systems. The TOE focuses on various technology innovations in smart water quality monitoring smart water platforms, wastewater treatment, smart meters and smart irrigations systems. The Industrial Bioprocessing TechVision Opportunity Engine (TOE) provides intelligence on technologies, processes and strategic insights of industries involving bioprocessing, including innovations in the development and production of chemicals, pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, alternative fuels, chemical feedstocks, food and beverages, and consumer products. Keywords: Smart water, water quality sensors, ozone polishing system, smart water meter, spectrometer, dosing pumps, smart irrigation, precision agriculture Fri, 29 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Technologies Enabling Zero Energy Buildings http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D7E0-01-00-00-00 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D7E0-01-00-00-00 Zero energy buildings (ZEBs) are those buildings that do not depend on the grid for their own energy needs, They make themselves independent of the grid by improving the energy efficiency and also by depending on onsite renewable energy generation to meet their energy needs. These buildings depend on different solutions and technologies like solar power, geothermal, energy storage, energy management, the building design, components and the architecture itself in order to achieve the zero energy status. The energy efficiency part of the building can be achieved by improving the building design, orientation, the materials used to construct the building and the way these materials prevent the loss of heat and thermal energy or even allow excess radiation resulting in heating of the premises. This can be complemented by the use of more energy efficient loads like efficient lighting and heating and air conditioning options. Geothermal energy can be used in combination with the HVAC systems to achieve efficient thermal systems for the buildings and energy management solutions can be used to enable effective interaction between loads. The energy management solutions help monitor the energy usage, identify areas in buildings that have more losses and devise methods to improve the efficiency of these zones. Thu, 28 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Materials Innovations Transforming 3D Printing http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D7F0-01-00-00-00 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D7F0-01-00-00-00 Building & Construction sector has been dominated by same materials and technologies for ages with hardly any disruptive innovations with regards to material technologies. The current construction techniques lead to a lot of material wastage, takes a lot of time to build as well as creates a lot of pollution. Moreover, these technologies are not viable to build complex and intricate structures. 3D printing has the ability to address a number of issues of the sector such as inability to create structures with precision, material wastage, requirement of more labor etc. The potential of 3D printing for this sector is immense as 3D printing has the ability to create complex and intricate structures. It also enables structures to be created with much less material and labor. Thus, the material and labor cost are minimal resulting in considerable savings. It also reduces carbon dioxide emissions, thus environment friendly.3D Printing also allows the buildings to be printed from any remote location. 3D printing in the building & construction sector is still in the nascent stage as the current 3D printers are not well suited to building large landscape models or buildings. Thus, the development of large scale 3D printers is the key focus presently. Novel technologies in 3D printing are also entering the sector that could revolutionise the entire building & construction industry like BAAM/LSAM. The disruptive potential of 3D printing in the building & construction sector is huge especially in the context of other emerging technologies such as robotics and digital prefabrication. Although some jobs will be done by robots very efficiently but the sector will continue to require skilled engineers and architects as it is extremely difficult to make a robot creative! The advancements in the development of 3D printing materials for the construction industry is still focused on concrete in most of the cases. The research efforts for the development of new materials for 3D printing for the building sector are facing serious hindrances in terms of adoption due to regulation issues. This research service (RS) depicts the current landscape and the new trends in 3D printing and corresponding materials in the building & construction sector. It deeply illustrates the following: the potential of 3D printing in the building & construction sector emerging materials and noteworthy innovations, regional technology development and adoption trends, patent analysis, funding scenario a detailed technology adoption roadmap and a specific focus towards Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM), key examples and the impact of BAAM in the sector Wed, 27 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0100 2017 Global Outlook of the Water Industry http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=MD28-01-00-00-00 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=MD28-01-00-00-00 The demand for sustainable solutions in the municipal segment is driven by huge investments made to build resilient cities across the world. A continual push for circular economy has led to innovation in making the water infrastructure sustainable. Decentralized treatment systems are gaining attention due to their efficiency, cost effectiveness and better reuse capabilities. Water stress, coupled with rapid industrialization, has pushed rapidly growing economies such as India and China to adopt stringent regulations and enforce sustainable technologies to manage water pollution and stress. Implementation of the Internet of Things (IOT) in water and waste water infrastructure has helped in ensuring optimization and efficiency. This has further pushed the demand for smart and sustainable solutions. Key predictions for the municipal water and wastewater segment include sustainability, customer engagement, smart water management, etc., while the growing demand for sustainable solutions, water reuse and zero liquid discharge (ZLD) will drive the water and wastewater market in the industrial segment. The global water market for the year 2017 is estimated to have a revenue of $652.38 billion, with advanced membrane technologies and disinfection techniques getting due attention in the municipal segment. While the municipal segment has exhibited a growth of 3.8% from 2016, the industrial segment has exhibited a growth of 5.7%. Research Scope The study estimates the size of the 2017 Global Outlook for the Water Industry to be $652.38 billion. The predictions for the year 2017 are done with 2016 as the base year. The study highlights key market predictions for 2017 for both industrial and municipal segments. The municipal and industrial water market covers the Total Expenditure (TOTEX) of the following across treatment plants and networks: design and engineering, operation and maintenance, water and wastewater technology, process control management, chemicals. Frost & Sullivan has presented the municipal and industrial water market expenditure forecast for Asia-Pacific (APAC), North America, Europe, Middle East & Africa (MEA) and Latin America. Key market predictions for municipal and industrial segment for each of these regions, in addition to revenue, are presented in the study. The study also encompasses the municipal and industrial technology outlook for various regions and the revenues for technology employed in water treatment, wastewater treatment, sludge management and smart water management. The following are the key questions this study seeks to answer: What are the key market predictions for the global water industry in 2017? What is the revenue of the global water industry in 2017? How has it grown since 2016? What technology is growing and declining in 2017? What are the prospects for advanced treatment technologies and how is it replacing conventional systems? What are the key conclusions of this Global Outlook study of the water industry? Tue, 26 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Innovations in Wastewater Nutrient Recovery http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D7EE-01-00-00-00 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D7EE-01-00-00-00 Industrial and Municipal wastewater should be considered as an important source for the recovery of crucial nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorous and also other micro nutrients like potassium. The recovery of nutrients from wastewater will replace the anthropogenic fertilizers used in agriculture which can reduce the soil fertility and can also have serious implications on human health and environment. Recovery of nutrients will eliminate the possibility of eutrophication in water bodies due to the excess discharge of nutrients. Recovery of nutrients will also reduce the operational and maintenance costs as nutrient recovery involves sludge reclamation which will otherwise result in scaling of equipment. The federal regulations of all countries should also consider stringent effluent discharge permissible limits for total phosphorous and total nitrogen in order to reduce the total maximum daily nutrient load in the effluent streams. Tue, 26 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Innovations in Organ Bio-fabrication, Waste Management, and Artificial Photosynthesis http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D768-00-64-00-00 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D768-00-64-00-00 This edition of the Industrial Bioprocessing TOE profiles innovations in organ bio-fabrication and waste management. The TOE also focuses on various technological innovations in hydrogels for regenerative medicine, supercapacitive materials for energy storage, yeast cultivation, and utilization of carbon dioxide for alternate fuels using an artificial photosynthesis process. The Industrial Bioprocessing TechVision Opportunity Engine (TOE) provides intelligence on technologies, processes and strategic insights of industries involving bioprocessing, including innovations in the development and production of chemicals, pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, alternative fuels, chemical feedstocks, food and beverages, and consumer products. The Chemicals and Advanced Materials cluster tracks research & innovation trends and developments across specialty chemicals, plastics, polymers, chemicals, bio-chemicals, metals, coatings, thin films, surface treatments, composites, alloys, oil and gas, fuel additives, fibers and several other related technologies and its impact and application across industries. Keywords: Organ Bio-fabrication, regenerative medicine, energy storage, artificial photosynthesis Fri, 22 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Innovations in Urban Farming http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D7CF-01-00-00-00 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D7CF-01-00-00-00 Urban farming is the practice of growing, processing, and distributing food and other produce through plant cultivation in and around cities for self consumption or for feeding the local population. Over the last few years, the focus on urban farming has increased considerably due to the large numbers of people moving to the cities, the effects of climate change and the need to sustain food security. The urban farming market is diverse, with multiple farming techniques and various technologies enabling urban farming. The rising demand for food in the urban regions due to the increase in population makes urban farming an important sustaining factor for global food security. The study analyzes the innovations in farming practices and the key technologies enabling urban farming. Thu, 21 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0100 North American Lighting Equipment Market, Forecast to 2023 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=K1F7-01-00-00-00 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=K1F7-01-00-00-00 The North American lighting equipment market is currently in the growth stage and is expected to witness healthy growth between 2016 and 2023. High rate of growth in the LED technology landscape is also tempered by falling revenue in Non-LED applications and falling prices of LED products. Operational cost savings achieved through adoption of energy-efficient lighting technology is increasing the demand, while increased product functionality and supportive regulations further complement the growth of this market. The market will be characterized by prevalence of LED and connected lighting technologies. The market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.7% between 2016 and 2023. Service-focused business models, such as lighting-as-a-service, are expected to dominate the market toward the end of the forecast period. Market trends are analyzed for the study period of 2013 to 2023, with the base year being 2016. This study segments lighting equipment into lamps, ballasts, fixtures, lighting controls and control gear, and lighting management systems. These segments are further analyzed and divided into vertical markets and product types. A distribution channel analysis is also available for the overall market, along with the revenue contributions expected from various channels over the study period. A vertical market analysis is also available with revenue contributions over the study period for commercial, institutional, outdoor/public, residential and industrial segments. Companies mentioned in the lighting equipment market competitive landscape include Acuity Brands, Philips Lighting, Osram Sylvania, GE Lighting among others. In addition to industry challenges and drivers and restraints in the market, this study also highlights certain upcoming technology trends in the market. Market growth and trend analyses are provided. The study also discusses growth opportunities and how participants can capitalize on these emerging opportunities. Key Questions This Study Will Answer What is the anticipated growth of the market between 2016 and 2023? What external forces affect market growth? How significant are their impact? Who are the key market participants? What are their competitive strengths? What are the expected revenue changes in segments such as lamps, ballasts, fixtures, lighting controls, and lighting management systems? What are the key drivers of such changes? What are the trends and changes expected in the distribution channel structure of the market? How do various end-user industries boost lighting equipment revenue? Wed, 20 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Future Proofing Buildings & Construction Sector through Digital Transformation http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-market-insight.do?id=297860462 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-market-insight.do?id=297860462 Global construction market turnover is estimated to reach $10.10 trillion in 2021 and Asia will account for nearly half of that value. For an industry which accounts between 6% and 8% of the global GDP, the pace of technology adoption has been rather slow, thus hampering economic and productivity gains. However, the combination of new mega trends such as urbanization, connectivity & convergence Thu, 14 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0100 North American Municipal Biosolids Market, Forecast to 2021 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=K210-01-00-00-00 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=K210-01-00-00-00 The North American market for biosolids production is expected to grow consistently in the medium to long term. Factors surrounding greater levels of urbanization, population growth, and an increasing acceptance of biosolids products and facilities drive the market. These drivers underpin a greater shift in this industry as wastewater treatment facilities are viewed increasingly as resource recovery centers. Enhanced treatment of sludge byproducts delivers Class B biosolids for land disposal, and even further treatment achieves Class A biosolids, which include fertilizers and artificial soil. These additional treatment processes at wastewater treatment facilities create a more sustainable stewardship of materials, produces new nutrient recovery revenue streams for municipalities, and delivers greater partnerships between municipal waste facilities and its community. The market includes both outsourced biosolids production partners and original equipment manufacturers that supply wastewater treatment facilities with the solutions needed to construct biosolids processing centers onsite. Multiple technologies are deployed in the creation of biosolids, and these technologies can be arranged in a number of ways to deliver Class A and Class B biosolids. While some treatment solutions are mature, the market does see the introduction of new innovations, such as thermal hydrolysis, which delivers strong efficiencies to the digestion process. Competition in this market is strong, with four competitors alone capturing a substantial total market share. While there are many local and regional partners, these four organizations deliver national coverage and have a history of excellence in the North American market. Core competitive factors include pricing, energy efficiency, and performance in high volume processing. This study analyzes the North American biosolids market from 2013 to 2021. The research scope includes: Municipal customers Technologies including digestions, thermal hydrolysis, dewatering, drying, composting, and alkaline treatment, delivered through outsourcing and equipment sales. Breakdowns by country (Canada and the United States) Market drivers and restraints for the 2017 2021 forecast period A competitive landscape analysis Key questions this study will address: Is the market growing, how long will it continue, and at what rate? How will the structure of the market change with time in terms of processing technologies, applications, and competitors? What are the factors critical to growth and what are the main challenges in this market? What are the major current and future industry trends? Wed, 13 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Intelligent Building Advances in the Quick Serve Restaurant Industry http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-market-insight.do?id=297843562 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-market-insight.do?id=297843562 Internet of things (IoT) has revolutionized the way devices operate. From smart home products such as refrigerators and televisions to industrial machineries, IoT has triggered transformation across industries. This innovation has highly impacted the food industry and for quick service restaurants (QSR), a dynamic segment of the food industry, adoption of the technology is growing. Wed, 6 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0100 European Home Automation Systems Market, Forecast to 2022 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=MCE0-01-00-00-00 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=MCE0-01-00-00-00 In the past couple of years, products and services associated with home automation and smart and connected homes have changed the consumer perception on technological innovations. Homes are no longer simply a place for eating, sleeping, and relaxing. Rather, they are being remodelled everyday into a connected and personalised ecosystem of services. Home automation systems (HAS) and solutions have been creating an environment whereby a seamless experience and high comfort levels can be achieved at home, especially in the luxury end of the market. Connectivity and response from establishing user-interactive features are becoming high-impact trends and accelerating growth in home automation. This study describes how the Internet of Things (IoT) has influenced technologies such as near field communication (NFC), wearable technology, and smartphones and the inexorable penetration of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth (which has enabled people to afford smart devices and connect in ways that were never possible earlier) and how it is being remodelled every day into a connected and personalised ecosystem of services. In this study, we have segmented the home automation market based on its scope as hardware and software. Hardware includes home measuring and monitoring devices, home controller units/master hubs and plug and play devices, whereas software includes applications to control and automate home functions. The study includes revenue forecasts by country and region, technology trends, competitive analysis, and identification of growth opportunities in this dynamic market. Amongst the main future trends is voice-over-technology that enables users to interact with the home automation system directly. It can be remodelled using self-learning and artificial intelligence, which is expected to make the HAS experience into a seamless one. With an extraordinary growth projected across Europe in line with the increasing connectivity and convergence, Frost & Sullivan expects this market to continue attracting new entrants with continuous innovation, thereby proving to be a dynamic space with great potential for new and innovative business opportunities. Key questions this study will answer: Is the market growing? How long will it continue to grow, and at what rate? Are the existing competitors structured correctly to meet customer needs? How dynamic is the market? Are there acquisitions? Will there be new entrants from related industries? If so, which industries are likely to enter this domain? What are the emerging technologies impacting the growth of the home automation market? Which countries have the potential to grow during the next five years and what are the regional trends that are currently widespread in each country? What are the different sales distributions channels present in the home automation market? Are they likely to change in the future? Key Companies: Crestron Europe Legrand Loxone Zipato Control4 Wed, 6 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Innovations in Smart Sensors http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D7D7-01-00-00-00 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D7D7-01-00-00-00 A smart sensor comprises a sensing element, an analog to digital converter (ADC), analog interface circuit and bus interface in a single housing. The smart sensors are built with one or numerous smart functionalities such as self-identification, self-testing, self-validation, and self-adaptation. Smart sensors are applicable for sensing temperature, pressure, humidity, image signals, vibration, and other key parameters depending on the nature of application. Smart sensors are attractive due to their ability to provide real-time measurements of complex phenomena and they make decisions on their own leading to diagnosis and corrective measures. Smart sensors have a very wide range of applications in sectors such as consumer electronics, automotive, aerospace and defence, industrial, healthcare, structural health monitoring and home and building automation. Key industries impacted: Building Automation: Lighting and access control, monitoring HVAC systems, tracking machine health status, climate control systems, power monitoring, data centre monitoring, and fire safety Industrial Control: Asset management, process control and monitoring, environmental care, energy management, and equipment health monitoring/condition-based monitoring Military and Defence: Border protection, perimeter protection, battlefield information and real-time situational awareness Consumer Electronics: Smart television, smartphones, tablets, laptops, personal computers and peripherals Healthcare: Managing patients chronic conditions, smart medical device automation, and early prediction of health problems Structural Health Monitoring: Aerospace structures, composites, geo-technique, mining/oil/gas exploration and production, civil engineering structures, and monuments of cultural heritage Automotive: Parking/reverse assist, night vision, lane departure warning, intelligent adaptive cruise control, and driver fatigue monitoring Key questions answered in the technology and innovation report. 1. What is the technology and market dynamics of smart sensors? 2. What are the key enabling technologies? 3. What are the factors that influence development and adoption? 4. Who are the key innovators driving developments? 5. What are the opportunities based on patent and funding trends? 6. What is the smart sensor adoption by region (North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific)? 7. What are the applications enabled by smart sensors? 8. What is the impact of applications enabled by smart sensors? 9. What are some of the key interesting developments? 10. Where do we see growth opportunities in smart sensor technology? 11. What is the nature of competition? 12. What is the impact of megatrends? 13. What sort of strategies companies need to embrace to remain competitive? 14. What are key questions for strategy planning? Tue, 5 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Innovations in Non-thermal Plasma Treatment for Food and Textiles http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D768-00-61-00-00 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D768-00-61-00-00 This edition of the Industrial Bioprocessing TOE profiles trends and innovations in non-thermal plasma treatment for the food and textile industries. The TOE focuses on the applications of non-thermal plasma treatment for decontamination and odor control in the food industry. It also covers recent developments in wastewater treatment in textile industry and improving the performance of cosmeto-textiles using non-thermal plasma treatment. The Industrial Bioprocessing TechVision Opportunity Engine (TOE) provides intelligence on technologies, processes and strategic insights of industries involving bioprocessing, including innovations in the development and production of chemicals, pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, alternative fuels, chemical feedstocks, food and beverages, and consumer products. The Chemicals and Advanced Materials cluster tracks research & innovation trends and developments across specialty chemicals, plastics, polymers, chemicals, bio-chemicals, metals, coatings, thin films, surface treatments, composites, alloys, oil and gas, fuel additives, fibers and several other related technologies and its impact and application across industries. Keywords: Non-thermal plasma treatment, food processing, cosmeto-textiles, textile, wastewater treatment Fri, 1 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0100