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 Solar Cells, Plastic Recycling, Nitrogen Dioxide Removal, and Machine Learning http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D707-00-86-00-00 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D707-00-86-00-00 This edition of the Inside R&D TOE depicts developments associated with thin-film solar cell material and plastic to fuel. It also focuses on innovations in nitrogen dioxide removal and machine learning. Inside R&D TechVision Opportunity Engine (TOE) covers global innovations that are in research and development in virtually all technology areas. We provide intelligence and insights on innovations spanning a wide variety of industry areas, including automation, electronics, sensors, information and communication technologies, manufacturing, health, wellness, medical devices, pharma, biotechnology, materials, coatings, renewable fuels, automotive, power systems, sustainable energy solutions and innovations that contribute to a cleaner and greener environment. Keywords: Sulfide kesterite solar cell, plastic waste, nitrogen dioxide pollution, machine learning algorithm Fri, 10 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Innovations in Waste Recycling, Robots, Neural Networks, Natural Language Processing, and 3D Printing http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D707-00-83-00-00 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D707-00-83-00-00 This edition of the Inside R&D TOE depicts associated with wood waste recycling and military robots. It also focuses on innovations in neural networks, natural language processing, and 3D printing. Inside R&D TechVision Opportunity Engine (TOE) covers global innovations that are in research and development in virtually all technology areas. We provide intelligence and insights on innovations spanning a wide variety of industry areas, including automation, electronics, sensors, information and communication technologies, manufacturing, health, wellness, medical devices, pharma, biotechnology, materials, coatings, renewable fuels, automotive, power systems, sustainable energy solutions and innovations that contribute to a cleaner and greener environment. Keywords: Natural language processing, NLP, neural networks, military robots, waste recycling Fri, 20 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0100 2018 Outlook on Sustainability Indicators of UK Water Utilities http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=ME04-01-00-00-00 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=ME04-01-00-00-00 Utilities have realised that what was applicable a few decades ago is not relevant to the current situation, as various factors control the operation. It is highly critical for utilities to deliver high-quality water, with no supply interruption while protecting the health and wellness of its customers. Utilities have to work on making informed decisions with a sense of urgency. They face major threats because of climate change, water scarcity, growing global population, availability of fresh water reserves, uncertain economic situations, and so on which need to be addressed for them to perform their functions effectively. Utilities are investing towards making their operations of water supply and wastewater treatment resilient to mitigate the adversities posed by climate change and cope with the increase in population and so on. These challenges will also threaten delivering safe, reliable water along with efficient and affordable services. Utilities are fully aware of these challenges and have invested in sustainability to deliver good-quality water and sanitation.--BEGIN PROMO--

Research Scope

This study provides an outlook of the sustainability of UK’s water utilities.  It covers some of the key sustainability indicators and performance of water utilities with respect to these indicators and solutions to address the issues faced by utilities with case studies. The key themes that have been broadly classified under the following:

  • Protect and promote public health,
  • Provide high-quality, reliable and value-for-money service
  • Response to climate change
  • Reducing environmental impacts. 

The study also encompasses an executive summary indicating the average performance of water utilities in terms of sustainability. It also covers top sustainability trends of UK utilities, followed by top predictions for the year 2018.

Research Highlights

The study also elaborates on some of the critical future challenges that will be faced by utilities. Some of these challenges include climate change and adverse weather events, increase in population, micropollutants, availability of water treatment chemicals due to depleting resources, and water security.  The most important challenge faced by most utilities in the world is climate change. Its implications—drought, flooding, depletion of water quality, and rise of sea level—have been elaborated in the study.

The research not only has information on the performance of water utilities for the last three years but also has case studies and technologies that can be used to improve the performance of these sustainability indicators. For instance, the study provides information on mitigating sewer flooding by providing information on the solutions available, prospects of combined sewer overflow to mitigate flooding, and case studies on green roof management.

The research service covers the Mega Trends that impact the sustainability of UK water utilities. These include innovation to zero, climate change, and smart is the new green. Key growth opportunities include disruptive applications such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and virtual reality. There are many AI and machine learning platforms in the world working across many industries with information on companies that are using AI to address pipe leakage. The study covers examples of water utilities across the world that use virtual reality to perform operation and maintenance of treatment plants.

The study provides a comparison of water utilities with respect to key sustainability indicators. The exhibits also demonstrate how the utilities have performed in the current year (2016–2017) compared to the previous year (2015–2016).

Key Issues Addressed

  • What are the top trends in 2018 influencing the sustainability of UK water utilities?
  • What is the performance of water utilities with respect to drinking water quality?
  • What is the performance of water utilities with respect to water supply interruptions?
  • What are the key growth opportunities for the market participants?
  • What is the quantity of greenhouse gas emitted by utilities in the last three years?

Conclusion

This study will provide an in-depth analysis on key sustainability metrics of UK’s water and wastewater utilities. It will also talk about interesting trends, especially “smart”, that are driving the market. This will aid clients in identifying the right technology or solution to invest in, in order to improve the performance of the sustainability indicators listed in the study. The client can also understand the performance of other utilities in the UK for them to pick up best practices and examples

Mon, 16 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0100
Innovations in Sequential Batch Reactors for Wastewater Treatment, Biochemicals, and Hydrogen Fuel Cells http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D768-00-8C-00-00 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D768-00-8C-00-00 This edition of the Industrial Bioprocessing TOE features trends and innovations in decentralized municipal and industrial wastewater treatment using sequential batch reactor systems. The TOE also focuses on the development of various innovative and sustainable processes that utilize renewable feedstock for the generation of fuels, which can be used in energy applications. Furthermore, the TOE provides intelligence on the use of catalysts for the conversion of carbon dioxide into value added products, which directly results in the reduction of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. The TOE also provides information regarding application of fuel cells in passenger ferries, which results in zero emissions. 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: Decentralized wastewater treatment, sequential batch reactor, hydrogen fuel cells, bimetallic catalysts, torrefaction Fri, 6 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Asia-Pacific Integrated Facilities Management Market, Forecast to 2022 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=P9D7-01-00-00-00 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=P9D7-01-00-00-00 The Asia-Pacific integrated facilities management (IFM) market is witnessing stable growth, primarily supported by rapid growth and development of facilities management (FM) in developing markets, but offset by lower growth in mature markets. High construction activity and booming end-user sectors, coupled with the growing outsourcing culture and acceptance of higher-value IFM proposition among multinational companies (MNCs) and large corporations, are driving rapid growth of the IFM market in developing countries. In mature markets, the continuous demand for IFM via contract renewals and upcoming sectors adopting long-term partnerships with IFM providers are sustaining the market growth and demand. However, with the relatively low awareness among domestic end users, IFM market opportunities are limited to MNCs and large corporations and, to a certain extent, the public sector. The prevalence of single or bundled services as the preferred option among end users and service providers is deterring the development of the IFM market. The market is expected to be driven by sectors that see high participation by MNCs, as these are key adopters of and believers in integrated concept and solutions. Often, the adoption of IFM among MNCs in a sector/country influence and trigger interest among other larger corporations in that particular sector or country market. The commercial segment remains the strongest end-user sector due to the high number of MNCs operating in it and the maturity among its end-users. Key growth opportunities that are observed in the Asia-Pacific IFM market focus on cost efficiency, long-term partnership, service standardization, critical environment, and real-time analytics. The pressure on budgets, together with concerns on cost management and quality, is affecting FM expenditures on facilities. The region also observes a growing need for long-term partnerships in attempts to reduce FM expenditure.--BEGIN PROMO--

Research Scope

This study analyzes the Asia-Pacific IFM market, covering market drivers, restraints, forecasts, trends, and competitive landscape of the overall market. It also analyzes the market by region – Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand, and Japan and South Korea. The timeframe covered by this study is from 2015 to 2022, with 2017 being the base year.

Key Issues Addressed

  • 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?
  • Which are the factors contributing and deterring market development? How do these factors affect the market?
  • How will the structure of the market change with time? Is the market observing consolidation?
  • Are the products offered today meeting customer needs, or is additional development needed?
  • How do competitors operate in the market? Do competitors rely on any form of partnership to deliver the services?
Tue, 3 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0100
Innovations in Food Pathogen Detection, Gut Microbe Study, Water Treatment, Neural Networks, and Carbon Dioxide Capture http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D707-00-80-00-00 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D707-00-80-00-00 This edition of the Inside R&D TOE depicts developments associated with smartphone-based food pathogen detection, gut microbe study, and neural networks. It also focuses on innovations in water treatment and carbon dioxide capture. Inside R&D TechVision Opportunity Engine (TOE) covers global innovations that are in research and development in virtually all technology areas. We provide intelligence and insights on innovations spanning a wide variety of industry areas, including automation, electronics, sensors, information and communication technologies, manufacturing, health, wellness, medical devices, pharma, biotechnology, materials, coatings, renewable fuels, automotive, power systems, sustainable energy solutions and innovations that contribute to a cleaner and greener environment. Keywords: Carbon capture, gut microbiota, hormone contamination, neural networks, food pathogen detection Fri, 29 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Advancements in Marine Propulsion Technologies http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D85A-01-00-00-00 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D85A-01-00-00-00 The global shipping industry alone emits approximately 1000 million tones of (CO2) annually according to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the European Commission. This level is expected to increase by approximately 50% to 250% by the year 2050. IMO has been framing policies and developing capacity building programs to reduce the emission from the shipping industry. IMO has successfully launched regulations aimed at the reduction of nitrogen oxides and sulfur oxides. Significant progress also has been made in implementing them and achieving the reduction process. With the introduction of the maritime regulations which call for a reduction in the emissions from the ships and vessels and the developments in sectors like energy storage and clean energy, the adoption of cleaner propulsion options onboard becomes inevitable. This study focuses on the electrical equipment aiding the vessels to shift to electric propulsion, alternate energy options for vessel operation and propulsion systems operation like fuel cell, battery energy storage and their current stages of adoption. Companies are involved in developing electric and hybrid propulsion solutions for the vessel. Developments in energy storage which enable high power and energy output enable their usage in both power and propulsion applications. It covers global best practices case studies about the vessels which have already started adopting such solutions and the developments in the fuel cells that makes them suitable for marine applications. Fri, 29 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0100 North American Energy Saving and Performance Contracting Market, Forecast to 2024 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=K224-01-00-00-00 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=K224-01-00-00-00 The North American energy saving and performance contracting market is currently in the growth stage and is expected to witness healthy growth between 2017 and 2024. The market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 7.34% between 2017 and 2024. A high rate of growth is due to the government support and policy initiatives toward energy performance contracting and increased emphasis on energy savings across all the verticals in the North American market. HVAC and lighting are the most prominent energy conservation measures (ECM) accounting for 64.6% revenues in 2017. However, due to the operational cost savings achieved through the adoption of energy-efficient lighting, the demand for lighting technology is increasing and is expected to be the lead technology in the near future. Sustainable digital technologies to implement real-time data monitoring are gradually desired by the market and will have a growing presence in the near future. Large equipment manufacturers dominate the market; however, greater level of adoption is seen by contractors and engineering firms to become integrated solution providers for energy contracting. Market trends are analyzed for the study period of 2013 to 2024, with the base year being 2017. This study segments energy contracting market into energy-saving and energy performance contracting. These segments are further analyzed and divided into vertical markets and components offered as part of energy contracting. The vertical market analysis is available with revenue contributions over the study period for commercial & industrial, public housing, healthcare, further education, K-12 Schools, state/municipal, and federal segments. A structure by type of service providers is also available for the overall market. Few tier I companies mentioned in the energy-saving and energy performance contracting market competitive landscape include Johnson Controls, Honeywell, Siemens, Trane, and Ameresco. In addition to the industry challenges and drivers and restraints in the market, this study also highlights certain upcoming trends and technologies in the market. The study also discusses growth opportunities and how participants can capitalize on these emerging opportunities.--BEGIN PROMO--

Key Issues Addressed

  • What is the anticipated growth of the energy saving and energy performance contracting market between 2017 and 2024?
  • Which segment of the market has the largest share? Energy saving or Energy performance contracting?
  • What are the external forces influencing the market growth? How significant is their impact?
  • How do various end users drive the market revenue and what vertical markets will have the largest growth potential over the forecast period?
  • What energy conservation methods will represent the greatest growth potential over the forecast period?
Thu, 28 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0100
Innovations in Waste-to-energy Technologies http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D768-00-8A-00-00 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D768-00-8A-00-00 This edition of the Industrial Bioprocessing TOE features trends and innovations in waste-to-energy systems. The TOE also focuses on development of various innovative gasification systems, which do not require any pre-processing and segregation for the generation of energy from several types of wastes. It also provides intelligence on waste-to-energy technologies based on incineration and automated gasification, which reduces greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and also facilitates self-sustenance of waste-to-energy equipment by using the generated syngas as a source of energy. 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: Waste-to-energy, gasification, syngas, incineration, GHG emissions, landfill Fri, 22 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0100 Innovations in Smart Windows, Biofuels, Waste Recycling, Ophthalmic Products, and Ergonomics http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D707-00-7E-00-00 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D707-00-7E-00-00 This edition of the Inside R&D TOE depicts trends in a series of developments associated with smart windows, biofuels, and construction waste recycling. It also focuses on innovations in ergonomics and 3D printed corneas for transplantation. Inside R&D TechVision Opportunity Engine (TOE) covers global innovations that are in research and development in virtually all technology areas. We provide intelligence and insights on innovations spanning a wide variety of industry areas, including automation, electronics, sensors, information and communication technologies, manufacturing, health, wellness, medical devices, pharma, biotechnology, materials, coatings, renewable fuels, automotive, power systems, sustainable energy solutions and innovations that contribute to a cleaner and greener environment. Keywords: Smart windows, biofuel, construction waste, cornea, transplantation, ophthalmic products Fri, 15 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0100