Frost.com - Environmental Research http://www.frost.com/c/10229/home.do http://www.frost.com/c/10229/home.do - Environmental Research Frost & Sullivan Innovations in Wastewater Treatment, Catalysts, and Sustainable Compounds http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D768-00-A5-00-00 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D768-00-A5-00-00 This edition of the Industrial Bioprocessing TOE features trends and innovations in wastewater treatment and in the production of value added chemicals from sustainable raw materials. The TOE also focuses on the development of various cost-effective processes that can simultaneously enable high-quality wastewater treatment and renewable energy generation. The TOE also talks about the implementation of cost-effective ceramic membranes used in membrane biological reactors for the efficient treatment of industrial and municipal wastewater. Additionally, the TOE also talks about sustainable processes that can convert pine needles from Christmas trees in to value added chemicals. Furthermore, the TOE provides intelligence on the use of water resistant catalysts for increasing selectivity and conversion of organic compounds into value added chemicals. 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: Deammonification, membrane biological reactors, electrochemical oxidation, biogas valorization, polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) removal Fri, 4 Jan 2019 00:00:00 +0000 Technology Convergence Enabling Agriculture 2.0 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D87E-01-00-00-00 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D87E-01-00-00-00 The growing demand for high quality agricultural output for the rising population needs to be met with improvisations in the current agricultural practices. Therefore, utilization of updated precision agricultural practices which enhances the decision making system of the farmers needs to be adopted so as to increase the productivity yield per unit area of the agricultural field. Precision Agricultural practices can also be enhanced by the convergence of various technologies including vertical farming, crop sensors, equipment telematics, synthetic biology, enhanced efficiency fertilizers, integrated pest management and agricultural robots. These technologies enhance the decision support system of precision farming which in turn helps the farmers in improvising the farm management ability. Innovative agricultural technologies facilitate the reduction in the amount of water and fertilizers utilized which decreases the operational expenditures and increases the return ofn investment even for small scale farmers. The research study has identified the utilization of futuristic technologies and innovations that will enable the optimization of input parameters associated with current agricultural practices. The research service also offers insights on impact of Precision Agricultural techniques and other key innovations which are converging with various other technologies to enable Agriculture 2.0. Mon, 31 Dec 2018 00:00:00 +0000 Breakthrough Innovations in Radioactive Waste Management http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D882-01-00-00-00 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D882-01-00-00-00 The application of nuclear fission technology typically in nuclear power generation, produces a by-product that is called as radioactive waste. The produced waste has to be managed properly to ensure minimal impact on the environment and to prevent it from harming human beings. Public and private companies are extremely concerned in improving radioactive waste management. This can be seen through series of breakthrough innovations. Governments have also helped by providing funds to researches in radioactive waste management. Thus, this research service discusses on Breakthrough Innovations in Radioactive Waste Management and summarizes important innovations related to radioactive waste management. Mon, 31 Dec 2018 00:00:00 +0000 Alternate to Plastics: Emerging Technology Assessment http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D811-01-00-00-00 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D811-01-00-00-00 Piling up of millions of tons of plastics in landfills and other suitable environment results in the release of harmful contaminants in to the soil and groundwater. Leaching of hazardous contaminants in to the soil reduces the fertility of the soil required for agriculture and excessive seepage of leachates also spoils the quality of groundwater. This increases soil and groundwater toxicity, which makes it unsuitable for any human activity. Burning of plastics also releases toxic fumes in to the surrounding environment and this leads to rapid air pollution. Inhalation of poisonous chemicals and other green house gases emitted during air pollution results in the deterioration of human and animal health. The toxic emissions can be suffocative, choking and can also cause several respiratory disorders in humans. Global stakeholders are involved in finding sustainable alternatives for plastics but the efforts so far are facing challenges because of cost and performance of alternate material. The new and innovative production processes profiled in the report eliminate many energy intensive intermediate steps that can otherwise increase the operational expenditure of bioplastics production. The new technologies involved also maintain the recyclable, compostable, and biodegradable properties of the materials used in bioplastics production. The research study has identified the utilization of futuristic processes and sustainable raw materials that will enable the manufacture of bio-based plastics,, which can efficiently replace the synthetic counterparts. The research service offers insights primarily on the following: Overview on the impact of plastics on human health and environment Global regulatory frameworks Technical drivers and challenges for plastic alternates Emerging technologies focusing on sustainable alternatives for plastic Analysis of innovations ecosystem Analysis and recommendations Sun, 30 Dec 2018 00:00:00 +0000 Distributed Energy: Impact of Blockchain on Energy Trading http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D87D-01-00-00-00 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D87D-01-00-00-00 The recent trends in the energy industry such as the rise in prosumerism and increasing deployment of smart meters has resulted in better data analytics, storage and communication solutions to the energy industry. These factors have enabled the conventional end users to take part in energy transactions in the form of supporting the grid during peak hours and help maintain the stability. This highly distributed energy scenario has its challenges in the form of monitoring and controlling every energy transaction made. These challenges call for better solutions to keep track of the energy exported into the grid and also in helping the transacting bodies reach consensus regarding the amount of power exported. Blockchain is a distributed, digital data ledger that enables the storage of digital transaction in a secure and highly transparent manner. It provides a decentralized control and enabling visibility to every party involved. As each transaction is visible and each transaction or block is linked to the previous transaction or block, the chain provides clear information about the transactions, including the times at which they occurred. Each of this block is entered only if a particular set of user defined conditions are met. Adoption of blockchain in energy sector has potential to empower the end user with better visibility over the transaction and help them understand the revenue generation model. This is expected to encourage the participation of more prosumers, enabling a highly distributed energy scenario in a more controlled and secure manner. Sun, 30 Dec 2018 00:00:00 +0000 Microbiome Technologies Fueling Human Health and Wellness http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D88D-01-00-00-00 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D88D-01-00-00-00 This research service encompasses microbiome technology trends and emerging innovations across: Disease Management This research segment explores the emerging role of microbiome-based therapeutics across a wide range of diseases, especially in the context of gastro-intestinal health, while providing strategic insights across the highly dynamic competitive landscape Food & Beverages This research segment evaluates the role of microbiome technologies fueling improving F&B products, while providing an analysis of the innovative and evolving F&B landscape Personal Care Microbiome technologies has had a significant impact across the global skincare industry, and this research segment analysis the key technologies impacting the personal care space, while highlighting some of the key industry participants across each technology segment. Indoor Air Quality This is the newest sector to have been impacted by developments across the microbiome landscape. This research service evaluates some of the key developments fueling to enhance the microbiome balance within indoor settings. Thu, 27 Dec 2018 00:00:00 +0000 Sustainability Trends Benchmarking of Global Automotive Companies http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D898-01-00-00-00 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D898-01-00-00-00 Over the past decade, the topic of sustainable development has gained importance across various sectors. The development of this topic has been driven by increasingly stringent regulations in different industry sectors, higher potentials for product diversification and increased public awareness. In the automotive industry, which is in the focus of this research study, sustainable development is of particular importance. Stakeholders of this industry need to not only comply with environmental standards and meet societal requirements, but also maintain a competitive edge in a rapidly-changing business environment characterized by fluctuating customer demands, new legislations and stiff competition. Major global automotive companies have been constantly developing and adopting novel sustainability strategies and tools in order to improve its overall sustainability performance. This research service offers insights on the following: Profiling and benchmarking of various sustainability strategies developed and adopted by global companies in automotive sector Overview of sustainability measurement index/tool developed by various companies Key sustainability targets set by the companies and its focus areas of development A snapshot of the companies alignment towards United Nations Sustainability Development Goals (SDG) Key product development activities related to sustainable development A snapshot of sustainability certifications, standards and other recognitions received by various companies Thu, 27 Dec 2018 00:00:00 +0000 Innovations in Water Treatment, Desalination, and Biofuel Production http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D768-00-A2-00-00 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D768-00-A2-00-00 This edition of the Industrial Bioprocessing TOE features trends and innovations in production of a tubular photobioreactor (PBR) for algae-biomass cultivation, and soot-reducing biofuels and fuel additives. The TOE also focuses on developments in water treatment technologies, such as a low-cost high-performance thin-film composite forward osmosis membrane, a biomimetic nanocoagulant for single-stage water treatment, and a wave-powered desalination system. 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: Photobioreactor, forward osmosis membrane, glycerol carbonate, biomimetic nanocoagulant, wave-powered desalination Fri, 7 Dec 2018 00:00:00 +0000 Innovations in Cell Culture, Bio-treatment of Wastes, Smart Biomaterials, Renewable Energy Generation, and Microbiome Search Engines http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D768-00-A1-00-00 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D768-00-A1-00-00 This edition of the Industrial Bioprocessing TOE features trends and innovations in cell culture, waste water treatment and sustainable bioelectricity. The TOE also focuses on the impact of Big Data and 3D printing in industrial bioprocessing. 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: Cell culture, biopharmaceutical, waste water, phototrophic, hydrogel, nanofiller, 3D printing, alginate, nanoribbon, nanobionic, cyanobacteria, microbiome, Big Data Fri, 30 Nov 2018 00:00:00 +0000 Recent Developments in Bioplastics, Biofuels, Sustainable Aerogels, and Biocompatible Materials http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D768-00-A0-00-00 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D768-00-A0-00-00 This edition of the Industrial Bioprocessing TOE features trends and innovations that enable large scale production of bioplastics and biocompatible materials. The TOE also focuses on development of various innovative and sustainable processes that enable utilization of waste (including human excrement, plastic waste, and sewage) for converting it into fuel, energy, and other green 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: Aerogels, plastic waste, PET bottles, hydrothermal carbonization, hydrochar, purple phototrophic bacteria, dental fillings, biocompatible materials Fri, 23 Nov 2018 00:00:00 +0000