Our Innovation Analysts recently looked into emerging technologies and up-and-coming startups working on solutions for the engineering sector. As there is a large number of startups working on a wide variety of solutions, we want to share our insights with you. This time, we are taking a look at 5 promising Carbon Nanotube startups.
Heat Map: 5 Top Carbon Nanotube Startups
Using our StartUs Insights Platform, covering 1.116.000+ startups & emerging companies, we looked at innovation in the field of carbon nanotubes. For this research, we identified 140 relevant solutions and picked 5 to showcase below. These companies were chosen based on a data-driven startup scouting approach, taking into account factors such as location, founding year, and technology among others. Depending on your specific criteria, the top picks might look entirely different.
The Global Startup Heat Map below highlights 5 startups & emerging companies developing carbon nanotube solutions. Moreover, the Heat Map reveals regions that observe a high startup activity and illustrates the geographic distribution of all 140 companies we analyzed for this specific topic.
Chasm – Electrochemical Sensors
Electrochemical sensors provide a quantitative analysis of chemical reactions that makes them an integral component for many different application areas such as biomedicine and environmental monitoring. Today, startups and manufacturers create solutions that improve the cost-to-performance ratio and efficiency of these sensors.
The US-based startup Chasm develops and manufactures printed electrochemical sensors that use single-walled carbon nanotubes. Their semiconducting, printable, carbon nanotube-based ink enables low-cost production of sensors at large scales. The startup offers products for mobile devices, vehicles, appliances, and machines of all kinds.
3D Strong – Modified Carbon Nanotube-Based Additive Materials
Manufacturers usually employ additive materials in their production process for several reasons: to increase the strength of base materials or to reduce the overall weight. It is currently not possible to effectively apply additive materials in modern 3D printing techniques. Combining conventional materials with carbon nanotubes, however, allows for more robust 3D printing materials.
Latvian startup 3DStrong is a manufacturer of additive materials for 3D printing. Their additives make use of carbon nanotubes that provide increased durability, electrical conductivity, mechanical strength, and flexibility for 3D printing materials and, in turn, for 3D printed products.
Nano RAY-T – Carbon Nanotube-Enhanced Batteries
Battery technology regularly evolves to achieve a greater charge capacity with a smaller form factor, while maintaining structural integrity. Newly-developed carbon nanotube-based batteries can maintain up to twice the charge of a traditional lithium-ion battery, which is highly beneficial for future applications in 5G and mobile computing, among others.
Nano RAY-T, a startup based in Latvia, provides a technology platform for carbon nanotubes manufacturing. Their platform integrates or grows carbon nanotubes on both conductive and non-conductive substrates. High purity and stable characteristics of their carbon nanotubes create an ideal material for use in multiple applications such as electric vehicles, energy storage, military equipment, and more.
NOVASOLIX – Nanoscale Solar
Renewable energy is growing in demand as companies, governments, and people begin to understand the benefits of renewable energy. Most modern photovoltaic-based energy harvesting systems have a very low percentage of energy absorption that reduces its cost-to-performance ratio. Startups are building better photovoltaic energy harvesting systems to pave the path for solar energy to become a staple in the energy industry.
The US-based startup NOVASOLIX is a specialist manufacturer of nanoscale technologies. Their carbon nanotube antenna harnesses up to 90% of the energy from the sun by using smaller sizes to match the wavelength of sunlight. The true cost-benefit of this solution is observed when it is deployed in large-scale photovoltaic power plants.
NoPo Technologies – Structural Health Monitoring
Constantly monitoring the health and stability of large infrastructure is essential for its long-term maintenance and sustainability. The costs associated with structural health monitoring increase when factors like multi-directional sensing and flexibility of installations come into consideration. The use of carbon nanotube strain sensors intends to reduce the impact of these factors.
The main solutions of the Indian startup NaPo Technologies include a carbon fiber-based strain sensor, which provides real-time high-resolution health monitoring data, as well as HiPCO single-walled carbon nanotubes for use in sectors ranging from water separation to spacecraft protection. The startup also develops carbon nanotubes for super-black coatings, strength enhancement in fiber composites, molecular membranes, and lightning protection.
What About The Other 135 Solutions?
While we believe data is key to creating insights it can be easy to be overwhelmed by it. Our ambition is to create a comprehensive overview and provide actionable innovation intelligence so you can achieve your goals faster. The 5 carbon nanotube startups showcased above are promising examples out of 140 we analyzed for this article. To identify the most relevant solutions based on your specific criteria, get in touch.