No industry can escape the technological revolution!
AgTech investments are booming. Are large seed and agriculture chemical companies still in the game? / Matthew Beckwith
The general context in which innovations are launched has changed. Companies are now facing a societal risk. / Eddy Fougier
The digital revolution offers solutions that can help develop smart ports. It requires a collaborative approach. / Yann Alix
There is still long way to go from theory to practice for this power to unleash its full potential. But some companies are already taking their chance.
SoDa (SOlar radiation DAta) is a provider of data and services. A platform guided by the needs of its users, it is a pivotal tool for institutional networks.
Quantum state feedback? This breakthrough offers many perspectives, both in terms of basic research and practical applications.
3D printing puts designer brands in the same situation that the music industry found itself in when MP3 files hit the market. / Kimya Shams
Innovation dynamics can be enabled, by enhancing exchanges between disciplines, institutions, cultures, public and private stakeholders, researchers and entrepreneurs. PSL is an exchange enabler. Such is also the vocation of Paris Innovation Review.
In 2010, a toy drone controlled by smartphone was launched; this success made Parrot one of the leading manufacturers of consumer drones. Three lessons can be drawn from this experience.
Over one thousand start-ups, all over the world, are now challenging banks and other financial institutions. What does the global landscape look like?
The rise of Legal Tech has spawned a proliferation of startups focusing on the development of new technologies.
Why does a company like L'Oréal spend 10 times more on advertising than on research?
The sinking of the British steel industry has resulted in confusing, and sometimes contradictory debates.
Two trends emerge: the technology race and the “step on the side” approach. With one unifying concept: sustainable mobility.
Entrepreneurs in China can see in crowdfunding an alternative to venture capital in scaling up, or use it as a way to test their markets.
The cofounder of the company that created the world's first computer-animated feature film lays out a management philosophy for keeping Pixar innovative.
The industry is facing a change in its relationship with consumers and society in general. / Jacques Aschenbroich (Valeo)
OPEC has stopped playing its regulatory role. American unconventional oils may well be the main balancing factor on the market. / Thierry Salmona
Startups are refocusing on the service provided to the reader. Crowdfunding has freed up initiatives and is allowing for experimentation.
Regulating FinTech? Better say forcing their way into the market. Revolution ahead in the European banking business! / Tobias Pfuetze
Autolib' is a technical, operational and now commercial success. This electric car-sharing service which started in Paris is now going global.
The rise of digital interfaces is not just a matter of matching supply and demand. Collaborative platforms have emerged alongside marketplaces.
Clextral is an engineering company located in the small town of Firminy, France. It employs 275 people and sells machines in 88 countries. What's the secret?
With the Model S, Tesla offers not only “the best car in the world,” but also an object from the Silicon Valley, closer in its architecture to a mobile electronic device than to a car.
Automakers face 4 evolutions that will change the automotive experience in the few years to come: Connectivity, Artificial intelligence, Sensors, and Interface.
Tesla's PowerWall is the first mass-produced individual electric storage solution to hit the market. Is it cost-effective enough to be sustainable?
China has joined the race and some companies are already valued at US$10 billion. Shall we expect consolidation? What is going to be the killer application?
Electric vehicles now represent 18% of new registrations. The key to this growth? Incentives so efficient that the policy is overwhelmed by its won success.
As crowdfunding becomes more accepted, it's moving into new areas. One with a lot of promise: commercial real estate.
Is Elon Musk crazy? Or is he planning something only he can see?
Wind turbine and solar power sources now represent a significant fraction in the electricity mix of industrialized countries. Shall they soon be profitable?
How can manufacturers maintain and develop their competitive edges? What kind of industrial policy can help them when facing this challenge?
A slew of product introductions indicate VR technology is coming into its own - but the sector is still waiting for a killer app.
In the nuclear industry, rigorous mastering of the production tool is a condition for performance. / Hervé Machenaud
New digital upstarts are threatening the growth prospects and business models of traditional service providers. It’s time for incumbents to innovate.
Compared to the evolution of the Maker Movement in Western countries, China has already formed a much larger bottom-up ecosystem.
3D printing could place designers the same position as the musical industry a few years ago. Solutions are forthcoming.
Even in highly intellectual activities, a number of inherent tasks can be codified and pre-programmed; some of the processes involved can be automated just like similar industrial applications. The tasks can be automated or executed remotely. Notwithstanding, not all services can be delocalized.
The semi-conductor industries have perfected silicon-based technologies. However, they will soon be approaching the physical limits of solid state physics.
The gradual integration of robotics will affect the safety of operational troops and combat on the battlefield. It will also raise many ethical questions.
Driverless cars, with general roadworthy models running by 2030, promise to bring sizeable changes to the way we live, the environment, our health, the economy and industry at large.
The rise of renewable electricity and solidarity between territories are the main drivers of the evolution of the electricity network. The stakes are high.
Automobile manufacturers are designing a new industrial grammar: globalised sourcing, disintegration of value chains, maximisation of comparative advantages... and mega-patforms.
Spain is leading in biotechnology research, but it lags behind in technology transfer and startup creation. Will an Israeli solution work?
In the last few years radical changes affected supply, competition, demand and social license. North America is now entering a new era.
There seems to be no end to the civilian uses of drones. This development goes hand in hand with a radical change in business models.
A relatively newcomer to the industry, the London tech scene is still eager to prove itself. Its close-knit community attracts start-ups from all over the world.
By combining low-cost services, live information and simple innovations, the mobile Internet can allow African agriculture to move up a gear.
MEMS are to the world of smartphones and tablets what transistors were to consumer electronics in the 1960s. They're everywhere!
Opening markets and connecting grids may sound contradictory with unilateral decisions such as Germany's accelerated energy transition.
In terms of advantages, costs and risk management, it's a completely new equation.
Devices hit the market, wow the crowd, mature and sunset at an ever increasing rate. Smartphones and tablets are here to stay, but slower growth isn’t too far behind.
The production of energy through waste recovery and recycling is booming. But so diverse are the technologies that a closer look is needed to assess the potential of the celebrated urban mine.
Thanks to scientific breakthroughs, 16,000+ desalination plants are producing water in 150 countries, including in China, India, Australia, Chile and the U.S.
Several technologies are competing and the major manufacturers have opted for very different strategies. Renault decided to go all-electric. Why?
The construction sector is going through a phase of unprecedented innovation. And the industry of brick and tile is at the heart of this revolution.
In the field of rail transport, climate change raises very concrete challenges. How can we adapt to these changes? How can we anticipate them?
China's leaders called in November for average personal incomes to double by 2020, challenging often-avoided local brands to catch up with foreign rivals.
The prices for some metals have experienced meteoric rises recently and competition is fierce for access to resources. / Patrice Christmann
Resources are now concentrated in the hands of a few players. Can this be reversed? / Patrice Christmann
The dialogue of the deaf around the impacts on the environment generates many overstatements. Meanwhile, research is already in motion and new techniques are emerging.
By specializing in the design of system architectures, major industrial players have evolved into becoming service providers.
There are now more standards in China than in any other country. Such a strong interest suggests a powerful political will. But does China have a Grand Strategy?
In the car industry the culture of innovation is undergoing a dramatic, exciting change. / Rémi Maniak
Facing rising kerosene costs, the aviation industry is betting on electrification. But what will truly be electric in tomorrow's aircrafts?
Tomorrow, urban wastewater treatment plants will be more than just decontamination factories. They will also produce a wide scope of resources.
Increasing safety requirements, upmarket rise of Asia, dynamism of the small reactor segment and slow ripening of third gen reactors draw a new map.
Crowdsourcing your strategy may sound crazy. But a few pioneering companies are starting to do just that, boosting organizational alignment in the process.
The commodity markets have profoundly evolved over the last ten years. Both governments and large industrial firms have to redefine their strategies.
Overwhelmed by the boom of solar home systems, the German government has had to brutally halt subsidies whose costs were threatening to… go through the roof.
The European energy equation is complicated with the German choice on nuclear power, the arrival of shale gas, the rise of renewable energy.
In 2009, Poland set out to produce shale gas, taking in consideration sensitive issues like energetic independence and environment. / Bertrand Le Guern
The automobile industry isn’t fully mature and it is undergoing deep transformations. Who will be the winners and the losers? / Claude Satinet
How did big consulting firms design their own strategies? During a seminar in the Ecole de Paris du management, Christopher McKenna looks back on the history of this industry.
While best practices in unconventional hydrocarbons are making a contribution to sustainable production the equation will remain incomplete without fearless public debate of the subject.
Wind power has provoked forceful debates over how to manage intermittency. The result is a multiplicity of paths to innovation, one of which leads directly to electricity storage.
The first automated metro lines opened over thirty years ago. Today, new projects are being launched and older lines are being upgraded to automatic systems. But do the edges of the automated metro live up to the investments? Recent projects in and around Paris provide some valuable feedback.
It's been less than fifteen years since the issue of green chemistry has become a matter of public debate, yet it now seems to prove strategic for that industry.
Micro-algae are driving a small technological revolution. Their cultivation marks a new era in the production of biofuels, reinventing industrial processes as well as economic models.
The Fukushima has brought nuclear safety front-stage again. This catastrophe has already enabled us to pin-point several specific weak points, e.g., system complexity and non-collaboration (independence) of the Japanese institutions concerned.
The sky truly is the limit for the aviation sector but, future growth will hinge on constant innovation in the quest to find solutions regarding increasing fuel prices and environmental concerns.
In February 2011, the European Council made a commitment to complete the internal energy market by 2014. New challenges have entered the equation: the need for increasing the share of renewables and the necessity to ensure secure supplies.
The prospects for electric cars have not looked so good. But one last hurdle remains: the charging infrastructure.
The global electricity sector is facing three major challenges: the security of supply to keep up with ever-mounting demand, the fight against climate change, and the global trend toward massive urbanization.
A crossroads where decision makers and citizens must publicly evaluate the costs and benefits of pursuing nuclear power. / Daniel Aldrich
Nuclear energy is once more on the defensive, thanks to Fukushima. But day to day, fossil fuels are far riskier in the toll they take on people, not to mention their effect on global warming.
Power grids have long been constructed with a built-in intelligence. So why is so much noise being made over the arrival of so-called "smart grids"? / Bertrand Delpech
“Are we entering a golden age of gas?” The question was posed in the latest IEA report and if the experts are to be believed the response is firmly positive. They have made predictions of a bright future based largely on the emergence of unconventional natural gas.
France has made the decision to bury the most radioactive waste 500 meters underground. Marie-Claude Dupuis, CEO of Andra (French National Radioactive Waste Management Agency) discusses the project.
China's decision in 2010 to limit production and exportation of the rare earth metals on which a number of industries rely set off alarm bells among the country’s trading partners. This was particularly true for the chemicals industry.
More than 56 years have passed since the first nuclear plant for civilian power generation went online, but there is still no consensus on the best way to dispose of dangerous waste.
Should the current climate on overheated commodities and energy markets be viewed as a passing anomaly or a permanent reality? Just how real is the threat of a shortfall?
What is of most concern to politicians and other interested parties is not so much upward pressure on prices but the spread of volatility. Wherein lies the solution?
Contrary to widely held belief there is arable land that could be cultivated without risking further encroachment on our forests. / Hervé Guyomard & Agneta Forslund
GreenTouch, a global consortium organized by Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs, is spearheading an initiative to innovate and create technologies that will allow networks to achieve an increase in energy efficiency by a factor of 1000.
The palette of tools available to national authorities include fiscal incentives, quotas on production and the creation of feed-in tariffs. Anything goes?
Where are we in the theoretical debate? What could be the next steps in the development of a low carbon fiscal model? What will be the economic impact of any future changes?
It is perhaps the best solution for lessening our carbon footprint, reducing dependence on oil and ultimately slashing the cost of electricity.