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We can help you achieve your clean technology goals.

Low carbon innovation can lead to extraordinary rewards. We are the partner of choice for companies and governments that seek to create value from the clean technology revolution.

Our experience

We work internationally, collaborating with organisations such as General Electric and the UK Government, on their clean technology innovation activities.

Carbon Trust has catalysed more than £123million of private-sector co-investment into pre-commercial technologies through focused programmes that de-risk their commercialisation. Examples of our impact to date include:

  • Deployment of a novel foundation in consortium with eight UK Offshore Wind developers to deliver a 10% reduction in the cost of delivered energy for offshore wind
  • Securing a $5million partnership with General Electric to identify, assess and nurture start-up businesses across Europe
  • Identifying opportunities for up to 29% reduction in energy bills through process innovation across a range of sectors, from dairy to metal-forming

We have assessed more than 3,500 low carbon start-ups to find the most promising technologies and ideas.

How we can help 

We work with:

Innovation - who we work with

Industry – We run joint industry projects with corporates and universities to solve technical challenges, supporting collaborative technology development

Government – We engage governments and funding bodies around the world to realise entrepreneurial approaches

Corporates – We support strategy development and execution

Innovators – We identify, incubate and invest in early stage companies to fast track their commercialisation

We support our clients along every stage of bringing clean technologies to market:

1 Prioritising innovation areas

We work with governments, investors and corporates to understand their goals, available resource, economic drivers and market structures to determine which technologies are most likely to succeed and yield returns.

Examples include:

  • Supporting the UK Government to prioritise which low carbon technologies to invest in to achieve emissions reduction targets and economic growth through the Technology Innovation Needs Assessment process
  • Demonstrating cost-reduction opportunities for the offshore wind sector through focused R&D in specific technology systems (Foundations, Access, Electrical Connections, and Wake Effects)

2 Designing innovation initiatives

In co-operation with our clients, Carbon Trust lays out potential activities in the sector and defines specific objectives and timescales. We then select the most suitable approach, from consortia to competitions, to overcome barriers holding back the technologies in question. We structure tailored programmes to tackle the barriers, de-risk innovation and catalyse investment.

Throughout the process, we identify potential project partners and funding sources to enhance the likelihood of success.

3 Delivering innovation outcomes

We understand how to deliver innovation through a broad range of activities. We have expertise in negotiating, contracting and setting up necessary structures, running targeted global competitions to source the best innovations and convening consortia of major industrial players to share research and development costs.

We advise on creating commercial vehicles to best incentivise teams, and provide incubation support to de-risk potential start-up investments. 

The Carbon Trust's intellectual capability in assessing our technology and what they know is out there made us feel very confident that what we were doing would be different and worth taking forward.
Amanda LyneVice President, Marketing and Administration, ACAL Energy

Current innovation programmes

Find out more about our current work in the following areas:

Offshore Wind Accelerator
Marine Farm Accelerator
Offshore Renewables Joint Industry Programme
Polymer Fuel Cells Challenge

Get in touch

If you are interested in any of the services above then get in touch - fill in our contact form or give us a call on +44 (0)20 7832 4807.