UK Innovation Awards will bring Clean Tech faster to market

By Sabine Lobnig, Aug 28, 2009, 15:19 2 minute reading

Until 9 October 2009, the Carbon Trust of the UK is inviting entrepreneurs, businesses and public sector organisations to enter for its 2009 Innovation Awards and show their potential to be pioneers in the fight against climate change through innovations in areas such as industrial refrigeration and heat pumps.

The Carbon Trust Innovation Awards will celebrate the UK’s best low carbon technologies and provide a platform to accelerate the introduction of these technologies to the market. One of the specific areas of technology development for which an award category has been created covers industrial applications such as refrigeration technology, while another one covers energy saving solutions for buildings such as heat pumps. Given that the focus of the awards is the fight against climate change rather than merely the realisation of energy savings, technologies using natural refrigerants could present an interesting case for winning the award.

Bringing the Clean Tech faster to market

“Our aim is to accelerate the introduction of these new technologies to the market, helping to transform the way the world uses energy”, said Tom Delay, Chief Executive of the Carbon Trust. The Carbon Trust will work with the winners to provide a wide range of opportunities to promote their work through marketing and PR platforms. The Award winners will be showcased in the press and, as past winners have found, an Innovation Award can set a business on a new trajectory to success – helping to raise awareness, attract potential customers and leverage commercial partnerships.

The award categories

There are six award categories, four of which are for technology developers and providers, and two for users and early adopters of low carbon technologies. More specifically, the 6 award categories are:
  • Category 1 - Power: This category recognises innovative technologies that will help replace existing electricity supplies with new energy sources, such as wind, tidal, wave, etc..
  • Category 2 - Buildings: This category includes solutions that help reduce demand for energy in buildings and technologies for on-site generation of power and/or heat.
  • Category 3 - Transport: This category includes new technologies that can reduce carbon emissions for transport, such as renewable bio-fuels, improved road vehicles and hydrogen for road transport. It could also include fuel cell technologies, electric/hybrid vehicles, and hydrogen storage devices
  • Category 4 - Industry: This category covers development of technologies which can be used to reduce carbon emissions across a wide range of industrial applications. This could include novel motors, compressed air systems, refrigeration, control systems and much more.
  • Category 5 - Private Sector: innovation in the use of low carbon technologies by a private sector business
  • Category 6 - Public Sector: innovation in the use of low carbon technologies by a public sector organisation
Dates of interest

The closing date for the competition is 9 October 2009 and the winners will be announced on the 25 November 2009 in Central London.

About the Carbon Trust

The Carbon Trust is an independent company set up in 2001 by Government in response to the threat of climate change, to accelerate the move to a low carbon economy by working with organisations to reduce carbon emissions and develop commercial low carbon technologies.


By Sabine Lobnig

Aug 28, 2009, 15:19

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