Low Carbon Innovation

CREST has teamed up with the University of Birmingham’s ATETA programme and LOCOP from Worcestershire County Council to increase the support available for businesses that want to develop low carbon technologies.


Research and Innovation

ATETA provides FREE access to their team of Knowledge Exchange Fellow’s (KEFs) who will work with you in their state-of-the-art research facilities and laboratories to identify ways for you to improve efficiency, identify new market prospects, test and demonstrate new ideas and ultimately grow your business.

The expertise of ATETA’s KEF’s spans across a multitude of areas including, but not limited to, low carbon power generation, low carbon transport technologies, and thermal energy technologies. More details below:


Low Carbon Power Generation

Distributed energy systems design, electrical equipment design and testing, EV battery technologies, EV charging technology design and testing, electricity grid systems technology and design, energy economics

Useful for: Community energy companies, electrical equipment manufacture, PV and heat pump manufacture and installers, power electronics companies, EV charging adopters (construction), renewable energy businesses, manufacturing R&D

Low Carbon Transport Technologies

Hydrogen generation technologies, fuel cell technologies – use and system integration, alternative fuels selections, fuels development and emissions testing, energy from waste – flue gas product design

Useful for: Mobile power users, waste companies, transport companies, automotive, aerospace, fuels companies, environmental companies, laboratory services

Thermal Energy Technologies

Decentralised heat generation, low carbon cooling, materials characterisation, thermal energy storage, thermal materials development, industrial heat recovery systems design, thermal process efficiency

Useful for: Construction (heat networks), food and drink, refrigeration, heating engineering, energy intensive industries, manufacturing (heat users)


The Low Carbon Opportunities Programme (LOCOP), managed by Worcestershire County Council in partnership with Shropshire Council and CREST, and funded by the European Regional Development Programme, can offer up to £50,000 for innovation of low carbon products and services

The Low Carbon Opportunities Programme is working to provide REVENUE and CAPITAL support to help small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) in Shropshire (unlike normal CREST support, this funding does not cover Telford & Wrekin).

SMEs can apply for grants for up to 40% of the costs of eligible capital or revenue projects. Grants of up to £50,000 will be considered, with a minimum grant of £2,000. This short video summarises the offer and gives some case study examples.


  • Be situated in and trading from Shropshire
  • Employ fewer than 250 employees
  • Have a turnover of less than the equivalent of 50 million Euros per annum or a balance sheet of less than 43 million Euros
  • Be within the low carbon innovation sector

Some industries, such as primary agriculture and certain retail, are not eligible. Other activities excluded are social welfare and education facilities, banking and insurance.


Potential low carbon innovation project examples could include:

  • Low carbon product, process or service development
  • Commercialisation or implementation costs
  • Market research and assessment
  • IPR protection
  • Accreditations
  • Prototyping, demonstration or testing of new products
  • Manufacturing scale up or market roll-out


Other programme benefits:

  • Opportunities to take part in programme organised events and forums
  • Engagement with other similar types of organisations and further collaboration with both business and academic institutions

For more information about the programme, please contact the Low Carbon Opportunities Programme Team on 01905 843902 or 01905 845398, or email sustainability@worcestershire.gov.uk