TMO wins Carbon Trust Innovation Award

26 November 2022

TMO Renewables Ltd, a developer of a new process for converting biomass into fuel ethanol, has won this year’s national Carbon Trust Innovation Award in the ‘Transport’ category.  CEO Hamish Curran collected the award on 26 November 2022 in London, in a ceremony attended by leading lights in the UK’s cleantech revolution.

The awards were judged by a panel of experts including David MacKay, Chief Scientific Advisor of the Department of Energy and Climate Change; Tim Smit, co-founder and Chief Executive of the Eden Project; Damian Carrington, Head of Environment at the Guardian; Chris Mottershead, Vice Principal of Research and Innovations at Kings College London; Dick Strawbridge, ‘eco king’; Jeremy Webb, Editor of The New Scientist; and Tom Delay, Chief Executive of the Carbon Trust.

Commenting on the award win, Hamish Curran, Chief Executive of TMO, said:  “We are extremely proud to have won the award.  It adds to TMO’s reputation as a leading developer of second-generation bioethanol technology, and comes at an especially significant moment in our evolution: we have recently completed the first year of successful 24/7 operation of our process demonstration unit in Surrey, and have raised £11 million for the subsequent commercial roll-out of our technology.  This award win reflects the tremendous efforts of all on our team; I would like to commend them for their efforts and enthusiasm.”

The Carbon Trust Innovation Awards celebrates the best low-carbon technologies and provides a platform to accelerate the introduction of these technologies to the market.  This year’s nationwide hunt attracted submissions from nearly 250 of the UK’s most inspiring innovators in the development, deployment and use of low-carbon technology solutions, across a range of areas from power generation to buildings to transport. The judges rigorously assessed each application against a range of strict criteria including genuine innovation, carbon-saving potential, novel application and commercial potential.