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Existing, emerging and yet to be developed technologies will unlock the transition to a low carbon economy. Navigate the rapidly changing climate technology landscape. Connect innovation to industry.

Accelerating the transition to a low-carbon economy presents challenges unprecedented in our lifetimes and will require faster development, commercialisation and scaling of new and yet-to-be invented cutting edge technologies. We are inspired by the innovators who are seeking to drive the progress needed to make this transition at the rapid pace required. Actors in the emerging low-carbon economy are exploring multiple avenues to bring their solutions to market and put innovative technologies and practices into production.

GreenSpace Tech by Deloitte connects climate technologies to industry via an ecosystem spanning start-ups, research institutes, incubators, accelerators and universities. We combine start-up commercialisation and climate knowledge to support industry to unlock value through the integration of these new and emerging climate technologies.

Technologies are emerging at a rapid and unforseen pace, they are hard to find, apply and scale to critical needs. In this set of research briefs, it is our ambition to not only provide a description of the current technologies but also offer our experience and insights, highlight current adoption trends, and notes the critical role that leading actors are playing in catalysing these important but early-stage markets.

Our goal: showcase the leading technologies supporting critical decarbonisation pathways with evidence-based analysis, leveraging the GreenSpace Navigator and GreenSpace Tech by Deloitte sensing and scanning capabilities, global ecosystem network and vast climate and commercialisation expertise.

As the electric vehicle market grows, so does the demand for lithium-ion batteries (LIBs). Growing adoption of electric vehicles is good news for the climate, but the keeping them supplied with batteries has its own challenges. Improving and expanding the battery recycling process will meet a critical need to bolster the supply of valuable minerals for batteries while reducing their environmental impact. Innovation is occurring across the battery recycling value chain, with digital technologies set to play a key role.This research brief, from GreenSpace Tech by Deloitte, highlights technology innovations across the four major stages in the battery recycling value chain, and profiles recycling technologies that range in maturity from conceptual to commercial.

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Long-duration energy storage (LDES) will play a crucial role in the clean energy transition. It will be needed to enhance reliability in power grids as they integrate growing amounts of intermittent renewable energy resources such as solar and wind. When charged from clean sources, LDES can also enable clean heat for industrial processes. And it can provide clean backup power for remote and off-grid mines, data centers, buildings, and farms, among other applications. For some organizations, now may be an excellent time to evaluate and pilot LDES. Indeed, a growing number are already doing so.
Drawing on information and insights from the GreenSpace Tech network, this brief profiles leading LDES technologies, highlights current adoption trends, and notes the critical role that government incentives are playing in catalyzing this important but early-stage market.

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Carbon capture is increasingly viewed as vital tool in mitigating climate change. Experts see few viable paths to net-zero without it. However, it remains relatively costly and immature: only two of the 12 most mature technologies analyzed by GreenSpace Research have reached a commercial stage of adoption for any application. Greater investment is needed for research and scaling innovative carbon capture methods. Carbon capture offers significant commercial opportunities for those able to build scalable solutions in this nascent domain.
Drawing on information and insights from the GreenSpace Tech network, this brief maps a dozen carbon capture technologies across 14 critical applications, places carbon capture in the context of the global net-zero imperative, and highlights opportunities for companies able to seize them.

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