Our Applied Research team works with utilities, industry players, financiers and policy-makers to deliver customised solutions based on our data and analysis.

Whether the ultimate objective is to find and screen investment opportunities, enter new markets, benchmark the competition, define a commercial strategy, design a new policy programme or produce high-impact thought leadership content, we can provide the insights, datasets and rich content to support you.


Examples of projects for private sector clients include:

Fortune 500 company

Impact of China’s energy and emissions policies on future demand for energy resources. The work used our proprietary energy and economic models.

Major European utility

Analysis of business models for utility-scale PV. The findings helped inform future strategic decisions of the client.

Global energy company

Market analysis and acquisition search in the low-carbon sector. The work resulted in a direct investment in the leading target company.


In the public and NGO sectors we produce regular pieces for some of the leading institutions in the energy field, including:


Commissioned by the Inter-American Development Bank, we started a multiyear programme to assess investment opportunities for low carbon technologies in 26 countries in Latin America. This groundbreaking work produced several outputs including an online assessment tool for potential investors in the region.

Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment

We have produced this report annually for the United Nations Environment Programme for several years and it has now become the reference document worldwide for clean energy investment figures.

Sustainable Energy in America Factbook

Commissioned by the Business Council for Sustainable Energy, the yearly Factbook offers a fresh look at the state of US energy along with the roles these new technologies and innovations now play. Its goal is to offer simple, easy-to-understand benchmarks on the contributions these new energy technologies are making today.