Centres of excellence

National Low Carbon Centre

The NLCC will inform, stimulate and encourage the transition to a low carbon economy and demonstrate innovative processes and emerging technologies. It will promote the commercial growth of the UK supply chain and jobs.

The Centre has partnered with three leading Midlands universities – Coventry, Aston and Birmingham City – and is building dynamic commercial partnerships to develop this exciting initiative.


Cenex was established in 2005 as the UK’s first Centre of Excellence for Low Carbon and Fuel Cell technologies. Today Cenex operates as an independent not-for-profit consultancy specialising in the delivery of projects, supporting innovation and market development, focused on low carbon vehicles and associated energy infrastructure.

Advanced Propulsion Centre UK

The Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) exists to position the UK as a centre of excellence for low carbon propulsion development and production. The Advanced Propulsion Centre was formed in 2013 and is a £1bn, ten-year commitment between government and the automotive industry. The APC is a private limited company, an industry-wide collaboration of innovators and producers of low carbon propulsion systems. The APC facilitates partnerships between those who have good low carbon propulsion ideas and those who can bring them to market. The Advanced Propulsion Centre was created to help bring these groups together and help them access funding.

National Automotive Innovation Centre

The National Automotive Innovation Centre will provide a critical mass of research capability combining automotive expertise nationally and internationally. NAIC will be a unique resource, with an environment to foster collaboration, cohesion and cross-fertilisation of knowledge. Academic and industrial research and development teams will work together using state-of-the-art equipment and facilities to develop breakthrough designs, technologies and processes. NAIC will address the shortage of skilled research and development staff across the automotive supply chain, developing the talent required for the demands of emerging technologies and engaging future generations of engineers.

£150m is being invested in the NAIC capital building and its research activities through a long-term commitment between Jaguar Land Rover, Tata Motors European Technical Centre, WMG and the University of Warwick, along with an expanding network of supplier companies. The government (Higher Education Funding Council England) has also provided £15m of funding to support the capital project.

Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG)

WMG is one of the world’s leading research and education groups, designing solutions and overcoming challenges through collaborative research and development and world-class education.

An academic department of the University of Warwick, they have over 500 people working across seven dedicated research and education centres, on the Warwick campus, plus collaborative centres in seven countries. With an annual programme of £180m, which includes industrial and in-kind support, WMG continually invests in state-of-the-art facilities and expertise to keep them at the forefront of innovation in our research, education and knowledge transfer activities.