Adaptavate raises £2m to develop and manufacture carbon negative materials globally

The UK-born company is a world-pioneer in developing industrial procsses to make low-carbon and carbon absorbing plaster and plasterboard

Adaptavate, a world leader in developing and industrialising carbon negative construction materials, has just announced another round of investment of £2m. The UK born company plans to accelerate its work to develop and manufacture carbon negative construction materials at a global scale, with a key focus on one of the world’s most used construction materials: wallboard, and associated products.

This investment round has been led by Counteract, with Low Carbon Innovation Fund 2 (LCIF2), SEMIN Group, Perivoli Innovations, and several industry experts’ participation too. It builds on Adaptavate’s previous Seed round, announced in March 2022, and subsequent support received to industrialise the development of carbon negative construction materials.

The company is currently building a revolutionary development centre, including laboratories and pilot line in Bristol, UK, and accelerating its research to complete testing and licencing programmes for Breathaboard. Breathaboard is a scalable, carbon sequestering alternative to one of the most widely used building products, plasterboard. Adaptavate will take Breathaboard from the pilot line to buildings’ walls by the end of 2023, with first pilot projects already secured with world leading organisations.

The new funding will allow Adaptavate to expedite their ongoing work on carbon negative formulations and carbon capture processes for developing and industrialising drop-in, high-performing and carbon negative alternatives to the most widely used construction materials. The company is also looking to licence its technology to the world’s largest building products manufacturers and has already started conversations with potential partners.

Adaptavate’s overall aim is to be a leader in helping decarbonise the construction industry. The company plans to do so by deploying its drop-in carbon negative building materials and carbon absorbing industrial processes everywhere in the world.

Tom Robinson, CEO and founder of Adaptavate, said: “This funding round is a pivotal point in the acceleration of Adaptavate and our aim to be the world leader in this space. With the support of like-minded funding partners, we are leading the carbon revolution of building materials as a form of Carbon Capture and Utilization (CCU). What I am most pleased about is that this funding round was oversubscribed, which shows the appetite for near to market, industrially scalable carbon absorbing technologies, even at an economically challenging time.”

Richard Barker, partner at Counteract, said: “Adaptavate is a great British innovator with a truly global opportunity. Its products will have an exciting role in helping to decarbonise the construction industry. Tom and his team have made incredible progress to date and have developed a range of high-value foundational IP. Counteract is happy to have supported Adaptavate’s growth to date and also to have led this fundraising round, which will now allow it to begin commercialising its novel, low carbon, drop-in replacement for carbon intensive plasterboard.”

Ian Thomas, managing director of Turquoise, and fund manager for Low Carbon Innovation Fund 2, said: “Having seen the great progress made by the Adaptavate team over the past 15 months, we are pleased to continue to support the company in this latest capital raise.”

Caroline Semin, CEO of SEMIN Group, said: “As a material building industrial, I am convinced that we must be proactive to find sustainable and responsible housing solutions. For me, Adaptavate will be part of this responsible and durable future of housing.”

James Alexandroff, Trustees advisor at Perivoli Innovations and founder of Perivoli Foundation, said: “Adaptavate’s work represents a climate change mitigation solution within the construction industry and can positively impact livelihood of humans in more sustainable and healthy buildings. This aligns with Perivoli’s mission, and we look forward to seeing Adaptavate’s next achievement.”

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