The Breakthrough Technologies Institute (BTI), is an independent, non-profit (501(c) (3)), educational organization dedicated to promoting advanced environmental and energy technologies.  Our focus is on technologies that may be overlooked but that can improve environmental quality, increase energy efficiency and expand energy supply options.  Our programs have achieved concrete results and have won international recognition.


BTI was established in 1993 to ensure that emerging technologies have a voice in environmental and energy policy debates.  BTI currently focuses on fuel cells, air quality and sustainable transportation strategies and technologies.

BTI also has managed successful public and policy maker education programs on mobile source emission control, including passenger vehicles, heavy duty vehicles and clean fuels, and advanced vehicle technologies.  BTI’s early work stimulated the spread of zero emission vehicle regulations in the United States and helped shape US rules to reduce emissions from off-road diesel engines.  These successes have helped clear the air for millions of Americans. 

BTI has incubated other successful nonprofit ventures and coalitions.  Most recently, BTI co-founded the Clean Air Institute, which focuses on air quality, sustainable transport and urbanization in Latin America.  The Institute is chaired by Nobel-laureate Dr. Mario Molina and has received funding from the World Bank and other multilateral organizations, national governments and private foundations.


BTI’s approach combines independent analysis with communications strategies that target policy-makers, key stakeholders, and the public.  BTI has catalyzed investments in sustainable energy and transportation projects; published peer-reviewed reports and analyses; developed content-rich web sites that are the best in their field; sponsored briefings for members of Congress and their staff; sponsored workshops and seminars for government and private sector audiences; served as a media resource for energy and transportation issues; and provided numerous presentations before local, national, and international audiences. 

BTI maintains good relations with individuals and organizations on all sides of the environmental and energy debate.  BTI has initiated successful policy coalitions and convened numerous workshops, conferences and other exchanges.