Later this year, the Cleantech Group and the Guardian will publish the Cleantech Global 100, a list of the 100 most promising private clean technology companies on the planet.
Entry forms need to be submitted before nominations close June 30th, 2009. The final list of 100 private companies will be derived from nominations and the views of a panel of experts to reflect the combined wisdom of the international cleantech community.
DuPont has just held the 21st DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation. As reported here, DuPont beleives packaging can be improved for simultaneous environmental and economic benefits.
Winning products included shampoo bottles with nearly 100% recycled plastic content, packages made from new natural materials, self-standing pouches for replacing glass jars. One of the winners is Australian: A&C Packers.
Filed under: News | Tags: biogas, cleantech, Global Financial Crises, patent, technology, wind power
If you think that big corporations are not protecting clean and sustainable technologies, think again. General Electric is getting into this area in a big way, and they are fierce advocates for a strong patent system to promote cleantech.
As reported here, Carl Horton, GE’s chief IP counsel explained that his firm has already made progress with its dedicated R&D stream for clean-energy solutions. ‘Innovative projects like those in GE’s Ecomagination initiative,’ he said, ‘prove that new energy technologies help fuel economic growth, create a new generation of green collar jobs, and help us be responsible environmental stewards.’
One of GE’s ecomagination products is a reciprocating engine that run off biogass (methane) from fermented animal waste. As reported here, they are also working on the Smart Grid and batteries. GE also is one of the major manufactures of wind turbines.
It’s a highly profitable enterprise, with reported revenues last year of US$17B. No wonder they are keen to protect clean and sustainable technology!
Across the Atlantic, another industrial juggernaut, Siemens, is getting a little hot under the collar for the attention that GE is getting. As reported here, Siemens claims to have made US$26B in 2008 from cleantech products – and believes it is much better at it!
It appears that the big corporations are eyeing green stimulus packages in response to the global financial crises (GFC). To many, these packages are a great way to address the GFC and climate change at the same time.
Filed under: News | Tags: hybrid vehicle, intellectual property, patent, prius, Toyota
Toyota, as reported, is transferring its hybrid vehicle technology to Ford. This may be part of a decisive strategy to make the Toyota technology a global standard.
Toyota has an overwhelming dominance of the patent landscape for hybrid vehicles giving it an extremely strong commercial position. No doubt it will be using its portfolio to extract maximum concessions from Ford.
If Toyota’s move to make it’s technology a global standard is realised then Toyota will make a windfall profit from licencing its patents to all the car manufactures who are in increasing numbers releasing their own models of hybrid vehicles.
Filed under: Feature | Tags: clean and sustainable technology, cleantech, hybrid vehicle, lithium sulfur battery, patent, rechargeable battery
The rechargeable battery world is abuzz with the news that a rechargeable battery based on lithium-sulfur chemistry has been realised. This chemistry has the potential to store many times the charge of current lithium-ion batteries which is good news for all sorts of clean and sustainable technologies, most notably hybrid and electric vehicles. The breakthrough was the use of nanotechnology. The nano-structure of the cathode is shown in the figure.
The difficult challenge was always the cathode, the part of the battery that stores and releases electrons in the charge and recharge cycles … To enable a reversible electrochemical reaction at high current rates, the electrically-active sulphur needs to remain in the most intimate contact with a conductor, such as carbon.