Griffith Hack Clean & Sustainable Technologies

NEP solar wins Intersolar 2009 Innovation award by Justin Blows
June 30, 2009, 3:30 pm
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Griffith Hack client NEP Solar, has won the prestigious Innovation Award at Intersolar 2009, guaranteeing the Sydney-based company a great deal of exposure at the world’s largest trade show for solar technology being held in Munich, Germany, from 27-29 May.

Intersolar’s 2009 Award was made to NEP Solar for its new solar process heat collector, the PolyTrough 1200, which is now being manufactured in Sydney for local and export markets. The award was presented to NEP Solar’s Chief Financial Officer Antoine Millioud and General Manager Projects, Stefan Minder, at a special ceremony held at Intersolar 2009 in Munich today. “We are very pleased with the award and we believe through innovation, quality design, life cycle approach and customer focus we will contribute to the uptake of solar thermal in the industrial and commercial sectors,” NEP Solar’s CEO Johan Dreyer said.

Intersolar 2009 is the most important platform in the world for showcasing groundbreaking technologies and innovations in solar thermal technology and photovoltaics.

This year there are 1,400 exhibitors presenting their products to over 60,000 visitors, in an area covering 100,000 square metres.

The Intersolar Award is being awarded in the “Solar Thermal Technology”and “Photovoltaic” categories, with winners being selected by two independent juries made up of experts from the fields of photovoltaics and solar thermal technology.

Centred on a proprietary polymeric reflector, the new PolyTrough 1200 deploys various design features which will lead to lower life cycle costs for NEP Solar’s clients. The parabolic trough collector is designed to generate heat at 120°C to 220°C for industrial processes as well as commercial solar cooling, large scale water heating and distributed power generation. It can deliver cooling and heating solutions for facilities such as shopping malls, factories, plants, warehouses and other big buildings at a competitive cost to other systems.

“Solar process heat is the sleeping giant of solar thermal,” said NEP’s CFO Antoine Millioud. “As a significant part of primary energy consumption stems from medium temperature industrial applications, it is essential that solar process heat experiences a similar uptake in this sector as seen for solar domestic water heating in the residential area.”

NEP Solar’s prototype PolyTrough 1200 was successfully developed with assistance from a grant under the Australian Government Renewable Energy Development Initiative and was tested at the CSIRO Energy Centre in Newcastle.


Smart meters and the smart grid by Justin Blows
June 30, 2009, 1:28 pm
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In the US, billions of dollars are being spent on smart meters, much of it backed by US government funds.

But this area is so promising that many companies, such as Xcel Energy are spending their own money, not government funds.   This article is an interesting, if lengthy, discussion on Xcel Energy’s project.

While I was looking at Xcel Energy’s web site, I found this great idea of their’s called saver’s switch.  Here is an article about it. In short, a remote control switch is installed that can turn off an air conditioner at peak times when electricity is at its most expensive.

Justin Blows

Solar Energy Society tells it how it is by Justin Blows
June 30, 2009, 11:52 am
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In this article, John Grimes, the CEO of the Australian & New Zealand Solar Energy Society (ANZSES) stated:

Australian scientists and research and development are at the leading edge of the world  … what we lack is government support to commercialise and capitalise on that research

It is his opinion that unless Australia introduces a solar feed in tariff Australia will miss out on the opportunities of harnessing solar energy to solve our energy problems, and all of the business opportunities associated with it.

Justin Blows

KeepCup – Hot Coffee. Cool Planet. by Griffith Hack
June 30, 2009, 9:39 am
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KeepCupKeepCup have just launched the world’s first barista standard reusable coffee cup. It fits under the group heads of espresso machines and replicates the internal volumes of standard service – so having a coffee in a reusable cup need no longer be a compromise to speed and quality of service.  Designed, tooled and manufactured in Melbourne the KeepCup is recyclable at the end of its life (estimated 1000 uses). Companies with a sustainability agenda, among them NAB, Energy Australia, Worksafe and Australia Post are purchasing them for their staff to reduce Scope 3 emissions under the GHG inventory.

 For more information or to purchase a KeepCup please visit

PacRim Summit: Where East Meets West by Griffith Hack
June 24, 2009, 12:00 pm
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The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), a leader in industrial biotechnology is pleased to announce the fourth annual Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy. This meeting will continue and expand the essential exchange between industry, academia and government that has been so successful at the World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing. This meeting will address the latest issues in industrial biotechnology including algae for fuels, marine bio-resources, advanced biofuels, renewable hydrocarbons, biopolymers and bioplastics, dedicated energy crops, and much more.

 For more information please visit

Political heavy weights see value in strong clean IP by Justin Blows
June 24, 2009, 10:12 am
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The issue of patents and climate change are rapidly rising up the political agenda.

I came across this interesting article written by Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner Jr., the ranking Republican on the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming.


Mr Sensenbrenner argues very strongly for strong IP protection to protect innovators from from those that would take clean and sustainable technologies – such as clean and renewable energy sources – without any suitable consideration in return.  He believes that:

Now that international climate treaty negotiations are gaining momentum, China is leading the assault on the patent protections that are central in promoting the ingenuity, innovation and creativity that drive the economies of America and other developed countries.

Mr Sensenbrenner also states that China and other developing nations want developed nations to contribute 1% of their GDP to them so that they can buy clean and sustainable technologies at a price that they themselves set.

While the two sides are highly polarised on the issue of IP rights relating to climate change mitigation and adaption technologies, it appears that everyone agrees that patents are a powerful and flexible tool that can be used for the interests of innovators or alternatively the developing nations, depending on the policy framework in which they are used. 

This is a great example of how patents provide a strong legal basis to the problem of technology transfer, no matter what mechanism used.  Without patenting the clean technology in the first place its hard to see how it can be effectively transfered in any senario. 

Let’s hope both sides find a mutually agreeable solution so that we can get on with the real problem of tackling climate change.

Justin Blows

Growth opportunities for business under climate change and climate action by Griffith Hack
June 19, 2009, 11:22 am
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Brett Janissen, Director, Allen Consulting Group
Allen Consulting Group has recently released a report on growth opportunities in a carbon constrained world. At a recent Griffith Hack Clean and Sustainable Technologies Seminar Brett discussed the growth opportunities identified in this report, and the implications of these opportunities to businesses both in Victoria and elsewhere in Australia.

Brett is an Executive Manager of the Asia Pacific Emissions Trading Forum, and leader in the Climate Change practice of the Allen Consulting Group. He is a specialist in climate policy and emissions trading design; with over 20 years of experience as an economist and policy analyst in a range of Commonwealth agencies, and as a senior consultant.

He led the emissions trading work within the Australian Greenhouse Office from 1999 to 2004 and was principal author of key policy documents in this area including the AGO’s emissions trading discussion paper series and the Commonwealth’s ‘credit for early action’ proposal. As a senior consultant, Brett has continued to advise in the climate area for a range of Commonwealth, State and private sector organisations.

To view Brett’s presentation Click Here