Griffith Hack Clean & Sustainable Technologies


Eco Investor Forum 2009: 21 October, Hilton Hotel, Sydney by Griffith Hack
July 30, 2009, 11:56 am
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Eco Investor Forum brings together Australia’s leading environmental companies and investors.

The Forum will present 20 of the leading listed and unlisted companies and funds across the environmental investment spectrum:

– ASX 300 companies,
– Emerging companies with sales and profits,
– Micro cap companies with innovative technologies,
– Unlisted companies with innovative technologies, and
– Australian and international environmental equities funds.

Meet the companies and learn about investing in coal seam gas, geothermal energy, wave energy, ceramic fuel cells, clean energy retailing, air and water purification, plantation forestry, lighting efficiency, international environmental equities, managing a green portfolio.

Network with the companies and other environmental investors.

Who Should Attend:

The Forum will benefit:
– Environmental investors who manage their own share portfolio or self-managed super fund
– Institutional investors with an interest in environmental, cleantech, ethical and sustainability investment opportunities
– Financial advisers
– Business advisers
– Environmental companies open to investment
– Government officers, lawyers, accountants and other professionals

To learn more about the Forum download the brochure by Clicking Here.



Griffith Hack CleanTech Seminar: Opportunities & Challenges for Sustainable Energy Development in Australia by Griffith Hack
July 30, 2009, 11:48 am
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The Partners of Griffith Hack are pleased to invite you and your colleagues to a seminar not to be missed!

To view the seminar invitiation, please CLICK HERE

With guest speakers:

Professor Tony Vassallo, Delta Electricity Chair in Sustainable Energy Development, University of Sydney

Professor Tony Vassallo will present an overview of the drivers, challenges and opportunities for the widespread deployment of renewable and sustainable energy technologies in Australia. The talk will start with a description of the current technology and deployment of solar, wind and other renewable technologies, followed by a brief look at residential and commercial gas cogeneration. The challenges of intermittency will be outlined, concluding with a look at how energy storage might provide solutions to successful large scale integration of renewable energy sources and the potential synergies with an electric transport fleet.

Dr Justin Blows, Patent Attorney, Griffith Hack

Griffith Hack patent attorney Justin Blows will tell a dark tale of the strategies employed by the manufactures, R&D companies, and individuals that are active in the shadowy world of Hybrid vehicle IP. Patent, license, and litigation strategies that have been employed to gain commercial advantage will be discussed.

Please RSVP to anna.mccabe@griffithhack.com by Thursday 6th August.



Government assistance programs for clean energy by Justin Blows
July 29, 2009, 10:36 am
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Last night I heard Robert Richardson from Austrade talk about government assistance programs for clean and sustainable technologies.

There are quite a lot out there.  Unfortunately they are spread across a multitude of agencies and can be hard to find so persistence in your googling is required to ferret them all out.

Some of the programs mentioned include:

COMET
Renewables Australia
Solar Flagships Program
Various carbon capture and storage programs
National Clean Coal Fund
Energy Innovation Fund
Solar Cities
Clean Energy Innovation Centre
Climate Ready
soon, Innovation for Climate Change (watch out for announcement)
NSW Renewable Energy Innovation Fund
AusIndustry-Retooling for Climate Change
Austrade Export Market Development Grant

Austrade Clean Energy Trade and Investment Strategy
Export Finance and Insurance Corporation
Energy Users Association of Australia

There is also a R&D tax concession.

This list will undoubtedly change so having a look at the websites of the relevant agencies is probably a good idea.  Also, try www.business.gov.au.

Perhaps the Clean Energy Innovation Centre is the most interesting.  The Clean Energy Innovation Centre has recently been established to help small and medium size businesses in the clean energy industry to improve their productivity and competitiveness by providing professional business advisory and development services. The Centre will also help to build collaboration between researchers and businesses, and assist clean energy businesses to access the latest technologies and market specific information.

 The CEIC will provide a Business Adviser to conduct a comprehensive review of an eligible clean energy firm that identifies its strengths and weaknesses, strategic business issues, potential areas for business improvement and potential areas for growth.  For business improvement or change recommendations from the business review which require the assistance of an external service provider, the CEIC will reimburse the firm for 50% of the costs of engaging the service provider to a maximum reimbursement of $20,000. 

 Clean energy companies include those involved in the production of energy from renewable or low carbon sources includes solar, wind, wave, tidal, low-emission coal, biofuels, and geothermal as well as in the supply chains of the production process.  Other clean energy related initiatives may also be considered. 

The CEIC will also be a key element of the network for the clean energy sector and will be able to connect clean energy firms, even if they are not eligible for a business review.  Another program available through CEIC is the Researchers in Business Program where researchers from universities, the CSIRO and public research agencies are placed within clean energy firms to help develop and implement a new idea.  Funding for up to 50% of salary costs to a maximum of $50,000 is available for placements of 2 to 12 months.

Justin Blows.



US is the wind power leader by Justin Blows
July 29, 2009, 10:00 am
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According to this article, the U.S. now has just over 29,000 megawatts of wind power installed, making it the clear global leader in wind power.  Wind power capacity is also increasing faster in the US than any where else.

Justin Blows



Cleantech venture captial increases by Justin Blows
July 29, 2009, 9:56 am
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According to this article, clean technology venture investments in North America, Europe, China and India, totaled $1.2 billion across 94 companies during 2Q09.

Justin Blows



Moree to host biodiesel from algae plant by Justin Blows
July 28, 2009, 9:25 am
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According to this article, Moree Plains Shire Council is about to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Australian owned company Cubic QED, to manufacture biodiesel from algae.

Justin Blows



Better Place to launch in Canberra by Justin Blows
July 27, 2009, 8:55 am
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According to this news article, Better Place – a company that plans to roll out electric car battery charging points and battery swap stations every where – has selected Canberra as the first Australian city to launch operations.

Justin Blows