Griffith Hack Clean & Sustainable Technologies

Australian Solar Flagship Details released by Justin Blows
October 30, 2009, 3:07 pm
Filed under: Feature

The Federal Government has released details about its $1.5 billion project to construct and demonstrate up to four large-scale solar power plants in Australia, using solar thermal and photovoltaic (PV) technologies.

More details are here.

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Dr Justin Blows – Boardroom Radio Australia Webcast by Griffith Hack
October 29, 2009, 1:00 pm
Filed under: Feature


Dr Justin Blows, Patent Attorney at Griffith Hack, conducted a radio webcast on the the success of Hybrid Vehicles resulting from patent dominance. To listen to the webcast Click Here.

Waste can power London by Justin Blows
October 29, 2009, 8:29 am
Filed under: Feature

According to this report, London’s rubbish could be used to generate electricity for up to two million homes.

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Solar industry roundtable broadcast by Griffith Hack

In a broadcast this week on Boardroom Radio Australia (, Dr Justin Blows led a roundtable discussion on the topic of solar energy with the following contributors: Richard Caldwell (Chairman, Dyesol), John Grimes (CEO, ANZ Solar Energy Society), Alistair Sproul (Associate Professor UNSW School of Photovoltaic & Renewable Energy Engineering) and John Dyson (Investment Principal, Starfish Ventures). 

The interactive broadcast allowed listeners to submit questions as it was in progress, directing the focus of the discussion.

The broadcast  explores the future of solar power as a viable renewable energy, and the medium to longer term commercial opportunities that exist in this area.  It was noted that Australia is currently behind other countries such as the US, China and Germany, in solar power usage and development.  Archaic government policies in the renewable technologies area, when compared with other countries, was one reason given for this.

The full broadcast is approximately 25 minutes long, click here to listen.

Biofuels worse than fossil fuels? by Justin Blows
October 23, 2009, 7:37 am
Filed under: Feature

According to this report, cellulosic biofuels will on average emit more carbon dioxide over the next few decades than burning petrol, according to a study published in the journal Science.

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Australia should lead in Solar Technology – International Energy Agency by Justin Blows
October 22, 2009, 10:13 am
Filed under: Feature

I found this interesting article in the Australian, 22 October 2009 – Justin Blows.

AUSTRALIA should take the lead in developing solar energy technology as part of the fight against global warming, the International Energy Agency’s chief economist says.

“We need a major (solar) program, a collective program,” the agency’s Fatih Birol said. “Australia has a lot of experience. In solar, Australia can also play a role.”

Speaking from Paris, Dr Birol said “solar energy has a very bright future” along with nuclear power. He said solar was potentially an easier option because it “enjoys a lot of public acceptance”.

Even with large investments in solar and nuclear, Dr Birol said the world would still need oil, but he warned it would not last. “My main motto never changes: the era of low oil prices is over,” he said.

Australia’s solar industry has had a chequered history, with researchers and manufacturers heading overseas over the past 15 years because of a perceived lack of federal government support.


Siemens buys Solel, a solar thermal company by Justin Blows
October 16, 2009, 8:46 am
Filed under: Feature

According to this report, Solel, a solar thermal company that has mainly been active in Europe, has a new owner: Siemens, a German conglomerate most recognized in cleantech for its wind turbines.

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