Griffith Hack Clean & Sustainable Technologies

Climate change and the Archibald prize for portraiture by Justin Blows
March 31, 2010, 9:52 am
Filed under: Feature

The artist Giles Alexander entered The alternative ambassadors – Professors Ross Garnaut & Martin Green into the Archibald prize for portraiture.

Martin Green is a professor at the University of NSW and a prolific inventor in the area of solar PV, and Ross Garnaut is Australia’s leading climate change economist.

The alternative ambassadors (Professors Ross Garnaut & Martin Green) by Giles Alexander

I found this criticism of the work in the Sydney Morning Herald:

Giles Alexander’s The Alternative Ambassadors – a double portrait of professors Ross Garnaut and Martin Green in the garb of Hans Holbein’s The Ambassadors – is too tricksy for its own good. The centrepiece of Holbein’s work – a skull painted in anamorphic distortion – is replaced with a child, suggesting new hope rather than a memento mori. Such a cosy sentiment only serves as a reminder of the original meaning of the skulls in Old Master paintings: death puts an end to our petty vanities. The debate on climate change, as it currently stands, is cause for hubris rather than optimism.

Justin Blows


Solar PV surges ahead by Justin Blows
March 31, 2010, 9:45 am
Filed under: Feature

This report has some very interesting figures for solar PV:

– Over 6 GW installed in 2009, making the total 20GW
– Expected growth of 40% during 2010
– Top markets in order were Germany, Italy, Japan and US (what happened to Spain?)
– 3 GW installed in Europe in 2009
– Italy looks set to be best medium term market
– China and India expected to boom over next 5 years

Don’t let any one tell you solar is insignificant!

Justin Blows

The amazing China by Justin Blows
March 30, 2010, 6:54 am
Filed under: Feature

According to this report, with its investments growing 50 percent in 2009, China committed $34.6 billion to wind power, solar energy and other forms of renewable energy, making it the word’s biggest investor in such projects.

Justin Blows

Australia found wanting for cleantech investment by Justin Blows
March 30, 2010, 6:46 am
Filed under: Feature

According to this report, a global analysis of clean energy investment has found that Australia ranks 14th on the list of G20 countries for cleantech investment, behind Mexico and Turkey.

Justin Blows

Daimler and BYD cut deal on electric vehicles by Justin Blows
March 25, 2010, 6:51 am
Filed under: Feature

According to this report, German car company Daimler AG did a deal with BYD, the Chinese carmaker backed by American billionaire Warren Buffett, to jointly develop an electric vehicle to be sold in China, the world’s largest vehicle market.

What is really interesting about this deal is that Daimler and BYD will share new intellectual property out of the deal. This is a real show of confidence in the Chinese IP system by Daimler. In this sort of JV, the technologically more advanced company could be well and truly taken to the cleaners by the lesser if strong and enforceable IP protection and agreements are not in place.

Justin Blows

Is Australia missing out on the clean tech investment boom? Can fresh water be the next focus of this boom? by Griffith Hack
March 24, 2010, 9:08 am
Filed under: Feature

Business Spectator today has a very interesting article by Giles Parkinson “Missing the clean-tech upside” which is well worth checking out: (you may need to sign up to a free Business Spectator account to view this).

Among some key assertions:

– “the opportunity to lead on solar thermal, geothermal and wave energy technology has already passed by (Australia)”
– “Water technology could be an exception, if only because Australia faces a greater catastrophe on water than anyone else”

Griffith Hack is looking at innovation in the water sector at the moment, as evidenced by patent filing data. The good news is that Australia is performing better than in any other clean tech sector we have looked at – the bad news is that is we may be missing out on the opportunity to use this innovation to create a strong export impact. We wonder if an opportunity is being missed.

We strongly agree with Giles Parkinson – Australia’s shortage of fresh water is both a problem, and an opportunity to create a new industry. But will Australia grasp this opportunity?

As a matter of interest, how many people reading this blog are involved in the water sector? I would be interested in feedback on this.

Mike Lloyd

Mandatory disclosure of building energy use likely by Justin Blows
March 24, 2010, 6:36 am
Filed under: Feature

According to this report, owners of large commercial buildings in Australia will have to disclose energy efficiency information when putting buildings up for sale or lease, under laws introduced in parliament on Thursday.

Justin Blows