Griffith Hack Clean & Sustainable Technologies

Solar PV still growing explosively by Justin Blows
June 30, 2010, 9:44 am
Filed under: Feature

According to this report, global photovoltaic (PV) demand is on the up and up for 2010 and should end up making double the rate of installations over last year.

Justin Blows

Garbage floating in Pacific to become island by Justin Blows
June 30, 2010, 9:41 am
Filed under: Feature

According to this report, in what must be one of the most ambitious and inspiring projects ever, scientists want to turn the huge patch of floating garbage, mostly plastic, at the North Pacific Gyre into a big island.

It would certainly be a challenge protecting the idea with one or more patents .. but I have some ideas!

Justin Blows

Water innovation in Australia: Pipeline to Profit? by Griffith Hack

As a country which has continually had to deal with the scarcity of water, Australia is ideally placed to become a leader in the US$400 billion global water market.  But a detailed analysis of our water innovation patents by Griffith Hack in the report ‘Pipeline to Profit?’ has found Australian companies are failing to leverage their valuable intellectual property (IP) into global markets.

The paper finds: “Few applicants are developing a critical mass of patented technology to support their export ambitions. Australian applicants are filing more patents in the water technology area than in most other areas, but the majority of these patents are for domestically oriented inventions.”

“It has been estimated that global water consumption is doubling every 20 years, which is recognised as an unsustainable rate,” notes Griffith Hack Senior Associate, Dr Mary Turonek.

“Australia has built up significant expertise in managing demand for water using technologies – and there is a potential for Australia to export this expertise to the world. But we are not securing our innovative ideas and products for the multi-billion-dollar export market.”

Click here for the full report.

Renewable Energy Scheme Update – Boardroom Radio Australia Webcast by Griffith Hack
June 24, 2010, 3:34 pm
Filed under: Feature

Dr Justin Blows, Patent Attorney at Griffith Hack, and John Grimes, CEO of Australia Solar Energy Society, conducted a radio webcast on the government’s Renewable Energy Target legislation. The government is hoping that amendments to the legislation will pass this week and revitalise the scheme, so that 20% of all of  Australia’s electricity will come from renewable sources by 2020.

To listen to the webcast Click Here.

June 23, 2010, 4:25 pm
Filed under: Feature


Industry responds to RET solar amendments

The cost of solar panels and solar hot water could soar under changes made to the Renewable Energy Target yesterday.
Without proper debate, the Government and Opposition have opened the door to a dramatic cut in the incentives paid to Australian families to invest in solar panels and solar hot water systems. That would be bad news for Australian families and bad news for solar companies. The Government’s amendment to its own Renewable Energy Target (RET) gives a mechanism for the Government to alter the price of renewable energy certificates (REC’s) paid to small scale solar, including photovoltaics (PV) and solar hot water.
The amendment also flags an effective target of 6 million small scale solar REC’s in 2015, and does not rule out making changes to the REC price paid to small scale solar well before that.
To put this change in context, in 2009 there were 10.16 million REC’s created from small scale solar installations.
“If 6 million REC’s by 2015 becomes the new target, the Government has effectively made a commitment to deliver half the solar in 2015, that it delivered in 2009. This is despite the legislative phase out of electric hot water systems from 2012, that will drive increased take up of solar hot water” said John Grimes, the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Solar Energy Society (AuSES).
If the Government sticks to the 6 million target outlined in the legislation, it is likely that the REC price paid in 2015 and beyond for solar PV and solar hot water could be well under $20, about half the level proposed by the Government just months ago,” said Grimes. “Solar is a key component in helping the Government meet its target of a 20% of electricity coming from renewable energy 2020, and should be a major player going forward. This change means that small scale solar has been largely taken off the table, at a time when we should be powering ahead with massive community support”, said Grimes.
The Government must today rule out any cut to the incentive paid to Australian families to take action on climate change based on 6 million certificates by 2015, and clarify the process for changing the price of Renewable Energy Certificates going forward.
Solar companies are looking for certainty and proper support, and this amendment delivers neither.

For additional information or to schedule an interview with the CEO of the AuSES, John Grimes please contact:
0400 102 396

PO Box 148 Frenchs Forest NSW 1640

Australia: 100% renewable power by 2020 acheivable by Justin Blows
June 23, 2010, 10:37 am
Filed under: Feature

The not for profit organisation Beyond Zero Emissions has released a synopsis of their report titled Australian Sustainable Energy; Zero Carbon Australia Stationary Energy Plan

The synopsis states that Australia could for the cost of a cup of coffee a day for every Australian, feasibly source 100% of all of Australia’s electricity from renewable sources by 2020, many times more than the 20% that the government is planning.  In particular, the report has a plan for supplying 60% of Australia’s electricity from solar, and the reminder from wind.

The report's proposed 100% renewable grid

It is an interesting report.  In contrast to previous reports that concentrate on the economics, this report includes engineering details.

Justin Blows

Solar Energy in Australia: Trends and Forecast – Not to Be Missed Special One Day Event! by Griffith Hack
June 22, 2010, 12:31 pm
Filed under: Feature

Perth 2nd July 2010 – Duxton Hotel 

The Australian Solar Energy Society proudly presents this special event.  Drawing on our expertise in Solar Energy in Australia (stretching back to 1954), this one day seminar, to be led by Australia’s foremost Solar Experts, will give participants an informative ‘snapshot’ of solar energy in Australia, highlighting emerging trends and opportunities. 

Bringing together the best solar analysts and commentators, this event is perfect for anyone wanting to get a concise, credible, and informative insight into Solar Energy in Australia. 

Whether you are coming to do business, network, be informed by industry leaders, or explore specific solar related themes, this event is not to be missed. 

Speakers include:

– Dr Keith Lovegrove, ANU
– Dr Muriel Watt, Chair, Australian Photovoltaic Association
– Ric Brazzale, Director, Green Energy Trading
– Mark Twidell, Executive Director, Australian Solar Institute
– Professor Phillip Jennings, Murdoch University
– Mike Dymond, President Australian Solar Energy Society
– Tim O’Loughlin, South Australian Commissioner for Renewable Energy

And many others….
To for more information, or to book visit: