Griffith Hack Clean & Sustainable Technologies

Paddy Manning reports carbon capture and storage problematic by Justin Blows
July 19, 2010, 9:38 am
Filed under: Feature

The Sydney Morning Herald journalist Paddy Manning went to a US carbon capture and storage conference and his report is here.

It is a very sobering read. If what he says is right, there are few experts that actually believe that carbon capture and storage of emissions from coal fired power plants will become a widespread solution.

He also states of the Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute: “The institute is eager to convey it is an entrepreneurial and private organisation, which can somehow allow technology transfer without breaching patent rights. Tough gig”

I am not so sure it is a tough gig. The computer industry is a great example of how people cross license their patent rights and buy others where needed to get hold of the technology they want. In many ways, patents make an very good vehicle for the transfer of technical ideas. How else do you know what you are getting unless the intellectual property is formalised? Is there any reason to believe that this or a similar scenario will not be repeated for carbon capture and storage technologies? I don’t think so.

I believe that the Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute paid for him to go to the conference but I would think they are now regretting that decision.

Justin Blows


Green claims land plastic bag manufacturer in Australian court by Justin Blows
July 16, 2010, 8:22 am
Filed under: Feature

According to this report, a manufacturer of plastic bags has been advertising their product as biodegradable, but the watchdog ACCC has taken the manufacturer to court alleging that the advertising is misleading.

This is yet another example of how “green claims” can land you in hot water with the law if there is any doubt. The ACCC has taken many such actions so it is no idle threat.

Many similar actions have taken place in the US and the UK, for example.

Justin Blows

Environment the big winner in Ausinnovation by Griffith Hack
July 15, 2010, 5:16 pm
Filed under: News

The inaugural on-line innovation competition held in conjunction with the Australia’s Ausinnovation festival April/May 2010 clearly showed the passion Australians in general have for preserving their environment. The competition was hosted on the popular Spigit  ideas management platform, which provided participants with the ability not only to submit their ideas for public feedback but also to attract “investment” of notional currency in their idea, simulating a real world venture capital market. The winning ideas resulted from a combination of “market value” and the expertise of our judging panel. See this link for more.

CARNEGIE looking offshore for cash by Justin Blows
July 15, 2010, 5:14 pm
Filed under: Feature

According to this report,lingering uncertainty over the nation’s climate change policy means the WA-based company Carnegie Wave Energy is increasingly reliant on financial support from foreign investors.

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Is now the time to strike? by Justin Blows
July 9, 2010, 2:58 pm
Filed under: Feature

Innovators may be feeling that the wheels have fallen off Australia’s low carbon future, with postponement of the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme legislation untill 2013.

I would be careful acting on those feeling.  I heard the CEO of AGL, Michael Fraser speak today at an AMCHAM event.  AGL is a large energy company.  His view was that a low carbon future is inevitable and he is positioning AGL accordingly.  I’ve got a feeling that he is not the only heavy hitter with a positive long term view on a low carbon future.

Now would be a fantastic time to innovate and protect.  While others are feeling that it’s not worth the effort, those that invent and protect now could end up with an overwhelming commercial advantage when things start moving again on the political front as they must.

Justin Blows

Obama puts $US2B into solar by Justin Blows
July 8, 2010, 3:56 pm
Filed under: Feature

According to this report, US President Obama announced $2 billion to be invested in solar companies Abengoa Solar Inc. and Abound Solar Manufacturing.

The money will support a solar thermal development by Abengoa Solar Inc., and thin film PV panel manufacturing plant by Abound Solar Manufacturing.

Justin Blows

Smart meters in Perth by Justin Blows
July 7, 2010, 9:20 am
Filed under: Feature

According to this report, a “smart meter” that will allow residents to keep tabs on how much electricity individual appliances use and monitor cost will be trialed in 2000 Perth homes.

Justin Blows