Griffith Hack Clean & Sustainable Technologies

No carbon trading – the end of renewable technology startups? by Justin Blows
August 11, 2010, 8:31 am
Filed under: Feature

According to this report, Michael Dopita, co-editor of an Australian Academy of Science report on renewable energy, says Labor’s plan to delay the introduction of an emissions trading scheme and the Coalition’s plan to go without one will send some start-up companies developing renewable energy to the wall.

Australia’s solar industry is a classic case of what can go wrong in Australia’s renewable energy policy vacuum. Griffith Hack’s report on solar innovation in Australia ( showed that the proportion of Australian solar patents filed by Australian entities dropped very sharply over the last decade. In contrast, foreign entities greatly increased their rate of patent filing. It appears that foreigners know what the Australian governments do not – solar should have an astonishing future in Australia.

Justin Blows


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