Griffith Hack Clean & Sustainable Technologies

Volvo cars made out of batteries? by Griffith Hack
September 30, 2010, 10:47 am
Filed under: News

With a headline referring to Volvo cars being made out of batteries, you could be forgiven for thinking that Volvo want to make heavy cars made out of recycled lead from batteries.  Instead, Volvo are investigating how to incorporate batteries into the panels. 

Conceivably, the weight saving would be sensational, as well as dealing with difficult packaging problems.  There are likely to be some technical hurdles to overcome.  In the meantime, hats off to Volvo engineers for creative and innovative thinking!

Hayden Barke

Green ICT – report released by Justin Blows
September 30, 2010, 8:35 am
Filed under: Feature

According to this report, The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), has released a whitepaper titled ICT’s Role in the Low Carbon Economy.

The report apparently states adoption of Green ICT will generate plenty of money and Jobs for Australia, and also reduce carbon emissions.

Justin Blows

Most company’s still slow in cutting carbon by Justin Blows
September 30, 2010, 8:31 am
Filed under: Feature

According to this report, more than 80pc of top global companies are not achieving significant carbon emissions reductions, recent research has revealed.

Justin Blows

Water shortage means energy crunch by Justin Blows
September 29, 2010, 7:50 am
Filed under: Feature

According to this report, energy production is the second biggest user of water after agriculture in the US – and this is probably roughly right for many other countries like Australia. Given that we are running out of water, it doesn’t take much imagination to realise that energy security is going to decline with rising demands for water

Interestingly, the report suggests that biofuel production and geosequestration – often seen as clean technologies – are such veracious consumers of water it is unlikely that their use will be sustainable. Wind and solar are mentioned as technologies that typically require very low water use, and thus their use would boast energy security. I am not sure if they include solar thermal technologies, which often need large amounts of water for cooling.

Justin Blows

Oil from yeasts and molds by Justin Blows
September 27, 2010, 8:23 am
Filed under: Feature

According to this report, Finnish refiner Neste Oil has applied for patents to produce microbial oil from agricultural and industrial waste using yeasts and molds.

Justin Blows

Masdar city trials solar cooling by Justin Blows
September 27, 2010, 8:21 am
Filed under: Feature

Here is a report report on Masdar City’s trial of solar cooling.

Justin Blows

All-Energy Australia 2010 Conference by Griffith Hack
September 22, 2010, 11:12 am
Filed under: News

Only two weeks to go until the the 2010 All-Energy Australia Conference in Melbourne on October 6 & 7 at the Exhibition Centre in Southbank. We’re particularly looking forward to the ‘Conversation Cafe’ session that our very own Mike Lloyd is taking part in on the topic of: ‘Future Directions of Green Intellectual Property‘ on Thursday October 7 at 12:45pm in the exhibition hall.

Registration to attend this conference is free so sign up and come along to check out over 177 exhibitors and various sessions on renewable energy.

All-Energy Australia is the sister show to All-Energy UK, Europe’s largest all-renewables event which has now been running for 10 years; 1,750 people from 16 countries visited the highly successful Australian launch last year.