Griffith Hack Clean & Sustainable Technologies

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Solar PV growth staggering by Justin Blows
September 21, 2010, 9:52 am
Filed under: Feature

According to this report, the world solar PV industry is on target to deliver more than 15 GW of installations this year. That is staggering.

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Does China squeeze IP out of foreign CleanTech companies? by Justin Blows
September 21, 2010, 9:47 am
Filed under: Feature

According to this report, foreign carmakers in China have to give up their trade secrets such as battery technology or electric motors to their new partners. This “sharing” clause was one of the main reasons that Toyota stopped the Chinese rollout of the Prius back in March.

I have not looked into this issue in detail, so I can’t confirm it. But, this sort of thing is definitely something to look out for if doing business in China.

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