Griffith Hack Clean & Sustainable Technologies

Ocean Energy – the wave of the future? by Griffith Hack

Although solar, wind and clean coal continue to attract the majority of the attention as clean energy options for the future, wave and tidal power may also play a major part in future energy production.

A recent visit to the All Energy Conference  showed that there are at least three Australian companies developing wave technology. Namely: Biopower, Oceanlinx and CETCO, who are all developing alternative means of capturing wave or tidal energy. 

New Zealand is also at the forefront of investing in wave power, with 14 different projects considered, ranging from capturing the deep sea energy in the Cook Strait that separates Wellington from the South Island; to capturing the energy in the strong tides in one of New Zealand’s largest harbours.

Wave power has tremendous potential as base load power as it is pretty reliable and available twenty four hours a day.  However, there are also likely to be significant engineering challenges such as maintenance in some extreme environments.  The combination of economic potential and engineering challenges is leading inventors to come up with a whole range of quite different solutions.

No one solution has started to dominate yet.  From an IP viewpoint, this makes wave power perhaps more interesting than some other clean technologies, where the engineering is now starting to mature.

Another important question that developers need to consider is the breadth of the claims of their patents and their competitor’s patents.  A smart innovator might find that while their patented invention did not succeed in its own right, their patents do claim a more successful invention developed by another company.  Or vice-versa.

I for one will be watching this space with much interest in the future.

Mike Lloyd


Cleantech Global 100 entries open by Justin Blows
May 31, 2009, 3:48 pm
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Later this year, the Cleantech Group and the Guardian will publish the Cleantech Global 100, a list of the 100 most promising private clean technology companies on the planet.

Entry forms need to be submitted before nominations close June 30th, 2009. The final list of 100 private companies will be derived from nominations and the views of a panel of experts to reflect the combined wisdom of the international cleantech community.

Australia gets serious about clean energy by Justin Blows
May 13, 2009, 8:29 am
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According to this report, the Federal Government has committed $4.5 billion to clean energy in the 2009-10 Budget, which it says will reduce emissions and boost employment.

A Case Study for the Sustainable Revolution by Griffith Hack
April 24, 2009, 4:20 pm
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In this article taken from Australian Anthill Magazine (April/May/June edition), Justin Blows discusses the importance of getting Intellectual Property in order from the get go, with a particular focus on emerging clean and sustainable businesses.

Permission for use given by Australian Anthill Magazine.

Melbourne Lands International Clean Energy Expo by Griffith Hack

Victoria has beaten other states and countries to be the first outside the UK to host one of the world’s most highly-regarded renewable and clean energy expos, Energy and Resources Minister Peter Batchelor has announced.

Mr Batchelor said the All-Energy Australia Expo and Conference would be held on 7 and 8 October this year at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Australian scientists discover biomass & biochar benefits by Justin Blows
January 20, 2009, 9:56 am
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The first Asia-Pacific Biochar Conference will take place on the Gold Coast from 17–19 May 2009.

Heating biomass to generate synthetic gases has proven to be a great way to generate electricity without adding net greenhouse gas emissions.  But recently, scientists have realised that the bi-product, biochar, when added to soil both boasts soil fertility and sequesters carbon over the long term. 

Professor Tim Flannery has advocated the great potential of biochar’s multiple benefits. ‘The biochar approach provides a unique powerful solution, for it allows us to address food security, the fuel crisis and the climate problem, and all in an immensely practical manner.’

‘With the appropriate political and technical recognition, promotion and adoption, it will change our world forever, and very much for the better,’ he wrote.

Read more here.

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Griffith Hack client Geodynamics a winner by Justin Blows
January 20, 2009, 9:28 am
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Griffith Hack client Geodynamics has been named a winner by IEEE Spectrum magazine for the best technologies in 2009.  Geodynamics is the world leader in electrical power generation using engineered geothermal systems.


Here is an earlier post on geothermal power.


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