Griffith Hack Clean & Sustainable Technologies

Financier puts $1B of own money into Climate change mitigation technology by Justin Blows

According to this report, billionaire George Soros said he will invest $1 billion in clean-energy technology and create an organization to advise policy makers on environmental issues.

This is roughly the same order of magnitude of money as the current Australian Government has committed to Solar Energy.

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Global solar PV capacity: up 5.5 GW in 2009? by Justin Blows

According to this report, global solar PC installations are forecast to rise by 5.5 GW in 2009, a growth rate of 40%.  While still astronomical, this growth forecast is down from 60% in 2008.

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Solar storage for Whyalla by Justin Blows
April 23, 2009, 2:51 pm
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According to this report, Whyalla in South Australia is to build a solar thermal storage plant.

Masdar City: Strengthened protection for intellectual property by Justin Blows

The web site for Masdar city describes “the most ambitious sustainable development in the world today – it will be the world’s first zero carbon, zero waste city”.  A very impressive statement, and the money being invested in the project backs up this claim.

According to this article, the government has committed $15B to build  the 100% renewable energy city, which will also be a sustainable technologies  R&D centre with a higher education and research centre affiliated with MIT.

I noticed a commitment to strengthened intellectual property protection in the City, in what is an acknowledgment that strong IP rights are essential for developing clean and sustainable technologies, and attracting strong R&D companies.  I have been told of companies not investing in Clean Development Mechanism projects, for example, because of poor IP enforcement opportunities in countries like China, so Masdar’s strong position on IP is a very good one.

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Masdar city: Not your usual solar farm.

Masdar city: Not your usual solar farm.

Fast charge Lithium battery invented by Justin Blows
March 24, 2009, 9:14 am
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According to this report, MIT researches have invented a lithium iron phosphate battery that can charge in seconds rather than minutes. 

This is expected to have application for electric vehicles were fast charging and high discharge rates for rapid acceleration are desirable.

The researchers are confident that the technology could be brought to the market in a few years.

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2008 was great year for Solar PV. by Justin Blows
March 23, 2009, 8:12 am
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According to this report, solar PV grew 110% in 2008.  The leading markets were Spain, Germany, US, Korea, Italy and then Japan in that order.

The report suggests, as I have previously stated in a previous blog, that government policy and particularly feed in tariffs are the key driver for solar PV.  Let’s hope the feed in Tariffs proposed for the ACT and Victoria proceed!  If the Australian market responds to feed in tariffs as foreign markets have, it may be a good time to file your patent applications to protect your interests.

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Feed in tarriff for Victoria proposed by Justin Blows

According to this report, the Victorian government is proposing two solar initiatives, a 60c per kW/hr feed in tariff and a solar power plant.

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