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Climate Tech

The collapse of the $30 billion Sun Cable project isn’t the end of Australia’s ambitions to export renewable energy

- January 16, 2023 4 MIN READ

Sun Cable – considered to be the world’s biggest renewable energy export project – announced this week it had entered voluntary administration following “the absence of alignment” with shareholders. Sun Cable is expected to cost over A$30 billion. It proposes to build an enormous, 12,000 hectare solar farm in the Northern Territory, add an enormous… Read more »

Professor Anita Ho-Baillie
Climate Tech

Breakthrough solar panel startup SunDrive teams up with Sydney University on $2.78 million research project

- January 6, 2023 3 MIN READ

A University of Sydney Professor developing cutting edge solar technology has received $2.78 million in research funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) to commercial the idea in a partnership with Sydney startup SunDrive. Professor Ho-Baillie, the John Hooke Chair of Nanoscience at the university’s the School of Physics and Sydney Nano Hub, is… Read more »

Climate Tech

Why waiting for biotech to solve climate change problems could make things worse for the environment, rather than better

- November 29, 2022 3 MIN READ

The world is under growing pressure to find sustainable options to cut emissions or lessen the impacts of climate change. Technology entrepreneurs from around the globe claim to have the solutions – not just yet, but soon. The biotech sector in particular is now using climate change as an urgent argument for more government funding,… Read more »

Climate Tech

Why it’s a golden age for climate tech investors who get saving the planet as a bonus ROI

- November 7, 2022 4 MIN READ

A convergence of tailwinds and current market conditions make this an unparalleled time for climate technology.  Climate tailwinds are coming in the form of new government policy and public dollars to support climate solutions are being announced (and now deployed) at unprecedented levels.  Also, corporations now see decarbonisation as an imperative and being a leader… Read more »

Andrew Forrest
Climate Tech

Elon Musk bet on batteries, fellow billionaire Twiggy Forrest on green hydrogen – but we’ll need both to power the future

- October 11, 2022 3 MIN READ

The battle of the billionaires has become the stuff of headlines. The world’s richest man, Elon Musk, has gone head-to-head with Australia’s richest man, billionaire Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest. Musk, founding investor in battery-powered car giant Tesla, has famously mocked hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles as “mind-bogglingly stupid”. Forrest has just placed a very large bet on green… Read more »

Climate Tech

Female-founded threatened species startup Xylo Systems is one of 8 ventures backed by Investible’s new Climate Tech fund

- October 4, 2022 3 MIN READ

Xylo Systems, an AI-based data platform to help people manage and preserve threatened species, is one of eight companies backed in the first round of investment by Sydney VC Investible’s early-stage Climate Tech Fund. The total committed by Investible to the climate startups was not revealed, with the fund still raising towards its $100 million… Read more »

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Climate Tech

Victoria has $10 million to deal with one of the next decade’s biggest recycling problems: solar panels

- October 3, 2022 2 MIN READ

A $10 million program to tackle recycling solar panels has been launched in Victoria. Breakthrough Victoria,  a company managing a $2 billion fund set up by the Victorian government to make the state a global leader in innovation, has launched the $10 million Solar Waste Challenge, to invest in solar waste reduction solutions. More than… Read more »

Climate Tech

Clean tech startup Greener teams up with retail association to help small business cut carbon

- September 19, 2022 2 MIN READ

Peak retail group, the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) has formed a partnership with clean-tech startup Greener to help retail and hospitality small businesses move towards net-zero emissions. The deal will see them co-design a new digital solution, Greener Business, to help ARA members understand and prioritise the steps they can take to reduce their carbon… Read more »

Climate Tech

The Ocean Impact Pitchfest is back and seeking startups to make the sea healthier

- August 9, 2022 2 MIN READ

Australian environmental startup accelerator and investor Ocean Impact Organisation  (OIO) is once again running its annual  Ocean Impact Pitchfest, to find, support and accelerate startups working on solutions to transform ocean health. Startups have the chance to win a A$50,000 cash prize, with an additional $50,000 up for grabs for startups working on specific ocean challenge… Read more »

Climate Tech

Environmental impact startup Wilderlands is protecting Australia’s biodiversity, a metre at a time

- August 9, 2022 2 MIN READ

A new Australian startup is giving people the chance to permanently protect high value conservation land one square metre at a time. Wilderlands is the brainchild of sixth generation farmer and conservationist Paul Dettmann, CEO Ash Knop and CMO Heath Evans, who’ve developed what they’ve dubbed Biological Diversity Units, which offer a simple way to… Read more »

Climate Tech

10 promising climate change startups in the new EnergyLab accelerator program

- July 28, 2022 3 MIN READ

Ten Australian startups have been chosen for EnergyLab’s 2022 Climate Solutions Accelerator, banking $750,000 between then to focus on tackling climate change. The six month EnergyLab accelerator provides climate tech startups with an initial pre-seed investment as well as coaching, industry partnerships and assistance in raising further capital for their global ambitions. EnergyLab’s CEO Megan… Read more »

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Climate Tech

3 Australian impact startups named in real estate industry-backed global challenge to improve ESG

- July 28, 2022 2 MIN READ

Three Australian startups have been chosen among a dozen companies to be part of the RealTechX ESG Impact program.   Insect-based organic waste management startup Bardee; accessibility solution for people with a disability, BindiMaps; and construction site environmental monitoring venture SiteHive will be among the 12 startups in the Taronga Ventures-backed program. ESG Impact received more than… Read more »

Climate Tech

EnergyLab teams up with global clean energy accelerator to take climate tech startups offshore

- June 21, 2022 2 MIN READ

Local largest climate tech startup accelerator EnergyLab has signed a partnership deal with New Energy Nexus (NEX) to help Australian startups expand into overseas markets. The deal will see EnergyLabs embrace international startups keen to expand into the Australian market, as well as giving local ventures access to offshore customers, capital, and resources in regions such… Read more »

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GASLIGHTED: Mike Cannon-Brookes scores emphatic win as AGL dumps demerger plan. So what happens next?

- May 30, 2022 4 MIN READ

Billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes has won a major battle against Australia’s biggest energy company, AGL Energy, thwarting its plan to split up the company’s coal-heavy generation and power distribution assets. AGL’s board announced it was dumping its demerger proposal this morning. Heads have rolled too. Chief executive Graeme Hunt, chairman Peter Botten and non-executive director Jacqueline… Read more »