Boundless Earth, Eytan Lenko
Climate Tech

Mike Cannon-Brookes is ramping up the climate tech founder pipeline with Startmate

- May 4, 2023 2 MIN READ

Startmate and Boundless Earth, the philanthropic venture of Mike Cannon-Brookes, have accelerated their partnership to recruit and upskill 300 new founders and operators into climate tech startups over the next 18 months.  Startmate has launched its inaugural Climate Tech Fellowship last week as part of the plan. The 8-week virtual program with Boundless Earth is… Read more »

Manon Beauchamp-Tardieu plastic
Climate Tech

This startup sells packaging that composts in 90 days

- April 21, 2023 2 MIN READ

A climate tech startup developed by a fashion designer is transforming sugar can waste into coffee cups and cutlery that breaks down quickly into compost after it’s been used  Little Green Panda was founded by Manon Beauchamp-Tardieu, who launched her side hustle while working as an accessories fashion designer at Zara. Her sustainable packaging startup offers… Read more »

Pleasant State
Climate Tech

These female founders set out to change household cleaning with an eco-friendly focus

- April 18, 2023 3 MIN READ

Concerns over cleaning chemicals and single-use plastics have led two female founders to launch a startup to create eco-friendly and more sustainable household cleaning solutions. Pleasant State  was founded in 2020 Ami Bateman and Sian Murray with a vision to rid households of toxic chemicals, replacing them with healthier, just-add-water cleaning solutions, also putting an… Read more »

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Why thermal energy storage is the overlooked solution to Australia’s renewable energy problems

- April 12, 2023 3 MIN READ

Australia’s transition to renewables is gathering speed, but there’s a looming problem with storage. We will need much more long-duration storage to get us through the night, once coal and fossil gas exit the system. We also need to find new and better ways to create heat for industrial processes. Renewables can supply much of… Read more »

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Advanced Navigation has developed a new AI platform for multi-drone operations in disaster management

- April 11, 2023 2 MIN READ

Drones are transforming beach patrols and disaster management in Australia, but there’s no easy way for operators to control multi-drone and multi-vehicle operations. So AI and robotics innovator Advanced Navigation has developed Cloud Ground Control (CGC), a platform to manage drone fleets.  It enables users to live-stream, control and send commands to drones remotely using… Read more »

NAS Batteries
Climate Tech

A remote Australian mine site has installed the country’s first sodium-sulfur battery

- April 6, 2023 2 MIN READ

The country’s first sodium-sulfur (NAS) battery is up and running at a mine in Western Australia as the industry explores new ways to transition to renewable energy. The Future Battery Industries Cooperative Research Centre (FBICRC) is behind the installation of the 250 kW/1.45 MWh Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) demonstration unit, which is designed for… Read more »

Neoen Hornsdale Battery Reserve
Climate Tech

CSIRO says Australia’s renewable energy storage capacity needs to 10x to keep the lights on

- March 29, 2023 2 MIN READ

The shift to renewable energy to meet net zero targets will mean Australia has to dramatically scale up its battery storage capacity, a new report from national science agency,CSIRO says. The Renewable Energy Storage Roadmap outlines a 10 to 14-fold increase is required in electricity storage capacity between 2025-2050 for the national electricity market (NEM) to… Read more »

Pallet Wrap
Climate Tech

Climate tech startup Great Wrap is now producing compostable pallet wrap

- March 16, 2023 2 MIN READ

Melbourne-based material science company, Great Wrap, has launched the world’s first compostable pallet wrap.  The alternative to plastic wrap is made with food waste to combat the global dependence on petroleum-based pallet wrap and plastic pollution.  Cofounders Jordy Kay and Julia Kay saw a materials revolution happening around them. Everything industry from energy, transport, and… Read more »

NSW Treasurer Matt Kean
Climate Tech

NSW puts $64 million into two green hydrogen hubs amid $1.5 billion in incentives now on the table

- March 3, 2023 2 MIN READ

The NSW government is investing $64 million into the state’s the first two green hydrogen hub projects, in the Illawarra and Moree, as it also opens up applications for $1.5 billion in concessions for large-scale green hydrogen producers. The initial recipients are the BOC Illawarra Hydrogen Technology Hub and Sundown’s Keytah cotton farm near Moree.… Read more »

Kite Magnetics team
Climate Tech

Aerospace startup Kite Magnetics has developed the world’s most powerful & lightest electric engine for planes

- February 28, 2023 2 MIN READ

Melbourne aerospace startup Kite Magnetics has revealed its 120 kW air-cooled electric motor, the world’s most powerful for planes, at the Avalon Air Show. The lightweight motor, made from a unique new magnetic material called Aeroperm, is more powerful than a small car engine but only weighs as much as  a full suitcase. Kite Magnetics… Read more »

Mike Cannon-Brookes
Climate Tech

Mike Cannon-Brookes backs new battery investment fund through his family VC Grok

- February 27, 2023 2 MIN READ

Atlassian cofounder and renewables advocate Mike Cannon-Brookes has backed a new fund to finance grid-scale battery projects via his family fund, Grok Ventures. Canberra-based specialist fund manager Infradebt announced that Grok, JANA Diversified Infrastructure Trust and several existing family office clients had participated in the first close of its Infradebt Energy Transition Fund (ETF). The… Read more »

RMIT Hydrogen researchers
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RMIT researchers have found a cheaper way to make green hydrogen from seawater

- February 14, 2023 2 MIN READ

Scientists at RMIT have made a breakthrough by developing a cheaper and more energy-efficient way to make hydrogen directly from seawater, without needing to desalinate the water. Hydrogen has long been touted as a sustainable alternative fuel and a potential solution to critical energy challenges, particularly for industries that are more difficult to transition to… Read more »

Ocean Impact, Tim Silverwood, Nick Chiarelli
Climate Tech

Applications are now open for the 2023 Ocean Impact Accelerator Program

- February 8, 2023 2 MIN READ

Australian environmental startup accelerator and investor Ocean Impact Organisation  (OIO) is again running its six-month accelerator program for startups working on solutions to transform ocean health. The not-for-profit seeks 10 “game-changing” startups working on sustainability solutions. Startups focusing on ocean-related issues can apply here.  The Ocean Impact Accelerator Program (OIAP) is an initiative that helps… Read more »

Good Car Co, Anton Vikstrom, Anthony Broese van Groenou, Sam Whitehead.
Climate Tech

EnergyLab is backing these 11 Australian lithium battery startups with plans to change the world

- February 2, 2023 2 MIN READ

Lithium is the new black as demand for electric vehicles and renewable energy batteries grows, so Australia’s largest climate tech startup accelerator EnergyLab, has decided to do something about it, backing 11 startups in the space in a new program Australia produces 60% of the world’s lithium, but only represents 1% of global product value… Read more »