After a year of unprecedented disruption the time for cleantech is now, as communities, organisations and governments seek cleaner, more sustainable and more equitable forms of economic growth.
As an extension of the National Cleantech Conference & Exhibition (NCTCE) and subsequent Cleantech Conversations webinar series, the Virtual Cleantech Conference & Exhibition (VCTCE) will take place 24-26 November.
The National Cleantech Conference & Exhibition (NCTCE) has partnered with SA Partners to develop its first digital masterclass.
Raising capital and securing investment for cleantech innovation in today’s market will be the focus of the latest instalment of the National Cleantech Conference & Exhibition’s (NCTCE) webinar series.
According to NCTCE Director Peta Moore, the webinar series, Cleantech Conversations, has been well received to date, with over 100 registrations for each event.
“Next week we have an excellent panel of investment heavy hitters discussing the expectations of private equity, capital markets and governments for investment in cleantech in 2020,” she said.
Providence Asset Group’s Matthew Muller will facilitate the discussion with a panel of industry leaders explaining how they navigate the investment landscape, the opportunities in public-private funding and the core tenants of good investment.
Panelists include: The Table Club CEO James Burkitt, NERA GM Innovation and Stakeholder Engagement and NCTCE Advisory Panel Member Paul Hodgson, UNSW Knowledge Exchange Director Warwick Dawson and Societe Generale Australia Managing Director Energy & Natural Resources Stephen Craen.
Date: Thursday 2 July
Time: 12:30 – 1:30pm
Waste Management Review speaks with Veena Sahajwalla about a decentralised approach to sustainable materials research and technology.
The National Cleantech Conference & Exhibition (NCTCE) is launching a webinar series to highlight cleantech innovation and opportunities ahead of the March 2021 event.
Commencing 28 May, program topics include: how are local government sustainability leaders preparing for the ‘next normal’? Building back better – what does COVID-19 mean for cleantech? and why is clustering more important than ever? How the European Cleantech industry is adapting to the post pandemic era.
“With so much innovation and ‘pivoting’ happening in the cleantech industry as a result of these unprecedented times, we could not wait until 2021 to share these great stories with our NCTCE community,” an NCTCE statement reads.
According to NCTCE organisers, despite devastation wrought by the coronavirus, a post-COVID world offers huge opportunities for the cleantech industry.
“As the world collectively realises that we can’t return to ‘normal’, many are seeing this as a magic moment in time to re-shape economies, societies and improve the way we work and live,” the statement reads.
“New technology, sustainability and collaboration will most certainly be part of this new landscape. Best of all, it looks like our political leaders are finally listening to scientists.”
The curated program of live, interactive virtual events will tap into NCTCE’s speaker alumni, industry innovators and thought leaders.
“Some sessions will ponder the ‘big questions’ whilst others will drill down on innovations and case studies from each of the various cleantech sectors,” the statement reads.
“You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions, network (virtually), learn and be inspired – all from the comfort of your own WFH desk.”
Thursday 4th June – Building back better – what does COVID-19 mean for cleantech?
The current COVID-19 health crisis has been identified as an unprecedented opportunity to align the immediate Australian pandemic response with the imperatives of sustainability.
This includes the opportunity to develop a new industrial policy mix and stimulate innovation and investment in sustainable technologies.
What are the opportunities for the Australian Cleantech industry and, more importantly, how can they ensure the voice of industry is heard?
Facilitated by: Paul Hodgson, GM Innovation and Stakeholder Engagement NERA and NCTCE Advisory Panel Member.
Panellists: Dr Sarah Pearson, Innovation Lead and Deputy Director-General, Queensland Department of State Development, Tourism and Innovation. John O’Brien, Partner, Energy Transition & Decarbonisation, Deloitte Financial Advisory. Stephen Robertson, Director-Stakeholder Engagement and Strategy, Planet Ark Power.
To register click here.
Thursday 18th June – How are our cleantech innovators preparing for the post-COVID-19 world?
A post-pandemic world offers both immense opportunity and challenge for cleantech innovators and producers.
While it has served to shine a light on the next crisis and the role cleantech can play, crucial investment and research funding is now being channelled into more immediate and short term recovery projects, or has dried up altogether.
Hear from Australian cleantech innovators on how they are powering through the crisis and preparing for the ‘next normal’.
Facilitated by: Yasmin Grigaliunas, CEO and Co-Founder, World’s Biggest Garage Sale
Panellists: Graham Ross, Co-Founder, Blocktexx. Further panellists to be announced
To register click here.
For more information on the NCTCE webinar series click here.
Peta Moore, National Cleantech Conference and Exhibition Director, highlights sustainable investment opportunities ahead of the August event.
As a novel approach to waste-to-energy (WtE), Moving Injection Horizontal Gasification technology works to sidestep the scaling issues often associated with traditional combustion technology.
Developed by Brisbane company Wildfire Energy, the technology converts biomass and waste feedstocks into energy and chemicals via a gas treatment train. With the ability to process a range of material without pre-treatment, Wildfire Energy’s current pilot product can convert between 20 to 100 kilotons of waste feedstock per annum – thereby offering an alternative solution for small-scale investment.
Moving Injection Horizontal Gasification will be one of many emerging cleantech technologies showcased at the 3-4 August National Cleantech Conference and Exhibition (NCTCE) in Brisbane.
Now in its second year, the conference will explore cleantech, an umbrella term for investment in sustainable products and services, as an instigator of innovation, creative collaborations and inclusive prosperity.
According to Peta Moore, NCTCE Event Director, cleantech is a growing sector in Australia, with an array of innovative organisations working to transform waste into economic, social and environmental opportunities.
Peta says sustainable waste management is vital to assist the transition to a circular economy.
“Some of the greatest barriers to achieving this are poor infrastructure and technology, and a lack of awareness of alternative solutions, which is what we’re hoping to address at NCTCE.”
The upcoming conference, Peta says, will showcase a number of innovative cleantech organisations, including Wildfire Energy and Licella.
“Wildfire Energy will present operational data from its pilot program and plans for a future commercial demonstration project in Queensland,” she says.
As a national platform, the event will bring together major players across the cleantech sector to exhibit new technology and research.
Peta says this year’s event will explore how cleantech can help fast-track sustainable growth. “At a time when people are asking what can be done?, this national conference will provide an insight into the solutions that exist today, or are in the start-up phase ready for investment,” Peta says.
Peta explains that plastic recycling generally takes two forms: physical and chemical. Physical focuses on the repurposing of resources, while chemical takes the material back one step further to its chemical building blocks to make brand new materials.
Drawing on a theme of problem plastic, Peta highlights Licella as another standout presenter.
“What if instead of seeing a plastics recycling crisis, Australia looks to lead the world towards a plastic neutral future? Licella will explore the opportunities of chemical recycling as a circular solution for end-of-life plastic at NCTCE,” she says.
Licella will present on its Cat-HTR technology, which transforms plastic waste into an oil, which can function as a direct substitute for fossil oil.
“This oil can be used to make fuels, chemicals and new plastics, plus the solution is commercial-ready, giving end-of-life plastic new life and transforming it into a truly circular resource,” Peta says.
The NCTCE team is currently seeking expressions of interest from event sponsors and exhibitors looking to highlight similar innovations to an audience of cleantech producers, users and policy makers.
“This is a multi-sector event. We understand that addressing the problems of today requires a holistic approach across technologies, behaviours and policies,” Peta says.
“Our speaker program aims to spotlight best-practice case studies, innovative partnerships and new business models, to help delegates navigate their way through the implementation process.
The National Cleantech Conference and Exhibition (NCTCE) is seeking expressions of interest from event sponsors and exhibitors looking to showcase clean technology innovations.
In its second year, NCTCE will take place at the Brisbane Conference and Exhibition Centre on the 3-4 August.
Cleantech’s 2020 theme is fast tracking sustainable growth, with a program covering all sectors including water, energy, waste, mobility, agriculture, manufacturing and built environment.
According NCTCE Event Director Peta Moore, developing clean technologies is key to mitigating the impact of climate change, while creating new economic opportunities.
“I, like so many, am filled with horror as I watch the fires destroy so much of our country. While I am one of the lucky people not personally affected by the flames and smoke, it has still been an emotional time, a time of despair and frustration,” she said.
Ms Moore said after years working in the cleantech sector, she knows of multiple organisations, businesses, start-ups and innovators developing sustainable solutions around the country.
“As a team of conference organisers, my business, Nectar Creative Communications, is doing what we know how to do best. We are putting on NCTCE and are determined to make a positive impact on this issue by supporting the sector’s growth and commercial implementation,” she said.
The two-day program will focus on cleantech as an instigator of innovation, economic development, creative collaborations and inclusive prosperity.
Program Director Tiffany Bower said the national platform will bring all the major players from the cleantech sector together.
“NCTCE is not focussed on just one solution – it’s a multi-sector event – because it will take a holistic approach, across technologies, behaviours and policies,” she said.
“The conversations at the event will encompass energy, water, waste, built environment, transport, agriculture and manufacturing, because these days, projects aren’t just an ‘energy’ project or a ‘water’ project – they are often across all of these sectors.”
Ms Bower said a key topic of the 2020 event will be investment opportunities and access to funding.
“Many people don’t realise there are government agencies at all levels already doing great work in this area. There is funding available and resources they can access to help build their cleantech innovation and business,” she said.
“Our speaker program aims to spotlight the best-practice case studies, the innovative partnerships and new business models to help delegates navigate their way through the implementation process.”
NCTCE is working in partnership with industry groups such as Climate-KIC, EnergyLab, Cities Power Partnership, Brisbane’s CitySmart and the Australian Electric Vehicle Association.
“It’s really important to us that this conference is accessible to the small businesses and start-ups that comprise the majority of the cleantech industry,” Ms Moore said.
“We have kept ticket prices as low as possible, while ensuring a world-class education and professional development program.”
Tickets go on sale mid-February. For more information click here.
The National Cleantech Conference & Exhibition (NCTCE) is calling for industry experts, researchers, non-government and government organisations and consortiums to participate in its 2020 speaker program.
NCTCE provides a national platform for collaboration, learning, networking and business between innovators, investors, producers and commercial end-users of clean technology.
An NCTCE spokesperson said the program covers all sectors including water, energy, waste, transport, agriculture, manufacturing and the built environment.
“The NCTCE, the only multi-sector Cleantech event in Australia, is seeking contributions from various disciplines, skills, knowledge bases and experience,” the spokesperson said.
“Do you have a new solution to announce, project success to feature or company case study to share with the Australian Cleantech Industry community?”
According to the spokesperson, industry experts such as Veena Sahajwalla and Arron Wood are already confirmed to speak.
“The theme for 2020 will be Cleantech: fast tracking sustainable growth, and focus on the opportunities for the Cleantech industry as an instigator of innovation, economic development, creative collaborations and inclusive prosperity,” the spokesperson said.
NCTCE will run 3 to 4 August 2020 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.