Having pivoted, practiced and perfected their pitches, the startup teams from MAP 2016 are off to Silicon Valley for the next couple of weeks to pitch to potential investors and clients there. Good luck all, particularly Cam and Nick from Allume and Joep from Shacky, who we've advised and worked with this year.
Relectrify's Valentin Muenzel was nominated by the University of Melbourne to present their unique re-purposing technology for lithium batteries at the Falling Walls conference in Berlin on 9 November this year. A list of the startups who presented is here. Congratulations Valentin and team!
Great to attend the MEI/ Grattan Institute "pathways to decarbonisation" discussion tonight with Dr Sara Bice, Jeremy Bentham (Shell Scenarios), Prof Ross Garnaut and Tony Wood. Some take aways: CCS is dependent on a Carbon price for investment $ (Bentham, Garnaut). Without CCS, there's no future for fossil fuels (and much of Shell's booked reserves are un-burnable). So why is Shell not out there campaigning heavily for a carbon price? Forecasting energy technology mix is virtually impossible to get right (e.g. 5 years ago, geothermal forecast to be leading source of renewable energy in Aust by 2050). But by creating scenarios - or by utilising some of the scenarios created by those with deep pockets such as Shell - we can test some of the policy and strategy options we have today.
Matt and Rhys Sullivan from Hux Connect have simply fabulous technology for monitoring and analysing indoor environment quality - and for presenting this in simple ways that make decision making for facilities managers easy. They've been nominated for an Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating Award and are off to Sydney to the AIRAH Gala. Congratulations team there's a lot of hard work that's gone into this! Looking forward to seeing Hux's next steps.