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An overview of Comemrcialisation and innovation development in Australia and the opportunities for Australian industry

An overview of Comemrcialisation and innovation development in Australia and the opportunities for Australian industry

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  • Good afternoon, a great pleasure to be here today. IMy name is Nigel Hennessy and I am the Chief Executive Officer of CleanTech Business Accelerator. My presentation today is made up of many pieces and I hope you are all going to learn a lot from my talk and hopefully stimulate a discussion with the illustrious panel made up of Ian Higgins – ex head of Green Peace and a paid-up environmentalist. He is supported by Peter Beaumont, a well respected Merchant Banker. These two people are Executive Directors of CleanTech Business Accelerator.
  • So a problem exists in commercialisation of technologies in general – so what about cleantech – how are things going in that space…?CLICKSadly our problems here are almost as frustrating as the Innovation Challenge before.
  • From Australia’s perspective there is a wondrous opportunity to take on a leading industrial role and become a world power.
  • But the truth is we are just lagging behind. We just aren’t good at Commercialisation – good at research, good at digging holes in the ground and good at buying overseas made products to fulfil our local needs. Just not good at creating a new industry and the companies that go with that!
  • So what about China? We know they are one of our biggest customers for resources…
  • This is quite a commitment into clean energy. It doesn’t mean 45% reduction on 2000 figures – it actually means the carbon is going up BUT it is being managed consistent with its growth rate less 45%.
  • Plenty of opportunities for Australian technology in China. BUT we must look forward and develop some technologies which would otherwise languish.
  • So what is the CleanTech Business Accelerator and how does it fits into the future of the country?Firstly is the change in understanding…Then comes a commitment from a number of different people and groups…
  • CTechBA was formed by a bunch of diverse and successful business people supported by a couple of academics to try and make a difference. If the market isnt going to spend on commercialisation what can we do to help? We recognised the problems ……and we developed a solution which became CTechBA.
  • We aren’t a VC or an Advisory Firm or any firm any of you have seen before. We are a professional management team with a track record in BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT. We are also willing to take some of the risk with the right opportunities.
  • The standard entrepreneur (and in this case I mean Entrepreneur) has real heachache…
  • In the development space, as we have already highlighted, it is very hard to source funding for an emerging business. HOWEVER, generally money isn’t the problem. It is getting all the necessary skills and opportunities and the resources (which includes money) to get the company across the Valley of Death. The area where an emerging company has little or no sales and must somehow get his business on the map in order to survive. In Australia, with VC’s having a series of problems over the years and seeing big returns coming from Private Equity have tended to move up maret leaving a void in investment and support which today is partly taken up by the Angel groups and High Net Worth and CTechBA.
  • Our difference is however that we embed an experienced and capable management and executive team with our clients. We may help as the Interim CEO and also by having an executive business development panel, but our real skill and capability is in providing all the missing skills and capabilities that small and emerging companies just cant have. Collectively CTechBA has over 200 man years of corporate experience plus we have a wealth of contacts in Australia and around the world. We focus on BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT and SALES to make sure the company is well placed to create business and hopefully in so doing may not need as much capital investment. Most companies want money so they can bring in skills – well in our case we use our skills to help the company grow and be successful with much or any need for venture capital.
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    • 1. China and clean technology implications for Australia
      Nigel Hennessy
    • 2. Innovation Challenge
    • 3. Australian Commercialisation Landscape
      Source: OECD, Main Science & Technology Indicators, Vol 2010/1
    • 4. Australian Commercialisation Landscape (2)
      Source: a. OECD, Main Science & Technology Indicators, Vol 2010/1b. OECD, Measuring Innovation: A New Perspective, 2010
      Source: a. OECD, Main Science & Technology Indicators, Vol 2010/1b. OECD, Measuring Innovation: A New Perspective, 2010
    • 5. An Innovation Challenge exists for Australian firms:
      Australia is comparatively strong in R&D
      Systemic lack of funding in the seed stage
      Lack of
      funding
      Lack of
      Entrepreneurs
      The Innovation Challenge
    • 6. CleanTech Commercialisation Challenge
    • 7. 42% of global emissions
      Unilateral Climate Policies
    • 8. The CleanTech Opportunities
      Global Clean-tech Needs for a Low-carbon Economy
      Low carbon materials/plastics/carbon fibre, low carbon steel
      Biofuels, waste recycling, efficient home design,
      Agricultural/food seeds and technologies
      Efficient Transport/Logistics - cars, planes, trains, ships
      Clean energy (biomass, geothermal, wind, solar, thermal, wave/tidal)
      Energy storage technology, advanced battery technology
      Infrastructure for low carbon economy (rail, roads, gas networks, transmission grids..)
      Water purification technology, energy efficiency/automated systems/IT software
      Carbon financial markets
    • 9. Carbon Cycle
      Australia is one of the biggest carbon producers in the world, BUT it is a nation that is uniquely placed to lead the world in clean and sustainable technologies:-
      Australia has some of the longest hours of sun shine – solar power
      Australia is constantly under threat of drought – water technologies
      Australia is big and surrounded by oceans – tidal/wave energy sources.
      One of the biggest producers of Agricultural products - Biofuels
      Australia is a major producer of coal – remove dependency on carbon fuels
      Australia has some of the best research in the world in sustainability.
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    • 10. Australian CleanTech is world leading …
      BUT… we are falling behind!
      We don’t turn R&D into commercial products very well
      Big investment in R&D but little in commercialisation
      Only 8 companies achieved funding through VC’s in 2009 in the clean space.
      • Most investment, when it does occur, is in INFRASTRUCTURE and not commercialisation of technology.
    • China’s Clean Technology
    • 11. China’s Commitments
      Objective: 45% carbon intensity reduction by 2020
      Carbon intensity = carbon emissions per unit of GDP
      Background: Since 2003 China’s carbon intensity was going up - meaning carbon was growing faster than economy!
      How are they to achieve this?
      • 15% renewable energy target
      • 12. Just became 2nd largest wind power producer and among the top solar producers
      • 13. First electric car company
      • 14. Diversify away from coal (renewables, hydro, gas and nuclear)
    • China Surges Ahead in Private Clean Energy Investment
      $US billions
      China ($34b)
      Chinese clean energy surged 53%in 2009 to $35b
      China investment double that of the US ($18b)
    • 15. China’s Current Status
      Enormous investment by China and change in direction
      Leads the world in clean-energy investment growth
      Currently at $35billion pa, 53% growth in 2009
      Ambitious 2020 carbon intensity target (45% reduction)
      40GW of carbon-neutral energy built in 2009 (Australia’s entire energy supply +30%)
      Electric cars expansion and carbon neutral cities
    • 16. China/Australia R&D Comparison
      Source: OECD, Main Science & Technology Indicators, Vol 2010/1
      Australia spends proportionally 6 times more on Basic Research. Correspondingly, China spends significantly more money on DEVELOMENT as opposed to RESEARCH compared to Australia. Around 80% of all funding in R&D in China is on DEVELOPMENT.
    • 17. Opportunities in China
      Globally No. 1 largest market for
      renewable energy investment
      PV, wind turbine, ethanol biofuel, solar water system productions
      Hydro power
      CDM projects,
      Super-critical and ultra super-critical (high efficiency) thermal coal plants constructed
      Huge investment proposed for environmental protection
      water treatment (sewage/river courses/lakes)
      garbage treatment
      air pollution control
      environmental monitoring for pollution emissions/water quality
    • 18. 10 KEY Energy Efficiency Programs of Chinese Government
      Upgrade coal-burning industrial boilers (kilns)
      Local cogeneration
      Make use of exhaust heat and pressure
      Save and replace petroleum
      Energy conservation in electrical motors
      Optimization energy system-through system optimization design, technical renovation and improved management, to reach energy efficiency in key energy intensive industries
      Environment-friendly lighting-candescent lamp to light emitting diode (LED) and high intensity discharge (HID) lamps.
      Energy conservation in governmental departments
      Energy conservation in buildings -50 percent energy saving in residential buildings and public structures
      Build energy monitoring and technical service system
    • 19. Future CleanTech Investments
    • 20. Clean Tech?
      The Accidental Environmentalist
      CleanTech Investments
      The world is accelerating towards a low-carbon economy. China is today in the driving seat.
      IF Australia doesn’t try and take advantage of the new technologies we will be left behind.
    • 21. CleanTech Business Accelerator (CTechBA)
    • 22. Formation of CTechBA
      The Australian market suffered with:-
      Lack of Investment
      Lack of capabilities
      Lack of understanding
      Lack of commitment
      Recognising the problems, CTechBA was formed by a group of concerned senior executives with skills in:-
      Clean Technology
      Executive Management
      International Sales and Marketing
      Investment Banking
    • 23. Our Differentiators
    • 24. Typical Problems facing an Emerging Company BEFORE
      No Improvements
      No Money
      No Plans
      No Time
      No Knowledge
      Global Opportunities
      Competition
    • 25. Typical Development Phases
      Critical Phases for Success
      Traditional Funding Arrangements
      3F’s and Grants
      Angels
      VC’s
      PE’s
      VC’s taking lower risks and Angels less willing or able to invest larger sums has created a gap – the “Valley of Death”
      Current Funding Arrangements
      3F’s and Grants
      Angels
      PE’s
      VC’s
      Start-Up
      Time
    • 28. Typical Problems facing an Emerging Company AFTER
      No Improvements
      Business Disciplines
      No Money
      Source Funding
      And
      Sales
      Planning
      And
      Strategy
      No Plans
      Resources
      No Time
      Market Research
      Marketing
      No Knowledge
      Global Opportunities
      Competition
    • 29. Some Client Examples…
      All of these will be looking towards China for investment, sales and partners.
    • 30. Solar Paint
      Organic PV (OPV) material can be made into a paint or into a thin film. As a film it can be used to tint windows and create energy at the same time.
      Expected cost will be around $0.15 per kwh compared to $0.70 for silicon based PV.
      Current market for PV is $32B per year.
      Product is still at prototype stage and is pre-commercial
    • 31. BSmart
      Recycled Bricks and Pavers. Takes rubbish from a building site and creates bricks or pavers locally.
      Prototype built and has made several thousand bricks on a commercial basis.
      Smart water fund with Melbourne water to use dried processed sewage to make bricks.
      • Currently looking at using pavers to store hazardous products such as lead dust.
      • 32. Average cost of bricks and pavers are lower than standard bricks and pavers
    • Windesal
      Innovative Wind and diesel driven RO based Desalination system.
      Hybrid power control system using wind and a diesel motor reduces carbon emissions by as much as 85% compared to conventional desalination systems.
      Current test site is expected to create drinking water from an aquifer at a rate of 3-5GL per year.
      With water security an issue world wide, Windesal provides a localised solution.
    • 33. Pixalux
      LED based lighting for Advertising Boards and specialty lighting.
      Unique lighting solution based on 12V LED lights and acrylic with a diffuser matrix printed on the surface provides homogenous lighting panels ideal for display boards as well as shelving and back-panels for desks and furniture.
      Already sold products to the Australian Museum and have a number of other clients and partners under discussion.
    • 34. CTechBA’s ‘Real Value’
      Since we manage a diverse and varied portfolio often we get synergies between own clients which can be exploited:-
      We are speaking to a biofuels company using algae. Windesal can use brine from the discharge of their RO system to feed an algae lake to make biofuels.
      We are using Bsmart and Pixalux in a proposal for eco-housing design. We also have a ‘green’ cement company in our portfolio as well. Later, we shall include Solar Paint and another client in Water Storage.
      As our portfolio gets bigger we look for synergies and opportunities for all our clients to create ‘total solutions’.
      China we see as an important part of our overall strategy for developing the businesses as well as sourcing capital.
    • 35. Summary
      Historically not been good at commercialisation, although CTechBA will make progress in this area.
      Clean Technology provides a new opportunity for Australian technology and for entrepreneurs to develop world-leading technology markets.
      China is a substantial player in the clean technology space which is likely to grow a lot more than the rest of the world over the next 10 years and more.
      Therefore there are GOOD opportunities for Australian Clean Technology companies in China and for cooperation with Chinese companies BUT we cant afford to be complacent.