Australia is leading the way when it comes to clean technology, which stands as one of the reasons Austrade announced its intent to promote the country’s expertise to Indonesia, which is in the middle of a green revolution.
The recently announced results of the 2012 Australian Clean Technologies Competition highlights just how exciting the technology and innovation developed across the country is.
The Competition is an initiative of the Gillard Government’s $58.4 million Buy Australian at Home and Abroad initiative, and is supported by Enterprise Connect, Commercialisation Australia, CSIRO and Austrade. The emerging Cleantech sector covers a range of growth industries that will move the concept of sustainable living from theory into the realm of practical reality.
enLighten Australia, a start-up company from Sydney, was selected as his year’s winner from a field of more than 100 entries.
The organisation has created a low-cost, LED lighting design, which provides energy savings of up to 93 per cent.
“The Competition has brought together emerging technology developers with mentors experienced in the commercialisation of new products, and venture-capitalists,” said Parliamentary Secretary for Industry and Innovation, Mark Dreyfus, who presented the award this week in Melbourne.
“enLighten is assisting consumers raise their energy efficiency and in doing so helping to reduce Australia’s carbon footprint,” he said. “Their lighting solutions are already being used in Australian universities, local councils and high density residential apartments. This sort of ingenuity and innovation gives Australian businesses a commercial edge over competitors and helps create high skill, high wage jobs.”
enLighten will represent Australia at the international Cleantech Open Global Ideas Competition in the United States, where the company will compete with entrants from 90 countries for over $100,000 in services. It will also present its technology to investors, business services and other entrepreneurs to assist them gain global traction and footholds in overseas markets.
John O’Brien, managing director of Australian CleanTech, which oversees the competition, said Australia’s clean technology sector covers a diverse range of activities, including transportation, smart power, energy storage, green building, renewable energy, energy efficiency and air, water and waste management.