Thursday, September 6th, 2012

A strong line-up meant judges for the Australian Clean Technologies Competition have selected seven finalist companies rather than the planned six, it was announced today.

The finalist companies offer solutions for energy efficiency, waste reduction and green construction and were identified as those showing the greatest global potential based on three key criteria, technology, market and business plan.

The competition, now in its second year, is designed to bolster the chances of success for Australian clean energy and resource reduction innovations through mentoring, business coaching and marketing.

John O’Brien, managing director of Australian CleanTech, which oversees the competition, said this year 103 companies entered, and 30 went into the semi-finals. “The companies got access to an experienced team of mentors, judges and coaches to position their business for success,” said Mr. O’Brien.

Dr. Marc Newson, Cleantech Supplier Advocate whose role sponsors the competition said the aim was to find the companies with the greatest potential regardless of whether they were early stage start-ups or more mature companies with operating history.

The finalists are:

Advanced Plant Nutrition Pty Ltd
Advanced Plant Nutrition has developed an innovative product (MaxSil) from post-consumer waste glass which will reduce the amount of waste being taken to landfill and can be used to significantly increase plant nutrient uptake and increase crop yields by up to 25%. MaxSil has also demonstrated the capacity to reduce carbon intensive phosphate inputs by up to 50%.

Aeratron Pty Ltd

Aeratron has developed a new fan design with increased airflow efficiency that reduces energy use by up to 50% on air conditioning, creates reduced noise and can be retrofitted.

Biofiba Ltd

Biofiba is a composite comprising 100% natural organic matter sourced from commercially grown, renewable, non-food crops processed and extruded into a simulated timber plank as an alternative to timber, plastic, cardboard and polystyrene in the manufacturer of biodegradable export shipping pallets.

enLighten Australia Pty Ltd

enLighten Australia designs and supplies highly efficient LED lighting for commercial, industrial and residential strata applications, reducing energy consumption by up to 93% compared with traditional fluorescent lighting.

SkyCool Pty Ltd

SkyCool manufactures a cool-roof coating that reduces the internal temperatures of buildings such as shopping malls, airports and warehouses to below ambient typically saving 30-50% of a building’s air conditioning energy giving IRRs of 25-100%.

Tropiglas Technologies Ltd

Tropiglas Technologies Ltd is developing energy-generating clear glass technology that will have market entry as a clear low-emissions glass for the automotive and building industries. The technology blocks IR and UV radiation and associated heat whilst allowing visible light through.

VR TEK Global Pty Ltd

VR TEK Global has developed a process to turn end of life tyre waste into high-value very fine devulcanised and activated rubber powders that can be used to economically replace virgin material in the manufacture of high-end products in the areas of rubber, plastics and elastomers.

The 2012 Judges were: 

  • Marc Newson, Cleantech Supplier Advocate
  • Geoff Hoffman, Clayton Utz
  • David Clark, Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick
  • Paul van Bergen, KPMG
  • Ken MacLeod, Scotia Macleod
  • Andrew Stead, ATP Innovations
  • Andrew Pickering, Cleantech Ventures

The Australian Clean Technologies Competition 2012 part of the Cleantech Open based in the USA, was launched by the Parliamentary Secretary for Industry and Innovation Mark Dreyfus.

The 2011 Australian Winner, SMAC Technologies, has experienced a dramatic acceleration in business deals and activity, much of which can be attributed to their success in the domestic competition, and their exposure to international markets. SMAC is now being sought out internationally and has been installing their products in USA and Thailand hospitals.

Industry, investors and the general public can view and hear presentations from many of the 30 Semi Finalists at the FutureBuild conference in Melbourne on 4 October. The 2012 Competition winner, who will be announced at an industry dinner that evening, will represent Australia at the Global Cleantech Competition in the USA in November.

About the Australian CleanTech Competition

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 competition is being managed by Australian CleanTech a private research and advisory business.

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Australian CleanTech

Australian CleanTech facilitates and delivers Australian Clean Technology projects on behalf of both investors and project proponents. In addition, Australian CleanTech provides services to Government agencies to help stimulate investment in the Cleantech industry. To deliver these services Australian CleanTech uses its extensive Cleantech research database.

The emerging Cleantech sector covers a range of growth industries that will move the concept of sustainable living from theory and aspiration to a practical reality. Through a range of publication and articles, Australian CleanTech provides educational resources to help raise the awareness of the sector.
Susan Fitzpatrick-Napier
P: 02 8006 0424


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