No 6. November 2012

EnLighten Australia Wins Trip To USA

A low cost LED light that provides energy savings of up to 93 per cent won the 2012 Australian Clean Technologies Competition. The competition attracted over 100 entries.

EnLighten Australia was established in 2008, and has enjoyed solid sales growth through its patented Chameleon multi function LED light. The light is designed for low occupancy spaces such as fire stairs, car parks and back of house areas, and it is said to be fast becoming the new standard in emergency fire stair lighting. The 93 per cent energy savings are compared to traditional fluorescent lighting.

The Chamaeleon also won the Environmental Innovation Award and the Energy Award at the 2011 NSW Green Globe Awards.

Following a successful capital raising in November 2011, enLighten has expanded its product range to include LED troffers, down lights, high bay lights and radio frequency occupancy sensing technology. The company has distribution partnerships in WA, NT and Qld and wants to enter the international market in 2013.

"We are delighted to receive the recognition of the judging panel for both our lighting technology innovation and our business planning," said enLighten general manager Steve Cahill, who was presented the award by Parliamentary Secretary for Industry & Innovation, Mark Dreyfus, whose Department sponsors the competition.

The Chamaeleon LED light in standby mode.

Mr Dreyfus said "EnLighten is assisting consumers raise their energy efficiency and in doing so helping to reduce Australia's carbon footprint. Their lighting solutions are already being used in Australian universities, local councils and high density residential apartments."

EnLighten will represent Australia at the international Cleantech Open Global Ideas Competition in the United States, where it will compete with entrants from 90 countries for over $100,000 in services. The award prize covers the cost of the US trip as well as a business matching service from San Francisco based business accelerator ANZA Technology Network.

The runners up were VR Tek which turns rubber from used tyres into high value inputs for production, and Biofiba which manufactures biodegradable shipping pallets made from non food crops.

With other finalists, enLighten will be introduced to investors, business services and other entrepreneurs on a trade mission to the US to assist them gain global traction and footholds in overseas markets.

The Australian CleanTech Competition is an initiative of the Federal 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 managed by research and advisory business Australian CleanTech.





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