Eco Innovator November 2011
Australian Cleantech Ideas
An air-conditioning system
that can reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in commercial
and industrial buildings by up to 85 per cent won the Australian Clean
Technologies Ideas Competition.
SMAC Technologies of South
Australia won from 11 highly creative and wide ranging cleantech innovations.
Innovation minister Senator
Kim Carr said "This air conditioning technology ticks all the boxes
in helping tackle climate change and cutting our carbon footprint. The
SMAC technology has already been used in projects supported by the Gillard
Government's Green Building Fund, helping reduce the carbon footprint
of our buildings."
In announcing the winner, Doron
Ben-Meir, the chief executive of Commercialisation Australia, said the
air conditioning system cut cost as well as energy usage. The technology
is patented, proven, can reduce AC energy consumption by 30 to 85 pr cent,
and can be retrofitted as well as installed in new buildings.
SMAC Technologies will represent
Australia at the international Cleantech Open Global Ideas Competition
in the United States. The company will compete against entrants from 90
countries for over $100,000 in services to help launch their idea. They
will also have a week of mentoring, meetings with investors, business
services and entrepreneurs at the International Awards Gala this month.
The Lubemaster Portable Oil Cleaning Centrifuge.
Mr Ben-Meir said the task for
entrepreneurs is not to convince potential clients that they need their
product but that they want their product. Among others he exampled the
toy solar powered cockroach that no one actually needs but sells very
The other finalists were:
* AquaGen Technologies, developer
of the SurgeDrive wave energy system that has its energy conversion system
above water to reduced costs and improve efficiency.
* AquaHydrex - an inexpensive,
integrated solar-powered water-splitting technology that enables onsite
manufacturing of hydrogen for industrial users.
* BeechesIT - the Calcination
Energy Storage system is a molten salt technology for storing energy from
solar thermal power stations.
* Clean Oil Services - the
LubeMaster is a centrifuge technology for cleaning oil in a more efficient
way than standard pore membrane filters. Clean Oil Services came third
in the competition.
* Cogen Microsystems - a cost-effective
hybrid solar energy system using a heat engine and low cost solar thermal
collectors to generate electricity and hot water.
* Ducane Australia - the DrainWave
system for pulsing water through existing low flow plumbing systems.
* Renewable Energy Solutions
Australia - the Eco Whisper Turbine is an efficient and virtually silent
20 kW wind turbine with a unique blade design.
* SolMax - a combination of
existing roofing and solar products to produce a cheap, efficient solar
concentrator. SolMax came second in the competition.
* Sundermann Water Power -
a bi-directional low-head water turbine to maximize efficiency in slow
* YellowDot Energy - a solar-powered
high-flow groundwater extraction system using control algorithm to optimize
The competition was supported
by Enterprise Connect, Commercialisation Australia, the CSIRO and Austrade.
For more information and to view videos of the finalists, go to: www.cleantechopen.com.au