Eco Innovator November 2011


Finalists for Innovator of the Year

Two cleantech companies are among the Top 8 finalists in the WA Innovator of the Year Awards. Magellan Powertronics and Marine Easy Clean are two of four finalists in the Growth Category for companies with revenue.

Magellan Powertronics has a Grid Power Support System (GPSS) intended to regulate and improve power quality for homes and businesses in rural and remote areas currently serviced by the Single Wire Earth Return (SWER) network. The equipment will give energy suppliers a cost-effective alternative to upgrading the SWER network, and is intended to increase overall power capacity by making use of renewable energy.

Marine Easy Clean's The Water Cleanser is a chemical free water treatment for ponds, aquariums and pools. It operates as a catalyst in the anaerobic breakdown of organic waste. It is a block containing hydrocarbons to feed the Oil Eating Microbes but does not actually release the hydrocarbons into the water. This keeps the microbes healthy enough to eat organic waste.

The Water Cleanser was invented in 2000 by Robert Morgan at a pearl farm at Monkey Mia in WA.

Science and Innovation minister John Day said "With a prize pool of $200,000 including professional services and mentoring, these awards provide a financial boost for creative thinkers to turn their ideas into commercial reality whilst benefiting the economy and the community of WA.

"Innovation and its transition to a commercial outcome is critical to creating competitive businesses and a thriving and prosperous society."






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