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
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."