Eco Innovator November 2011
Two Aussie Companies in
Global Cleantech 100
Two Australian companies, Barefoot
Power and Windlab Systems, are among the Global Cleantech 100 annual list
of the top 100 private companies in clean technology. The companies are
presented as the most innovative and promising ideas in cleantech and
best positioned to solve tomorrow's clean technology challenges.
Both companies are also in
the subset of Asia Pacific Top 10 companies.
The list is collated by US
based Cleantech Group from its own research data, over 6,000 nominations,
and input from an expert panel.
The Global Cleantech 100 report
says Barefoot Power is a developer of solar powered lighting products
for developing countries.
Last year Barefoot Power won
a grant of up to 1 million from the European Investment Bank for its role
in fighting poverty and climate change in developing countries.
Barefoot Powers Firefly 5 is an economical LED light to replace
kerosene lighting in developing countries.
It does this by distributing
household solar light equipment and off-grid power solutions to poor populations
that use kerosene and other environmentally harmful energy sources. Among
others, the company's Firefly 5 product is an economical LED light that
can help replace kerosene for families with limited financial resources.
Windlab Systems is a developer
of wind farms using proprietary atmospheric modeling software to identify
suitable regions and conduct detailed site assessments.
Windlab is backed by Australian
venture capital firms Lend Lease Ventures, Innovation Capital and Blue