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 Power’s 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 Cove Ventures.






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