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Home Applied Research and Innovation Blog 2015 November 13 Spotlight on Clear Blue Technologies

Spotlight on Clear Blue Technologies

Picture of Centennial College industry partner Clear Blue Technologies winning the Mind-to-Market award

Clear Blue Technologies is a company that combines green energy with the proven advantages of communications and cloud technology, and has been working with Centennial College for over four years. A truly innovative company, Clear Blue Technologies has been recognized for two major awards this year: the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) Mind to Market award and Canada’s Clean50 award.

At the OCE annual general meeting on October 22, 2015 Clear Blue Technologies and two teams from Centennial College and George Brown College took home the prestigious Mind to Market award, the first time any college collaboration with a company had ever been nominated. According to OCE, the award celebrates “the best OCE-supported research collaboration between the business and research communities resulting in the commercialization of leading-edge ideas and solutions.” The award also includes $25,000 to be used to grow the company. Clear Blue has developed advanced technology to power, control, monitor and proactively service solar and wind-based systems where access to an electrical grid is either too costly or impossible, and worked closely with research teams from both colleges.
 
“Ventures like Clear Blue are examples of what can be accomplished through Ontario’s innovation ecosystem,” said Dr. Tom Corr, President and CEO of OCE. “They are bright and fearless representatives of the talent in this province who are serving to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs.”

Earlier in the fall, Clear Blue Technologies’ founders Miriam Tuerk, Mark Windrim and John Tuerk were recognized with the Clean50 award for 2016 at the Clean50 Summit 5.0 on September 23. Canada’s Clean50 awards are announced annually by Delta Management Group and the Clean50 organization to recognize those 50 individuals or small teams, from 16 different categories, who have done the most to advance the cause of sustainability and clean capitalism in Canada over the past two years.

According to Gavin Pitchford, Chief Talent Officer, Delta Management Group,  “Clear Blue Technologies is making solar and wind powered systems like streetlights, emergency power and security cameras highly reliable, easy to install and maintain, and controllable and serviceable over the Internet. As a result, municipalities and businesses can now turn to environmentally friendly technology to reduce their reliance on carbon fuel and eliminate the disruption and expense of installing power cabling wherever these systems are needed.”

Centennial College is proud to have worked with Clear Blue since 2011, where faculty and students have assisted in environmental, electrical, functionality and communications testing of its solar and wind controllers, using outdoor installations at our Progress Campus. The partnership has allowed Centennial to update energy lectures and labs to include the latest testing methodologies, and build applied research skills for students, while exposing them to current industry trends. "Working together, Centennial has helped to accelerate this innovative Canadian company's capacity to bring its technology to global markets sooner. Our collaboration has also created employment opportunities for a number of students and graduates," says Trish Dryden, Associate Vice President, Research and Corporate Planning.

Clear Blue’s vision is to combine environmentally friendly green energy with innovative hardware and software to deliver reliable, intelligent, and high performance off-grid options that are easier to install, reduce cost of ownership and can be monitored and controlled over the Internet. The company’s hybrid controller harvests energy from solar panels and a wind turbine. It is designed to be easily integrated into a variety of products to deliver highly reliable smart off-grid alternatives.

Author: L. Arnts