Centennial partner Clear Blue Technologies wins Mind-to-Market Award
Clear Blue Technologies was named the winner of the prestigious Ontario Centres of Excellence Mind-to-Market Award at OCE's annual general meeting on October 22. The award celebrates the best OCE-supported research collaboration between the business and research communities resulting in the commercialization of leading-edge ideas.
Clear Blue has developed advanced technology to power, control, monitor and proactively service solar and wind-based systems such as off-grid outdoor lighting, mobile power and security. Clear Blue has partnered with Centennial College and George Brown College on a number of research and development projects related to the company's Smart Off-Grid technology.
"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.”
"The support of OCE and our ongoing partnerships with George Brown and Centennial colleges have provided Clear Blue with resources and expertise that have been critical to our success,” said John Tuerk, co-founder and head of Power Systems at Clear Blue. “The benefits we receive from working with the schools also outlast the specific projects, as we have hired a number of the students as permanent employees."
Since 2011, faculty and students from Centennial College have assisted Clear Blue in environmental, electrical, functionality and communication testing of its solar and wind controllers, using outdoor installations at the college's Progress Campus. The partnership has allowed Centennial to update its energy lectures and labs to include testing methodologies, providing students with applied research skills and industry exposure.
"We're thrilled with Clear Blue Technologies' big win," said Trish Dryden, Associate Vice President, Applied Research & Corporate Planning at Centennial. "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 our students and graduates."
Clear Blue Technologies combines green energy with the proven advantages of communications and cloud technology to power high performance off-grid lighting, security and mobile solutions. The company’s hybrid controller harvests energy from solar panels and a wind turbine and is designed to be easily integrated into a variety of products to deliver highly reliable off-grid alternatives.