06 April 2015

Prototyping Innovation and Clear Blue Technologies

Recently the Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State for Science and Technology, was on hand to award a NRC-IRAP award of $92000 to Clear Blue Technologies, a company we have been proud to work with these past few years. Our Advanced Prototyping Lab, funded by FedDev Ontario as part of our Green Building Centre, has supported the development of the Clear Blue Technologies off-grid lighting system. Miriam Tuerk, CEO of Clear Blue, is also the Chair of our Innovation Advisory Board.

The announcement was held just adjacent to our Waterfront campus at the Tridel Bayside Presentation Centre. I can see the Clear Blue Technologies off-grid street lamp out of my office window. The wind generator spins, powering the light, and enabling the connectivity to the wider system. I'm fond of pointing this out to people who visit our applied research facilities as I tell them "this is what applied research looks like."

This is a great investment that is really smart - not only in the sense of this being a smart technology, but also that it is a smart bet on a future green technology that has the potential to reshape the Canadian manufacturing industry. Clear Blue Technologies is a leader in the innovation space, having developed their technology to meet a market demand for innovative and environmentally sustainable solutions. Congratulations to Miriam and the team at Clear Blue Technologies!

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