3 October 2013 — BluGlass Limited has taken out the 2013 Australian Cleantech Competition for its LED and solar manufacturing technology.

The company was named overall winner as well as snaring the Manufacturing Cleantech Award at a ceremony in Sydney last night [2 October].

BluGlass is the developer of a technology for the manufacture of LEDs and solar photovoltaic cells that enables the production of higher performing devices at lower cost and with less environmental impact.

The technology is called remote plasma chemical vapour deposition, and is a novel approach to the manufacture of group III nitrides – essential components of millions of electronic and power devices.

BluGlass markets itself as a “semiconductor company dedicated to bringing to market a breakthrough in the LED lighting and solar industries”.

“This win is an important step in BluGlass’ development from an R&D company that has achieved proof of concept into an operational company moving towards industry acceptance”, BluGlass chief executive Giles Bourne said. “It is a further confirmation of the seven years of work since listing, and to bring this technology to its full global potential.”

Other companies marketing to the building industry also won awards, including Specialty Coatings, who won the ARENA Renewable Energy Award for their EnerSheet fibreglass composite roof sheeting with embedded solar photovoltaics; and Organic Response, who won the Built Environment Award for their lighting control system, which uses a “nature inspired” intelligence system to offer high energy savings with minimal complexity.

“The quality of the 2013 entries has been incredibly high and we believe that many of the top 30 companies will become highly successful,” said managing director of Australian CleanTech John O’Brien. “The credibility, advice and connections that the competition provides to these emerging technology companies will help them to become Australia’s future success stories.”

The competition is a business development initiative of the Australian Government.