Local business receives $1.6 million to develop self-sustaining glasshouses
Monday, 27 February 2017
Glass has become a major new source of renewable energy for Yokine resident Victor Rosenberg, whose business ClearVue Technologies Ltd has created a clear glass that can generate and store energy.
The ground-breaking technology has taken the interest of the Australian Government with Federal Member for Stirling Michael Keenan today revealing the business has received $1.6 million to develop self-sustaining glasshouses.
Mr Keenan said the project is an example of incredible ingenuity, and congratulated Mr Rosenberg on the development of his research.
“I first met with Mr Rosenberg at my office in 2013 who had explained to me a type of glass technology that he had created,” Mr Keenan said.
“Fast forward four years and he is now partnering with Edith Cowan University to develop these glasshouses that will produce and store electricity for heating, cooling and irrigation purposes.”
The way it works is through nano technology. A flat transparent sheet of glass is turned into a solar concentrator that when combined with solar PV generates electricity from a window. The cost-effective glasshouses will be able to regulate the light coming through and will effectively maximise crop yield.
Mr Rosenberg said the grant gives the business the opportunity to draw overseas investors through the development of the greenhouse.
“We need a live demonstration in order in attract overseas businesses to witness firsthand the product,” Mr Rosenberg said.
“People from overseas will be able to see it, to touch it. And if we sell the technology the benefit comes back to Australia.
“It’s entirely West Australian owned and developed. We’re already creating employment opportunities through the grant and it’s only going to get better.”
Mr Keenan said it’s a fantastic collaboration and he is looking forward to hearing of the research developments as they progress.
“People are interested in getting off the grid and using their own power and I think it will resonate with not only overseas businesses but with local industries too.”
The funding is being provided under the Federal Government’s Cooperative Research Centre Projects (CRC-P) initiative, which supports short-term industry-led collaborations to solve industry problems and deliver tangible outcomes.
Seventeen projects Australia-wide, selected from 57 compliant applications, will share in $34.5 million in funding. A third CRC Programme round is now open with applications being accepted until 22 March 2017. For more information please visit www.business.gov.au/crc-p .