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Two Australian lighting companies in global cleantech top 30

Lighting has helped put Australia on the global map of companies that create technology with a smaller environmental footprint.

BluGlass and Organic Response both feature on the global top 30 of nominated companies for the Global Cleantech Cluster Association (GCCA) award this year. The two Australian companies are nominated in the ‘best in lighting and energy efficiency’ category of the awards.

Organic Response was also named one of the 20 hottest lighting companies in the world on Lux Review’s Global Hot List 2014. Its technology takes inspiration from the way shoals of fish move and communicate – if a luminaire senses movement near a door it lights up to full output, but tells the other luminaires to light up to a lesser extent, determined by how far they are from the fully lit fixture. The luminaires communicate with infrared technology, which means they can regroup themselves into rooms or areas and respond if they are moved around or if office spaces are rearranged.

BluGlass is developing a technology called remote plasma chemical vapour deposition (RPCVD), which aims to make it cheaper and more environmentally friendly to produce LEDs by growing group three nitrides such as gallium nitride (GaN) at lower temperatures.

The top 30 will now be considered by judges from the global venture capital and clean technology industries, who will select a winner for each of the ten sectors of the awards and pick one overall champion.

The final will be announced at the fifth annual CleanTech Investing Seminar in Lausanne, Switzerland, on 3 December 2014.