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March 20, 2015 10:43 ET

MP Carmichael Announces Support for Innovative Green Energy Technologies in Toronto

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - March 20, 2015) - John Carmichael, Member of Parliament for Don Valley West, and the Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology), today announced an investment in Clear Blue Technologies Inc. through the National Research Council of Canada's Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP). Mr. Carmichael and Minister of State Holder were at Aquavista at Bayside to promote the use of the company's innovative technology at the condo development.

Clear Blue Technologies will receive up to $92,000 in funding through NRC-IRAP to advance the development of its Smart Off-Grid technology that powers off-grid devices such as street lights, security cameras and mobile power systems.

Clear Blue Technologies is a Toronto-based company whose founders have more than 20 years of experience in the cleantech, engineering and high-technology fields. Its Smart Off-Grid solar and wind controller is designed to be easily integrated into a variety of off-grid products, and its Illumience cloud software enables the systems to be monitored, maintained and serviced over the Internet.

Quick facts

  • Clear Blue Technologies has integrated Smart Off-Grid technology into Illumient solar and wind powered street lights that have been installed in the parking lots of the Aquavista at Bayside Presentation Centre in downtown Toronto. Many other Smart Off-Grid lights have been installed in the Greater Toronto Area and throughout Canada, as well as in the U.S., Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
  • Through its national network of industrial technology advisors, NRC-IRAP provides support to SMEs in Canada in the development and commercialization of technologies.
  • NRC-IRAP works with industry to bridge technology gaps, helping build a more innovative Canadian economy that reflects today's global realities.
  • In 2013-14 NRC-IRAP supported over 10,000 SMEs, with some 7,000 firms benefiting from expert advisory services and more than 3,000 firms receiving some form of financial assistance.


"Our government is strongly committed to initiatives that support science, technology and the growth of innovative Canadian firms. Like so many small and medium-sized businesses in Don Valley West, Clear Blue Technologies' innovative work is critical to the Canadian economy. Our government will continue to put in place the tools that Canadian businesses need to grow, create jobs and secure long-term prosperity."

John Carmichael, Member of Parliament for Don Valley West

"As outlined in our government's science, technology and innovation strategy, we are harnessing the power of science and technology to create jobs and opportunities and to improve the quality of life of Canadians. Through the National Research Council of Canada's industry-driven approach, Canadian businesses are becoming more innovative and competitive globally while creating jobs locally."

Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology)

"The support and funding from NRC-IRAP have been crucial to the development and enhancement of our technology, which has provided the basis for a growing, thriving business. We now have installations across Canada and the U.S., and we are expanding our business to Europe, the Middle East and Asia. This has allowed us to create new jobs within the company while helping the environment by deploying green energy solutions."

Miriam Tuerk, Co-founder and CEO, Clear Blue Technologies Inc.

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Backgrounder - Idustrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP)

Additional links

Clear Blue Technologies Inc.

National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program

Business Innovation Access Program

Canada Accelerator and Incubator Program

Youth Employment Program

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