Hon Michael Mischin LLB (Hons) BJuris (Hons) MLC

Hon Michael Mischin LLB (Hons) BJuris (Hons) MLC

Former Attorney General; Minister for Commerce

Hon Brendon Grylls MLA

Hon Brendon Grylls MLA

Former Minister for Housing; Racing and Gaming

    WA innovators solve renewable energy challenge

    3/09/2013 12:00 AM
    • 14 energy generation management solutions developed for regional WA
    • $70,000 in prize money to assist in harnessing power from household renewable energy systems for WA’s regional electricity grids

    Local innovators have been recognised for developing cost-effective, market-ready energy management solutions for regional areas, particularly the Pilbara.


    Fourteen energy management solutions were developed as part of the State Government’s inaugural Renewable Energy Technology Challenge.


    The challenge was won by MPower Solar Systems, which collected a $50,000 first prize for developing a low-cost energy generation management unit that can be fitted to most renewable energy inverters.


    The company is planning to manufacture the unit at its Canning Vale facility.


    The winner and two runners-up were recognised today at Technology Park’s Innovation Centre of Western Australia in Bentley.


    Commerce Minister Michael Mischin said Magellan Power, based in Bibra Lake, and Oztron Energy, based in Parkwood, were each awarded $10,000 for their respective innovations.


    Mr Mischin said the quality of the submissions and technologies developed were impressive.


    “This technology challenge and similar State Government programs are examples of our support for world-class, innovative capacity in WA,” he said.


    “We need to encourage our talented innovators and industry pioneers to continue enhancing the State’s commercial opportunities and international competitiveness.”


    Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls said the innovations could lead to greater use of renewable energy within regional areas and the rest of WA.


    “With many of the State’s regional centres growing, maximising renewable energy use in rural and remote areas will become increasingly important,” Mr Grylls said.


    “Innovation in the energy sector is vital to the establishment of modern, vibrant and sustainable cities in the regions such as those being delivered through the Pilbara Cities vision.”


            Fact File

    • The Renewable Energy Technology Challenge is a joint initiative between the Department of Commerce, Pilbara Development Commission and Horizon Power
    • To find out how the State Government is supporting local industry and innovation, visit http://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/industryinnovation

    Commerce Minister’s office - 6552 5600

    Regional Development Minister’s office - 6552 5500