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Clear Blue Technologies Extends Smart Off-Grid Technology Advantage

Clear Blue Technologies Extends Smart Off-Grid Technology Advantage

Release includes new software features and enhanced Internet of Things device support 

Toronto, ON, March 29, 2017 – Clear Blue Technologies Inc., the Smart Off-Grid Company, announced general availability of release 3.0 of its Smart Off-Grid technology, used to power, control, monitor, and proactively service solar off-grid and hybrid-powered systems including street lights, security systems, emergency power, and Internet of Things devices. Smart Off-Grid combines a multi-load solar controller, built-in communications, and the industry’s most advanced off-grid intelligent lighting and load management and control system.  

“Using solar, wind and other hybrid energy to power mission-critical systems like lighting, security, Wi-Fi hotspots, and other Internet of Things devices allows them to be deployed anywhere, and eliminates the cost of installing power lines as well as ongoing monthly utility costs,” said Mark Windrim, CTO of Clear Blue Technologies. “Smart Off-Grid technology ensures that they actually work as expected, with the highest level of performance, reliability, and security in the industry. Clear Blue continues to extend our technology lead over competitors by delivering the most flexible, robust, feature-rich, and secure platform for these critical services.”    

The new Smart Off-Grid release includes many new capabilities, such as: 

Enhanced software capabilities: 

  • Software download enables the Smart Off-Grid controller to be remotely updated over the network, so that existing installations can benefit from new capabilities and take advantage of new features.
  • New notification engine for alarms and alerts. Smart Off-Grid monitors the status of system components, sends status data to the cloud management software and sends alerts to authorized users when necessary. In the new release, additional capabilities have been added to report potential issues with loads (light failure alarms); energy storage (theft alarm); and other system failure and warning alerts.
  • Automated installation verification tests. Clear Blue’s validated installation tools ensure the system is working properly before an installer leaves the site. New tests have been added to test the motion sensor and other associated connections, and to expand the light test capabilities.  

Load and energy storage enhancements: 

  • Battery and charging profile enhancements, using Clear Blue’s patent-pending Dynamic Charging technology, improves the lifetime of the batteries, enables additional remote controls, and improves accuracy regarding charge profile adjustments. Additional Smart Battery support is also delivered with this release.
  • Energy management enhancements – Clear Blue’s amp-hour and battery cycle life analytics now provides the ability to forecast and manage battery life. Customers will be able to not only manage system uptime and performance, but also be able to control and monitor the aging of their energy storage systems, thereby ensuring that their TCO business cases are realized.

Platform and hardware enhancements:

  • Enhanced infrastructure security. With Smart Off-Grid technology, systems and devices communicate over a highly secure network. The new release incorporates additional security features to ensure that the network is safe from unauthorized access, using advanced data encryption; message authentication; replay attack avoidance; and other state-of-the-art security techniques.
  • Expanded hardware support. Clear Blue’s mantra “We work with any light” is better supported with expanded light control options, so that all light types can now be remotely configured in the cloud, removing the need for pre-install custom configurations. This allows analog dimming and PWM dimming to be set online, eliminating the need to have two distinct hardware versions, making it more cost-effective for OEMs to keep an inventory of controllers. In addition, an external port has been added to enable international communications parameters to be updated locally.
  • Expanded solar and hybrid energy support –The Clear Blue Smart Off-Grid controller can now support up to 4 solar panels or a myriad of hybrid systems including more intelligent grid-connect and solar-diesel combinations for optimum off-grid options.
  • Enhanced IoT load support – As Clear Blue’s customers begin deploying a wider range of oil and gas, telecom, and other Internet of Things devices, surge currents and false short circuit trips become problematic. With this edition of Smart Off-Grid, Clear Blue now has the industry’s most advanced flexibility and remote control capabilities, to ensure that a wider range of devices and systems can be supported. 

“In the off-grid world, there is no fallback to an unlimited grid source. Supporting the explosion of devices and power configurations is critical to the growth of off-grid systems,” said John Tuerk, chief power officer of Clear Blue. “This new release delivers unmatched flexibility, performance and reliability to our customers, and is backed by our expert service team to ensure that every system, in every country, is working and delivering as promised.”


City Of Hamilton Wins Canadian Outdoor Lighting Project Of The Year  For Clear Blue / Illumient Solar Streetlight Installation

City Of Hamilton Wins Canadian Outdoor Lighting Project Of The Year For Clear Blue / Illumient Solar Streetlight Installation

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Toronto, ON, November 29, 2016 – Clear Blue Technologies Inc., the Smart Off-Grid Company, announced that the City of Hamilton received the Canadian Outdoor Lighting Project of the Year award from LightSavers Canada for its Mountain Brow Boulevard installation of Illumient Smart Off-Grid streetlights. LightSavers Canada is a market transformation initiative of the Canadian Urban Institute (CUI), and their innovation awards are intended to “showcase and celebrate individuals, projects and organizations making a profound impact on the advancements of energy efficient exterior lighting systems across Canada.” The award was presented to the City of Hamilton at the 2016 Annual LightSavers Summit in Toronto on November 18. 

“We are proud to be recognized by the Canadian Urban Institute for this outdoor lighting project,” said Gord McGuire, Manager of Geomatics & Corridor Management for the City of Hamilton. “We’ve used solar power and a series of connected smart lights to enhance access to the City’s escarpment vista along Mountain Brow Boulevard. Clear Blue Technologies was instrumental in helping us to create this green energy project and one of the largest off-grid pathway lighting projects in Canada.” 

About the Project

The City of Hamilton received the award for its installation of 40 Illumient solar-powered lights in a park in the Niagara Escarpment. The lighting was installed in 2015 and enables residents to enjoy the park area throughout the year and later into the evening.  

With less than one foot of topsoil, installing traditional electric lighting would have required quarrying through solid rock for over 2 kilometers in length, an expensive and difficult undertaking. In addition, the City wanted to reduce the growing burden of utility costs from electric streetlights. After public input and consultation with local residents, the City of Hamilton decided to install decorative poles and light fixtures from Illumient to complement the beautiful surroundings.

Every Illumient light comes with built-in wireless connectivity that automatically sends real time information to Clear Blue’s Illumience cloud software, enabling monitoring and control over the Internet. This allow for immediate changes to lighting profiles if needed, and the Illumience predictive weather forecasting ensures that actions can be taken to ride through periods of bad weather so the lights will deliver the service needed year round.

“The Niagara Escarpment is one of the world’s unique natural wonders and the addition of lighting in this area by the City of Hamilton allows residents to enjoy it year round. We are so pleased to have worked with the City on this project, and applaud the decision by LightSavers Canada to recognize the City for this wonderful project,” said Miriam Tuerk, CEO of Clear Blue Technologies.


Around the world in 80 milliseconds: Toronto’s Clear Blue Technologies feeds global appetite for “smart” off-grid monitoring

Around the world in 80 milliseconds: Toronto’s Clear Blue Technologies feeds global appetite for “smart” off-grid monitoring

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"Before smart off-grid controls company Clear Blue Technologies came along, managing solar and wind-powered devices like streetlights was a grind. Reliability was poor and news of an outage usually came through a consumer complaint.

Thanks to a drop in the cost of solar panels and the rise of machine-connected technology known as the Internet of Things, solar power systems have become much cheaper and monitoring them around the clock has become possible.

Toronto-based Clear Blue is capitalizing on this changing market with its cloud-based, off-grid technology that enables these systems to be monitored and controlled over the Internet, saving time and money."

“The world is full of dumb control devices on off-grid systems; we’ve built the first smart off-grid system,” says Miriam Tuerk, CEO and one of the three co-founders of the company. The leadership team includes her husband John Tuerk, Clear Blue’s chief power officer, and their friend Mark Windrim, the company’s chief technology officer.

Read the whole article at Exportwise.


Clear Blue Selected for Clean Energy Ministerial Showcase June 1-2

Clear Blue Selected for Clean Energy Ministerial Showcase June 1-2

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The United States will host the seventh Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM7) in San Francisco, California, on June 1 & 2, 2016. This meeting is the follow-up meeting to the COP21 U.N. Convention of Parties climate change talks last December in Paris. Clear Blue was selected for participation in the CEM7 showcase, "a celebration of 100 companies competitively selected from around the world for their cutting edge work – a bold display of the breakthrough technologies and startups that will drive change in the clean energy sector and the worldwide economy in the years and decades to come."

Concurrently with the CEM event, Clear Blue was also selected for the MaRS Cleantech 2016 Canada Demo Day, which includes an opportunity to pitch potential investors and to promote our technology. Find out more at MaRS.

Clear Blue CEO Miriam Tuerk Participating at OCE Discovery Event May 9

Clear Blue CEO Miriam Tuerk Participating at OCE Discovery Event May 9

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Clear Blue CEO Miriam Tuerk has been invited to participate at the Ontario Centre of Excellence (OCE) Discovery conference, Canada's leading innovation-to commercialization conference. The event showcases leading technologies, best practices and research in Ontario.

Clear Blue CEO Miriam Tuerk at Discovery 16

Clear Blue CEO Miriam Tuerk at Discovery 16

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Clear Blue CEO Miriam Tuerk was invited to speak on a panel at the recent TSX Ignite conference in Toronto. TSX Ignite is a program dedicated to the growth and development of small and medium-sized companies. Toronto Stock Exchange, TSX Venture Exchange and legal, accounting and banking experts from across the country brought together information on essential practices for any ambitious entrepreneur or manager of a growth-oriented company.

Miriam spoke about "Delivering Great Pitches” from the perspectives of a company CEO/Founder.

Clear Blue Technologies Closes C$1.85 Million Equity Financing And Will Achieve 300% Sales Growth In 2015

Clear Blue Technologies Closes C$1.85 Million Equity Financing And Will Achieve 300% Sales Growth In 2015

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Toronto, ON (PRWEB) December 16, 2015 - Clear Blue Technologies Inc. (“Clear Blue” or the “Company”), the Smart Off-Grid Company, is pleased to announce that it has closed a private placement offering (the “Offering”) for gross proceeds of C$1.85 Million. This latest round of financing was led by Haywood Securities Inc. (“Haywood”), one of Canada's leading independent investment dealers with more than 275 employees in its Canadian offices in Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto. The completion of the latest investment brings the total funding raised by Clear Blue to approximately C$2.3 Million for the year and the Company is fully funded for all planned operations in 2016.

Changes to the Board of Directors

The Company also announces that Mr. Andy Keith, an entrepreneur and founder of two utility-scale solar energy companies in Ontario, has joined the Clear Blue board of directors. Mr. Keith has been an active participant in shaping and promoting Ontario’s renewable energy sector and is also a frequent lecturer at the University of Toronto master's program and industry conferences on the economics and future of solar energy.

2015 Highlights

2015 marks a year of significant growth and advancement for Clear Blue across all aspects of its business:

    Sales Growth + 300% in 2015
Clear Blue now has over 100 customers and 500 off-grid systems installed in 18 countries across the world. Its installations include solar and wind powered streetlights, security systems, emergency power and other off-grid devices. Clear Blue sells through OEMs who integrate Clear Blue hardware and software into their own products, and through a network of agents and resellers who sell the Illumient line of Smart Off-Grid streetlights. Illumient lighting combines components from Clear Blue with those of our partners StressCrete and Millerbernd Manufacturing Company.

    Launch of Illumience
Illumience is the second generation of Clear Blue's cloud-based software system, providing management, control and proactive servicing of the off-grid systems over the Internet. Illumience's Smart Off-Grid capabilities are unmatched by any other provider in the market.

    Industry recognition
Clear Blue co-founders John Tuerk, Mark Windrim and Miriam Tuerk were honored with the Clean50 award, which recognizes those who have done the most to advance the cause of sustainability and clean capitalism in Canada over the past 2 years. Clear Blue was also named a Mind-to-Market award winner by the Ontario Centres of Excellence (“OCE”) that celebrates the best OCE-supported research collaboration between the business and research communities resulting in effective commercialization of leading edge ideas and solutions.

    Strategic partnership
Clear Blue was selected by UGE, a global leader in distributed solar energy, to become the exclusive provider for off-grid lighting to UGE partners and customers.

Miriam Tuerk, CEO of Clear Blue, said "In 2015, Clear Blue achieved many important milestones that helped the Company transition from a start-up to a fast growing young company. It has been an amazing year, and the credit goes to our employees, partners, and investors, all of whom helped make this happen. We look forward to another year of tremendous progress and growth in 2016."

Centennial College: Spotlight on Clear Blue Technologies

Centennial College: Spotlight on Clear Blue Technologies

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The Clear Blue partnership with Centennial College has resulted in great benefits to both organizations. Centennial students and faculty have supported our R&D efforts for several years, and Clear Blue subsequently hired students into full time positions. Centennial has posted a spotlight on Clear Blue on their website, read it here.

Clear Blue investors, Greensky Capital, honored with Clean50 award

Clear Blue investors, Greensky Capital, honored with Clean50 award

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The principals of Greensky Capital, investors in Clear Blue, were honored with the Clean50 award. The founding team of Clear Blue was also recently named to the Clean50 list for 2016.

The principals of Greensky Capital, investors in Clear Blue, were honored with the Clean50 award. The founding team of Clear Blue was also recently named to the Clean50 list for 2016. Find out more here and here.

Globe & Mail: Light-up purses and smart lamps evolve from research projects

Globe & Mail: Light-up purses and smart lamps evolve from research projects

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The Globe and Mail highlights partnerships between colleges and companies. Read about George Brown College and the partnership with Clear Blue Technologies here.

Clear Blue Technologies Named Mind-to-Market Award Winner by Ontario Centres of Excellence

Clear Blue Technologies Named Mind-to-Market Award Winner by Ontario Centres of Excellence

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Toronto, ON – October 26, 2015 – Clear Blue Technologies, the Smart Off-Grid Company, was named the winner of the prestigious Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) Mind-to-Market Award at OCE's Annual General Meeting held on October 22. According to OCE, the award "celebrates the best OCE-supported research collaboration between the business and research communities resulting in effective commercialization of leading edge ideas and solutions."

Clear Blue has developed the most advanced technology to power, control, monitor and proactively service solar and wind based systems such as outdoor lighting, mobile power and security. Since its inception in 2011, Clear Blue has partnered with George Brown College and Centennial College on a number of research and development projects related to the company's Smart Off-Grid technology. OCE has made several investments in Clear Blue, which have been instrumental in helping the company commercialize its green energy technology.

Dr. Tom Corr, President and CEO of OCE, said, "Ventures like Clear Blue are examples of what can be accomplished through Ontario’s innovation ecosystem. They are bright and fearless representatives of the talent in this province who are serving to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs.”

"Everyone at Clear Blue is thrilled to have received this honor from OCE," said John Tuerk, Co-founder and Chief Power Officer at Clear Blue. "The support of OCE and our ongoing partnerships with George Brown and Centennial Colleges have provided Clear Blue with resources and expertise that have been critical to our success. The benefits we receive from working with the schools also outlast the specific projects, as we have hired a number of the students as permanent employees."

Partnership with Centennial College
Since 2011, faculty and students from Toronto's Centennial College have assisted Clear Blue in environmental, electrical, functionality and communication testing of its solar and wind controllers, using outdoor installations at the college's Progress Campus. The partnership has allowed Centennial to update its energy lectures and labs to include testing methods and procedures, providing students with applied research skills and industry exposure.

"We're excited by Clear Blue Technologies' big win," says Trish Dryden, Associate Vice President, Applied Research & Corporate Planning, Centennial College. "Working together, Centennial has helped to accelerate this innovative Canadian company's capacity to bring its technology to global markets sooner. Our collaboration has also created employment opportunities for a number of students and graduates."

Partnership with George Brown College
The office of Research and Innovation at George Brown College (GBC) promotes Canadian innovation through industry-driven applied research projects, and since 2012, the college has partnered with Clear Blue to develop, manufacture and test prototypes as well as a manufacturing process for later product releases.

“We are very pleased to congratulate Clear Blue Technologies, a truly innovative Canadian company, on this award,” says Robert Luke, Vice President of Research and Innovation at George Brown College. “Our collaboration with Clear Blue to date has been a flagship project in George Brown’s efforts to advance green technology applied research, and we are pleased to have contributed to the company’s innovation capacity.”

About Clear Blue Technologies

Clear Blue Technologies, the Smart Off-Grid Company, combines green energy with the proven advantages of communications and cloud technology to power high performance off-grid lighting, security and mobile solutions. The company’s hybrid controller harvests energy from solar panels and a wind turbine and is designed to be easily integrated into a variety of products to deliver highly reliable off-grid alternatives. The Illumience cloud-based software provides real time monitoring and control of the off-grid system over the Internet from any PC or smartphone, delivering unmatched reliability and performance. Clear Blue’s Illumient division delivers high performance off-grid lighting systems.

Clear Blue Technologies’ Founders Honored with Canada

Clear Blue Technologies’ Founders Honored with Canada's Clean50 for 2016 Award

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Toronto, ON – Sept 22, 2015 – Clear Blue Technologies’ founders Miriam Tuerk, Mark Windrim and John Tuerk were recognized with the Clean50 award for 2016. Clear Blue, the Smart Off-Grid Company, develops the industry’s most advanced off-grid solar and wind powered lighting systems, which are monitored, controlled and proactively serviced over the Internet. CEO Miriam Tuerk, CTO Mark Windrim and Head of Power Management John Tuerk founded the fast-growing company in 2011.

Canada’s Clean50 Awards are announced annually by Delta Management Group and the Clean50 organization to recognize those 50 individuals or small teams, from 16 different categories, who have done the most to advance the cause of sustainability and clean capitalism in Canada over the past 2 years.

According to Gavin Pitchford, Chief Talent Officer, Delta Management Group, “Clear Blue Technologies is making solar and wind powered systems like streetlights, emergency power and security cameras highly reliable, easy to install and maintain, and controllable and serviceable over the Internet. As a result, municipalities and businesses can now turn to environmentally friendly technology to reduce their reliance on carbon fuel and eliminate the disruption and expense of installing power cabling wherever these systems are needed. The Clear Blue team was chosen after rigourous screening and research by Delta Management, with advice from internal researchers and external advisors, and was among Honourees selected from an initial pool of over 550 well qualified nominees.”

Miriam Tuerk will be amongst approximately 110 past and present Clean50 Honourees meeting tomorrow (September 23) at the “Clean50 Summit 5.0” on Toronto Island, to spend a day amongst peers and colleagues tackling common sustainability challenges.

About Clear Blue Technologies

Clear Blue Technologies, the Smart Off-Grid Company, combines green energy with the proven advantages of communications and cloud technology to power high performance off-grid lighting, security and mobile solutions. The company’s hybrid controller harvests energy from solar panels and a wind turbine and is designed to be easily integrated into a variety of products to deliver highly reliable off-grid alternatives. The Illumience cloud-based software provides real time monitoring and control of the off-grid system over the Internet from any PC or smartphone, delivering unmatched reliability and performance. Clear Blue’s Illumient division delivers high performance off-grid lighting systems.

UGE and Clear Blue Technologies Announce Strategic Partnership for Off-Grid Lighting

UGE and Clear Blue Technologies Announce Strategic Partnership for Off-Grid Lighting

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New York, NY and Toronto, ON July 14, 2015

UGE International Ltd. (TSX-V: UG) (OTCQB: UGEIF), a global leader in distributed renewable energy solutions for businesses, and Clear Blue Technologies, the Smart Off-Grid Company, announced a strategic agreement under which Clear Blue will become the exclusive provider for off-grid lighting to UGE partners and customers. The arrangement allows UGE to focus on it’s fast growing distributed renewable energy solutions market while still participating indirectly through the off-grid lighting market.

UGE designs onsite energy systems for businesses worldwide that offers immediate cost savings to clients. Clear Blue develops the industry’s most advanced off-grid solar and wind powered lighting systems, which are monitored, controlled and proactively serviced over the Internet. With this agreement, Clear Blue will support UGE’s off-grid lighting customer base, and work with UGE and their partners on new lighting opportunities. UGE’s Sanya lighting series will become part of Clear Blue’s product line, expanding its offerings to the market.

“Clear Blue’s Smart Off-Grid technology has been part of our lighting monitoring and control system for the past several years, so it makes sense to combine our product lines and provide our partners and customers one point of contact and support through Clear Blue,” said Nick Blitterswyk, CEO of UGE. “UGE will continue to enhance its leadership position in delivering premier distributed renewable energy solutions to our customers around the world.”

Miriam Tuerk, CEO of Clear Blue Technologies, said “The UGE and Clear Blue partnership has been a tremendous success for both companies in delivering unparalleled green energy solutions to the market. This new agreement builds on that success, and allows UGE and Clear Blue to each concentrate their resources on different fast growing market opportunities. We appreciate the validation of our company and technology that UGE has demonstrated with this new arrangement.”

About UGE

UGE is a leading full service renewable energy provider for commercial and industrial clients, with over 2,000 installations in more than 90 countries. Leveraging project financing and its proprietary technology platform, UGE deploys solar and microgrid energy solutions to reduce energy costs and increase resiliency, while making the world more sustainable.

About Clear Blue Technologies

Clear Blue Technologies, the Smart Off-Grid Company, combines green energy with the proven advantages of communications and cloud technology to power high performance off-grid lighting, security and mobile solutions. The company’s hybrid controller harvests energy from solar panels and a wind turbine and is designed to be easily integrated into a variety of products to deliver highly reliable off-grid alternatives. The Illumience cloud-based software provides real time monitoring and control of the off-grid system over the Internet from any PC or smartphone, delivering unmatched reliability and performance. Clear Blue’s Illumient division delivers high performance off-grid lighting systems.

Clear Blue Technologies Appoints Paul Desjardins as VP, Sales & Business Development

Clear Blue Technologies Appoints Paul Desjardins as VP, Sales & Business Development

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Toronto, ON – May 12, 2015 – Clear Blue Technologies, the Smart Off-Grid Company, announced today the appointment of Paul Desjardins as VP sales and business development. Responsible for both the Clear Blue and Illumient product lines, Paul will drive new business opportunities for the company and lead the sales organization.

With decades of experience in sales, business development and supply chain, Paul has worked at both start-ups as well as large B2B and retail companies. Before joining Clear Blue, Paul was VP, business development at Infobright, a data analytics platform company. Prior to Infobright Paul led highly successful sales organizations at several companies including BCE Emergis, Jetform and Xerox.

“With the incredible rate of growth that we are experiencing, it was critical to add an experienced sales leader who could hit the ground running and contribute immediately, “ said Miriam Tuerk, CEO Clear Blue. “Paul’s track record of driving sales and building strong relationships with partners made him the ideal person to lead our sales and business development efforts. We are thrilled that he has joined the company.”

About Clear Blue Technologies

Clear Blue Technologies, the Smart Off-Grid Company, combines green energy with the proven advantages of communications and cloud technology to power high performance off-grid lighting, security and mobile solutions. The company’s hybrid controller harvests energy from solar panels and a wind turbine and is designed to be easily integrated into a variety of products to deliver highly reliable off-grid alternatives. The Illumience cloud-based software provides real time monitoring and control of the off-grid system over the Internet from any PC or smartphone, delivering unmatched reliability and performance. Clear Blue’s Illumient division delivers high performance off-grid lighting systems.

Canadian Manufacturing: Feds give $92k to Toronto off-grid technology firm

Canadian Manufacturing: Feds give $92k to Toronto off-grid technology firm

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"Clear Blue Technologies Inc. will receive $92,000 in government funding to help develop of its Smart Off-Grid technology, which is used in energy-saving off-grid devices such as solar and wind powered street lights.

John Carmichael, Member of Parliament for Don Valley West, said the funding is from the National Research Council of Canada’s Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP)."

Read the news here.

MP Carmichael Announces Support for Innovative Clean Energy Technologies in Toronto

MP Carmichael Announces Support for Innovative Clean Energy Technologies in Toronto

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MP Carmichael Announces Support for Innovative Clean Energy Technologies in Toronto

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 Aqualina at Bayside to promote the use of the company's innovative technology at the condo development.

Read the news here.

Pictured below from left to right: Angelo Del Duca, (Director, Industrial Research Assistance Program), Mark Windrim (Co-founder, Clear Blue Technologies Inc.), John Carmichael (Member of Parliament, Don Valley West), Leo Del Zotto (President, Tridel), Miriam Tuerk (Co-founder, Clear Blue Technologies Inc.), the Honourable Ed Holder (Minister of State, Science and Technology), John Tuerk (Co-founder, Clear Blue Technologies Inc.)


Clear Blue Technologies Raises $500K in Funding from Southern Ontario Fund for Investment in Innovation (SOFII)

Clear Blue Technologies Raises $500K in Funding from Southern Ontario Fund for Investment in Innovation (SOFII)

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Toronto, ON – March 10, 2015 – Clear Blue Technologies Inc. today announced that it has received $500K in funding from the Southern Ontario Fund for Investment in Innovation (SOFII). Launched by the Government of Canada in July 2012, SOFII supports high-growth, innovative Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) in rural and urban communities through loans ranging from $150,000 to $500,000. The loans are intended to support all aspects of growth challenges facing them.

“The funding from SOFII will be used to enhance our market leading Smart Off-Grid technology. With its advanced capabilities to remotely control, maintain and manage solar and wind powered systems, our technology is being integrated into an increasing number of products,” said Miriam Tuerk, CEO Clear Blue Technologies. “We appreciate the support and trust from the SOFII organization, and it will help us continue to grow our business and advance our technology.”

Clear Blue Technologies Announces Illumience Smart Off-Grid™ Management and Control

Clear Blue Technologies Announces Illumience Smart Off-Grid™ Management and Control

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Enhanced Cloud Software Monitors, Maintains and Services Solar and Wind Powered Devices over the Internet

Toronto, ON – February 25, 2014 – Clear Blue Technologies Inc., the Smart Off-Grid company, announced today their new Illumience™ Cloud software for the remote management and control of off-grid devices such as outdoor lighting, security, telecom, mobile and environmental systems. With Clear Blue’s Smart Off-Grid Controller and Illumience, mission critical systems can be powered by the sun and wind while achieving an unprecedented level of performance and reliability and a reduction in maintenance costs of up to 80%.

A growing number of manufacturers are incorporating Clear Blue’s technology into their products to provide reliable off-grid options, drive down the cost of maintenance and differentiate themselves in the market. Illumience enables these vendors or their customers to remotely control, maintain and service their off-grid systems over the Internet from a computer or smartphone. Key new features of Illumience include:

  • Predictive weather analysis: This powerful capability will estimate energy generation for the following six days based upon current load and local forecasts and will proactively make recommendations to conserve battery life. Administrators will also receive automatic notification of upcoming adverse weather events.
  • Roles-based administration: This allows for a wide variety of roles and privileges so system providers can easily support all their customers while individual customers can access only their own systems.
  • Customized branding – OEMs who integrate Clear Blue technology into their own products can now have their own branded Illumience Web portal including vanity URL, customized colors and corporate logo.
  • New provisioning system and simplified user administration– The process of enabling secure user access has been simplified, including the ability to enable via email or SMS for a specified period of time, which is useful during system installs for example.
  • Enhanced alarms and alerting -Each user can now set a variety of alarms to apply to all their systems or to a specific system, and can specify whether to send via email or SMS. Alarms can monitor system communications, short circuit, LVD, LVR, temperature, or any voltage / current reading for any port on the system. 
  • Streamlined administration and enhanced reporting – System templates and modifications to lighting profiles and other attributes can now be easily applied across multiple systems. Reports can now be printed and downloaded and users can set customized reporting periods.
  • Multi-language support –Illumience will be available in Spanish, German and French in addition to English in order to support international customers.
“Clear Blue’s remote management and control software is unique in the industry, and delivers the high reliability, performance and cost reductions needed to make off-grid systems a real alternative to electricity-powered devices,” said Mark Windrim, Chief Technology Officer of Clear Blue Technologies. “The new Illumience software extends our capabilities with predictive intelligence, streamlined administration and control and other features that bring the power of Smart Off-Grid to an ever-growing list of products in the market.”

About Clear Blue Technologies

Clear Blue Technologies, the Smart Off-Grid Company, combines green energy systems with the proven advantages of communications and cloud technology to power high performance off-grid lighting, security and mobile solutions. The company’s hybrid controller harvests energy from solar panels and wind turbines and is designed to be easily integrated into a variety of products to deliver highly reliable off-grid alternatives. The Illumience cloud-based software provides real time monitoring and control over the Internet from any PC or smartphone, delivering unmatched reliability and performance. Clear Blue’s Illumient division delivers high performance off-grid lighting systems.

Clear Blue Technologies Receives 2014 Las Vegas M2M Evolution Business Impact Award

Clear Blue Technologies Receives 2014 Las Vegas M2M Evolution Business Impact Award

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TORONTO, ON - August 21, 2014 – Clear Blue Technologies, the Smart Off-Grid Company, announced today that it has received a 2014 M2M Evolution Business Impact Awards from TMC and Crossfire Media which was announced at the recent M2M Evolution Conference & Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Business Impact Awards program recognized a select group of companies and business leaders who have successfully leveraged M2M and the Internet of Things (IoT) to solve a business issue, launch a new service or create revenue opportunities.

The Clear Blue system features solar and wind power controllers paired with advanced cloud-based software to deliver unmatched reliability and control of off-grid solutions such as street lights, security systems, mobile power and signage, electric charging stations and other applications. The company’s Horizon cloud software lets owners remotely monitor and control their systems over the Internet, change lighting profiles in real time, run diagnostics and optimize power-management, and slashes the cost of maintenance by eliminating expensive service calls and enabling proactive maintenance. Data is streamed in real time to Horizon using the seamless global connectivity of the KORE network.

“Clear Blue is pleased to be recognized for our unique Smart Off-Grid capabilities, which is what differentiates our technology from other off-grid control systems,” said Miriam Tuerk, Co-founder and COO of Clear Blue Technologies. “Real time information enables the remote monitoring and control that ensures the highest levels of reliability and performance, making solar and wind powered devices viable for even the most critical applications.”

“The Business Impact Awards showcase the wealth of opportunity to be found in M2M and IoT technology across a broad range of industries and for a variety of business needs and applications,” said Carl Ford, CEO, Crossfire Media, executive director of content, M2M Evolution. “We were impressed by the amount of innovation from Clear Blue Technologies and we look forward to seeing how these businesses will continue to leverage M2M and IoT in the future.”

The Business Impact winners will be featured in the M2M eNewsletter and website.

About Clear Blue Technologies

Clear Blue Technologies, the Smart Off-Grid Company, combines green energy with the proven advantages of communications and cloud technology to power high performance off-grid lighting, security and mobile solutions. The company’s hybrid controller harvests energy from solar panels and a wind turbine and is designed to be easily integrated into a variety of products to deliver highly reliable off-grid alternatives. The Horizon cloud-based software provides real time monitoring and control of the off-grid system over the Internet from any PC or smartphone, delivering unmatched reliability and performance. Clear Blue’s Illumient division delivers high performance off-grid lighting systems.

Clear Blue Technologies Announces $500K Co-Investment from Grenville Strategic Royalties and Ontario Centres of Excellence

Clear Blue Technologies Announces $500K Co-Investment from Grenville Strategic Royalties and Ontario Centres of Excellence

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - June 17, 2014) - Clear Blue Technologies Inc. today announced that Grenville Strategic Royalties and Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) have co-invested $500,000 in the company to accelerate market growth of its Smart Off-Grid technology. Both Grenville and OCE have made prior investments in Clear Blue, which were instrumental in helping the company commercialize its green energy technology.

The Clear Blue system, developed with assistance from Centennial and George Brown Colleges, features solar and wind power controllers paired with advanced cloud-based software to deliver unmatched reliability and control of off-grid solutions such as street lights, security systems, mobile power and signage, electric charging stations and applications. The company's Horizon cloud software lets owners remotely monitor and control their systems over the Internet, change lighting profiles in real time, run diagnostics and optimize power-management, and slashes the cost of maintenance by eliminating expensive service calls and enabling proactive maintenance.

"The investment by Grenville and OCE validates the benefits and market potential of our Smart Off-Grid technology, which brings the reliability of on-grid power to the world of green energy applications," said Miriam Tuerk, COO Clear Blue Technologies. "The new funding will allow us to build on the momentum we established in our first year of sales by increased investment in R&D, sales and marketing. We appreciate the continued support by Grenville and OCE which will enable to us to continue to grow our business and enhance our technology."

"Grenville invests in companies in what we call 'Strategic Markets' such as technology, supply chain and green energy solutions. Our royalty-based financing provides growth companies with attractive financing with less restrictive terms and better alignment with founders than traditional venture capital," said Steve Parry, Chairman of the Board of Grenville Strategic Royalty. "Clear Blue has built a strong sales pipeline based on its unique smart off-grid technology, and we are confident in the ability of the Clear Blue team to leverage the investment into high growth in 2014 and beyond."

Ontario Centres of Excellence drives the development of Ontario's economy by helping create new jobs, products, services, technologies and businesses. In partnership with industry, OCE co-invests to commercialize innovation originating in the province's publicly funded colleges, universities and research hospitals.

"OCE is proud to once again support Clear Blue through our Market Readiness program," said Dr. Tom Corr, President and CEO. "The team at Clear Blue has already proven that they can deliver on their commitments and we are confident that this additional funding will help them move to the next level."

About Clear Blue Technologies
Clear Blue Technologies, the Smart Off-Grid company, combines green energy with the proven advantages of communications and cloud technology to power high performance off-grid lighting, security and mobile solutions. The company's hybrid controller harvests energy from solar panels and a wind turbine and is designed to be easily integrated into a variety of products to deliver highly reliable off-grid alternatives. The Horizon cloud-based software provides real time monitoring and control of the off-grid system over the Internet from any PC or smartphone, delivering unmatched reliability and performance. Clear Blue's Illumient division delivers high performance off-grid lighting systems.

About Grenville
Grenville is a Toronto-based company that was formed to provide royalty-based finance solutions by acquiring revenue streams generated by growing industrial and technology businesses. Grenville has identified a large and underserviced finance market for companies generating up to $50 million in revenue, many of which are well managed and generating improving cash flow, but face difficult financing hurdles from traditional debt and equity markets. The non-dilutive royalty financing structure offered by Grenville can bridge the financing needs of these companies until traditional debt or equity is available to them on more attractive commercial terms. The application of Grenville's royalty financing structure into sectors not traditionally serviced by royalty companies represents a new and innovative financing model - Capital Simplified - that has already attracted a considerable number of opportunities with attractive potential returns.

About Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) Inc. (www.oce-ontario.org)
Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) drives the commercialization of cutting-edge research across key market sectors to build the economy of tomorrow and secure Ontario's global competitiveness. In doing this, OCE fosters the training and development of the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs and is a key partner with Ontario's industry, universities, colleges, research hospitals, investors and government ministries. A champion of leading-edge technologies, best practices and research, OCE invests in sectors such as advanced health, information and communications technology, digital media, advanced materials and manufacturing, agri-food, aerospace, transportation, energy, and the environment including water and mining. OCE is a key partner in delivering Ontario's Innovation Agenda as a member of the province's Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE). Funded by the Government of Ontario, the ONE is made up of regional and sector-focused organizations and helps Ontario-based entrepreneurs and industry rapidly grow their company and create jobs.

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