Building-integrated photovoltaics company ClearVue Technologies has been awarded a $2 million grant from the Western Australian government to bring manufacturing of its core components onshore.
The company will establish a WA-based photovoltaic (PV) and nanoparticle components manufacturing facility.
Onshoring will mitigate supply chain risks in line with the company’s global strategy, while benefitting the economy, according to an announcement.
Acting CEO and Executive Director Jamie Lyford said the company was ‘incredibly grateful’ for the government support, which was signed with WA Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Jobs and Trade, Roger Cook (pictured).
“Covid and the Ukraine way have confirmed that control of the manufacturing of our core components is critical to ensuring our future supply chain.
“We are all very pleased that we will be able to keep certain core parts of the business within Western Australia going forward – including creating new local skilled jobs and diversifying the economy – even as we are reaching out into global markets including our key sales territories of the US and Europe.”
The Perth company, which makes glass that generates power from the Sun, received the grant from the government’s Investment Attraction Fund.
ClearVue’s products are specified for commercial building glazed facades, helping generate electricity to run the buildings and their operations.
The company worked with the Electron Science Research Institute at Edith Cowan University to develop its technology.
Deputy Premier Cook said the investment fund aimed to capitalise on WA’s comparative advantages, including its ‘thriving innovation ecosystem’.
Cook said: “A trailblazer in the field of advanced solar glazing and window solutions, ClearVue is a genuine WA success story.
“The $2 million Investment Attraction Fund grant will enable ClearVue to manufacture its key components onshore for the foreseeable future.”
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Picture: WA Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Jobs and Trade Roger Cook (centre), ClearVue Chairman Victor Rosenberg (at right), and CleareVue CEO Jamie Lyford