Chief Engineer Andrew Tanner has won the 2014 Advance Global Australian of the Year Award for Clean Technology.

Mr Tanner has over ten years’ experience in concentrating solar and deploying advanced solar heating and cooling solutions.

He assisted in starting Australian solar company Ausra and built Australia’s largest solar thermal installation which ultimately led to the largest Series A investment for a cleantech company in Silicon Valley ($50 million), according to Advance.

In August 2012, Mr Tanner joined THiNKnrg as their Chief Engineer to assist in the project development and deployment of a number of heating and cooling technologies in the US as well as the emerging Latin American markets.

Chromasun Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer Mikal Greaves, who nominated Mr Tanner for the award, said "What makes Andrew such a visionary in the clean tech industry is his powerful mix of strong technical expertise combined with his natural business and marketing talent. 
“This combination enables him to synthesise the often conflicting requirements of various clean technologies, understand the customers’ true needs and craft innovative product and market based solutions.”

The Advance Global Australian Awards recognise the contributions of Australians living overseas, who show leadership and innovation in their chosen fields.