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Australian inventors working on projects that could cut pollution emissions and increase energy efficiency have won funding to help bring them to market. Innovation Minister, Senator Kim Carr, announced $3.7 million to support nine inventions through the Commercialisation Australia program.
“Australia is a creative and innovative nation but too often our inventions never make it to market – where they can really make a difference,” Senator Carr said.
“This funding will help enterprising companies commercialise their products so they can really make a difference where it counts”.
The inventions include three clean technology projects that could produce oil from recycled tyres, provide low-cost grey water treatment, and increase fuel efficiency in cars.
Five information and communications technology (ICT) inventions will also be supported through the grant funding, including a web platform that will help sporting organisations, and networking software to enhance online games.
Inventors from across Australia will be helped through a network of 22 Case Managers who are experienced advisers with first-hand knowledge of building their own businesses.
Since its launch less than two years ago, Commercialisation Australia has assisted 154 innovators with funding of $61.6 million and expert advice from its national Case Manager network.
Latest round of Government Grant funding results:
|Green Distillation Technologies Pty Ltd||
|Commercialisation of an innovative process to resolve the long standing, global environmental problem of tyre disposal, to produce oil, carbon and recover steel from end of life
tyres. The environmentally sustainable, energy neutral process, will contribute to clean energy supply and reduce oil
imports to Australia. Proof of Concept funding from Commercialisation Australia will allow construction of a
simulated commercial production module following a successful pilot plant trial proving the technology.
|Aerofloat (Holdings) Pty Ltd||
|Aerofloat provides an innovative treatment solution for houseboat greywater waste on Australian inland waters.
With funding from Commercialisation Australia, this project will develop and commercialise a larger model (using the
existing proven and patented design) to penetrate new markets, namely the residential water reuse and industrial
wastewater markets both nationally and overseas. Due to the systems mechanical simplicity and resulting affordability, there is significant interest in India to use the product to treat
greywater for reuse in toilet flushing. This will assist the Indian Government in their current drive for water
conservation and improvement of public health issues associated with water use.
|liveBOX aims to revolutionise live streaming, providing the
capability to simultaneously stream multiple broadcasts to
multiple devices in full HD. Current live webcasting is a
service and not productised. It is also not scalable as more
live webcasts require more equipment, with each location
requiring additional specialised staff. Viocorp thrives on
changing the problems of live webcasting in its current form.
By productising live webcasting through liveBOX, Viocorp
will enable its clients to run multiple, live, high quality
webcasts from anywhere around the globe to any IP enabled
device. Funding from Commercialisation Australia will help
Viocorp International Pty Ltd engage an experienced
executive and conduct Proof of Concept trials.
|Learning Frameworks Pty Ltd||
|Learning Frameworks offers web-based services to improve
the outcomes of self directed and mentored learning in an
online environment. The project aims to integrate learning
and knowledge capture and sharing to improve learning
outcomes and grow the capacity of club-based (grassroots)
sporting organisations. With funding support from
Commercialisation Australia, Learning Frameworks will
complete its software platform for the beta release of the
world’s first Global Knowledge Exchange for sport.
|Whispir (www.whispir.com) is an Australian technology
leader, providing high availability, multi-channel
communications software. Whispir has developed a new
cloud-based platform, called OpenWhispir, that will enable
organisations to more effectively engage with private and
public communities to source information; execute plans and
tasks; and build real-time situational awareness of an event
as it unfolds. Funding from Commercialisation Australia will
enable Whispir to complete development and
commercialisation of the technology for launch of
OpenWhispir in Australia, Europe and the USA.
|Scalify Pty Ltd||
|Scalify Pty Ltd is a start-up company formed to
commercialise networking technology developed by the
NICTA research labs. The product uses a novel ‘peer to
peer’ networking approach that enables publishers of online
games to develop games that are more attractive to play,
have better performance and lower operating costs. The
Commercialisation Australia Proof of Concept funding will be
used to conduct a commercial trial with a publisher of a very
large online game, thereby demonstrating the commercial
value of the technology to major game publishers.
|Ino8 Pty Ltd||
|Only around 20% of the fuel consumed drives a car forward,
the remaining 80% is wasted as heat. Ino8 Pty Ltd has
invented a very cost effective modification to an engine
lubrication system that recovers wasted heat and reduces
fuel consumption, emissions and engine wear. Proof of
Concept funding from Commercialisation Australia will help
to accelerate the market introduction with independent tests
to quantify and optimise the benefits of this OVER7 invention
with a small modern mass produced engine.
|Clarinox Technologies Pty Ltd||
|Clarinox has developed an integrated approach to
embedded systems development (wIDE) for use by the
electronics industry in the creation of life-saving
technologies, solutions for the world’s energy problems and
making transportation systems safer. The goal is for wIDE to
be the development environment of choice for developers of
innovative new electronics devices. Funding from
Commercialisation Australia will enable the company to
engage industry experts to form an intellectual property
strategy, and assist in the development of a
commercialisation plan with emphasis on sales and
|Ceridia Pty Ltd||
|Ceridia has developed a novel drug reformulation system
which can be used to improve the performance of new and
existing medications. Problems such as poor drug solubility
can be improved by the system, which has the capability to
make injectable only drugs suitable for oral administration.
The ability to enhance new and existing medicines is
expected to improve clinical outcomes for patients. Funding
from Commercialisation Australia will be used to support
planning in preparation for clinical development and equity