Aussie industry ministry awards grants for new energy tech
Author: Bill Brooks. License: Creative commons, Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic.
Projects for the development of energy management and energy storage technologies won AUD 3.4 million (USD 2.6m/EUR 2.2m) in grants in the fourth Cooperative Research Centre Projects (CRC-P) selection round by the Australian industry ministry.
Solar Analytics Pty Ltd is among the awardees, leading the AUD-5.68-million Integrated Smart Home Energy Management, Control and Data Visibility project. It is partnering with the University of New South Wales, Ergon Energy Queensland Pty Ltd and several other local firms firms. The CRC-P award for the project amounts to AUD 1.89 million.
A project to develop a high performance energy storage technology alternative to lithium ion batteries got AUD 1.5 million to cover part of the total cost of AUD 3.45 million. First Graphite Ltd is partnering in the project with Swinburne University of Technology, Flinders University of South Australia and Kremford (VIC) Pty Ltd.
The list of awardees also includes a project led by Amber Power Holdings Ltd for the innovative generation of low cost, zero-emission electricity. The whole project is valued at AUD 10.16 million and it is getting AUD 3 million in the CRC-P round. Mirvac Ltd and the University of New South Wales are also participating.
The fourth CRC-P selection round opened on July 3 and the 15 winners across various sectors were announced on December 6. The next round under the programme, whose goal is to support short term industry-led collaborations to develop important new technologies, products and services, opens in February and closes in March 2018. The results will be announced in June.