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Innovative manufacturers share in $2.4m

A silent micro wind turbine that could be used in household backyards to generate energy and a web-based software program that can predict recovery times for injured people are among 38 projects to share $2.4 million in Commercialising Emerging Technologies (COMET) funding to market their products.

Altaus’s silent 1kw micro wind turbine stands 2m tall and can generate electricity with winds of just 5.5 metres a second. The company will use the grant to develop a strategic business plan.

Advise Rehab Software has developed a web-based software package that can predict recovery time and rehabilitation costs for injured persons.

Among the other products to receive a $64,000 COMET grant are:

• A multi-purpose, solar-powered automatic portable feeder system, developed by Loxley Ventures of Breakwater, in Victoria, to dispense grain and pellets in paddocks.

• A brick-making process developed by Geo Brick, of Bealiba in Victoria, that emits much less carbon dioxide than the current method and gives builders a greener type of house bricks.

• A stent developed by NeuStent of Sydney, that is small enough for use in brain surgery and can be removed easily after the operation. The COMET program is one of more than 30 business programs delivered by AusIndustry.

A full list of the latest grants can be found at

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