Australian innovations share in $633,600 of government funding

A miniature camera providing clearer eyes for remotely controlled vehicles and a chemical-free water purifying process are among the latest innovative projects to receive Australian Government assistance to bring them to market.

A miniature camera providing clearer eyes for remotely controlled vehicles and a chemical-free water purifying process are among the latest innovative projects to receive Australian Government assistance to bring them to market.

Senator Kim Carr, Minister for Industry, has announced the latest Commercialising Emerging Technologies (COMET) grants to nine Australian projects, totalling $633,600 in national funding.

Innovative companies and their projects included in the funding are:

· Deepvision 3D, of Western Australia, has developed a 3D camera for remotely operated vehicles in hazardous environments such as underwater vehicles but can be applied to other tele-operated vehicles, like those in the mining and agricultural sectors. Deepvision’s design and manufacture overcome common problems like flickering images in similar cameras.

· Viva Blu, of New South Wales, has developed a chemical-free water treatment system which consumes half the power of standard systems significantly reducing costs.Science laboratories have used the technology for some time and Viva Blu’s innovative and cost-effective process makes it available for large scale applications.

· TM Organics, of South Australia, has developed an online tool to help farmers and producers meet organic compliance standards for certification at both the start-up stage and managing annual certification by guiding the producer through compliance requirements.

For a full list of COMET grants visit www.ausindustry.gov.au

With the commencement of Commercialisation Australia, the COMET program will be closed to new applications from 1 January 2010. It will continue to be available to customers who lodge completed applications prior to closure and customers with ongoing COMET grants. Potential customers are invited to visit the Commercialisation Australia website: www.innovation.gov.au/CommercialisationAustralia