Manufacturing technologies receive COMET grant

A new 'Smartbrake' for cars, the world's first diesel-powered helicopter system and a grey water treatment process are among the latest products to receive support under the Commercialising Emerging Technologies (COMET) program.

A new ‘Smartbrake’ for cars, the world’s first diesel-powered helicopter system and a grey water treatment process are among the latest products to receive support under the Commercialising Emerging Technologies (COMET) program.

Innovation Minister CompanyName,121373 , Senator Kim Carr, has announced 48 COMET grants totalling almost $3.4 million to help bring innovative Australian projects to market.

The grant recipients, who each receive $70,400 in COMET funds, include:

 Extron Design Services, of Victoria, which has developed ‘Smartbrake’, an advanced electronic control system that will automatically activate a vehicle’s park brake in the event that the driver exits the vehicle and neglects to apply the park brake. 

 Delta Development, of Queensland, which is marketing a lightweight, diesel-powered, two-seater utility helicopter (called Delta D2) specifically designed for remote conditions such as regional Australia.  This will be the world’s first diesel engine helicopter. 

 Aerofloat (Australia), of NSW, which has developed a product to treat grey water using a process known as dissolved air floatation (or DAF) which automatically separates fats, oils, food scraps, household chemicals, soaps, detergents, bacteria and viruses and allows the discharge or re-use of high-quality water.

COMET is closed for applications. The Government is now accepting applications under the new, $196 million Commercialisation Australia.

Commercialisation Australia is providing assistance to help innovative businesses and researchers turn their ideas into dollars through a range of tailored assistance measures. These measures include funding to access specialised advice and services.