Water system shares in funding

An innovative water system that mirrors cyclonic storm action to purify water for reuse is the recipient of government funding.

An innovative water system which mirrors cyclonic storm action to purify water for reuse is one of 14 Australian projects to each receive $70,400 in Commercialising Emerging Technologies (COMET) funding.

Senator Kim Carr, Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, announced the latest COMET grants today.

Sustainable Freshwater Technologies of New South Wales uses a water purification system that injects compressed air into grey house water, an action which mirrors cyclonic storm action.

This and the project’s vortex system cause an environment which eliminates fungus and legionella and enables the reuse of valuable water.

Among the other 13 projects to receive a $70,400 COMET grant are:

• a process to reuse and recycle electronic equipment such as computers, printers and mobile phones. SBBM Enterprises of Tasmania has developed its post-consumer ‘e-waste’ process, with the innovation in its environmentally benign recycling of electronic waste.

• new attachment tools for use from both sides of small and light helicopters, developed by GRID Services of Queensland. The tools will improve safety and productivity for power line stringing, cleaning and maintenance of electrical transmission wires.

• a toxic gas detection system for residential and commercial buildings, developed by EVRsafe Solutions, of South Australia. The system can activate alarms and exhaust fans, open doors and windows as well as report and monitor.

COMET is helping great Australian innovations gain a foothold in the marketplace, boosting the economy and supporting high-wage, high-skill jobs.

The COMET program is one of more than 30 business programs delivered by AusIndustry.

A list of the grants announced today is attached. Information on COMET can be found at www.ausindustry.gov.au

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