Eco Innovation

No 10. April 2013

Energy Storage Project
Energy storage company Ecoult has won a grant from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) to improve its Deka UltraBattery technology that can deliver cost effective energy storage solutions for homes and businesses. The $480,000 grant is for a small/mid-sized storage pilot project to develop a prototype for three types of applications. Read More

The Sound of Chewing Termites
A dramatic reduction in the amount of pesticides needed to stop termites and other pests is possible with a technology developed at Edith Cowan University and now being commercialized. Engineering researcher Associate Professor Adam Osseiran has developed an environmental monitoring and protection device that uses wireless sensor networks to detect several species of pests. Read More

International Renewable Plastics Deal
Plantic Technologies is to supply plastic food trays made from bio-based renewable natural materials to Profish Food B.V. Netherlands, a European agent, processor and distributor of fresh fish. Plantic's eco Plastic trays comprise up to 80 per cent commercially grown natural raw materials certified as renewable material. It also has an oxygen transmission rate of less than one-tenth of one percent, creating ultra high barrier packaging materials that can significantly increase shelf life and improve product freshness. Read More

Biogas IPO to Raise $1 Million
A biogas project developer is looking to raise up to $1 million and list on the specialist SIM VSE stock exchange for early stage cleantech companies. Chairman Dr John Cronin says both gas and electricity prices are rising, yet each year we throw away enough food scraps, manure, sewage and other organic waste to power almost a million homes. Read More

Wave Power Commercialization to Speed Up
Bombora Wave Power, whose novel Wave Energy Converter Device (WECD) was one of five winners in the GE Ecomagination Challenge 2013, is to speed up fund raising and commercialization of the technology. The Ecomagination Challenge was open to all businesses, entrepreneurs and innovators to share their best ideas on how to reduce carbon emissions, and attracted 191 entries from Australia and New Zealand. Bombora won $100,000. Read More

Port Hedland Waste to Energy Project on Way
A 100,000 tonne per year waste to energy project is a step closer with the WA Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) recommending approval for the project. New Energy Corporation wants to build the plant at Port Hedland to process waste that would otherwise go to landfill. At full capacity, the Port Hedland Waste to Energy Project could produce enough energy to power the equivalent of 21,000 homes in the Pilbara. Read More

Fund Raising for Tyre Recycler
Tyre recycler Green Distillation Technologies is planning to raise $7.5 million to fund its first commercial plant ahead of a planned public listing in 2014, says a report by the Wall Street Journal. The company is commercializing a technology that can turn used tyres into carbon and oil and recover the steel without emissions. The company says the pyrolytic process is environmentally sustainable and energy neutral, and can reduce oil imports. Read More

Reducing Power Costs in Commercial Buildings
Launceston-based Definium Technologies has received a grant to help it develop technology to reduce the cost of power in commercial buildings. The $134,135 grant is under the first round of the Federal Government's $200 million Clean Technology Innovation Fund. Read More

Largest Biodiesel Plant to Open
The largest biodiesel plant in Australia is closer to restarting operations thanks to a $1.2 million investment by a Canadian biofuels company. The 150 million litre per year plant at Darwin, owned by Territory Biofuels Limited (TBF), was shut down in 2009 due to feedstock constraints. Read More

Outback Ecology Acquired by Multinational
Outback Ecology, an environmental consultancy for the natural resources and mining industry for over 20 years, has been acquired by MWH Global, a multinational consulting, engineering and construction services firm for the water, energy, natural resources and infrastructure sectors. Read More

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