Eco Innovator November 2011
Market Validation Program
Three environmental companies
have received grants for feasibility studies under the Victorian Government's
Smart SMEs Market Validation Program.
"The Smart SMEs Market
Validation Program is a $28 million competitive grants program that assists
small and medium businesses develop innovative products, processes and
services that meet the future technology needs of Victorian Government
agencies, and which have potential to find wider markets for participating
businesses," said minister for Innovation, Services and Small Business,
In this round, 12 projects
each received $100,000 to develop innovative solutions to identified problems.
Technology company Enviro Stream
Solutions received funding to investigate a stormwater treatment device
for Yarra Valley Water. The project aims to remove toxins from stormwater
to an acceptable level for non-drinking household purposes such as garden
use, toilet flushing and laundry.
The passive stormwater treatment
project involves stormwater harvesting, nanoparticles, photocatalysts,
and pathogen removal.
Earth Systems received a grant
for the beneficial re-use of biosolids. It will work with Melbourne Water
to investigate sustainable and beneficial uses of biosolids including
recovery of valuable products, reduced volumes of waste, reduced operational
costs through on-site energy generation and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.
The project involves resource recovery, biogas, syngas, bio-synthetic
natural gas, and renewable electricity.
Algae Enterprises received
a grant for an algae biomass to biogas project. Algae Enterprises will
work with Melbourne Water to investigate the production of biogas from
algae biomass grown in wastewater for renewable energy generation. The
project involves energy conversion, microalgae, renewable electricity,
and resource recovery.