Eco Innovation

No 9. March 2013

Affordable Solar Energy Breakthrough
Technique Solar Ltd (TSL) says it has achieved a breakthrough in lowering solar energy costs with a technology that uses a concentrator lens and 75 per cent fewer photovoltaic (PV) cells to produce the same electrical energy as a traditional flat plate array with the same area as the lens. Read More


Organic Waste Recycling Acquisition
Sydney based recycling innovator AKT Evolution Pty Ltd (AKTE) has acquired a majority stake in Pambula Engineering on the NSW south coast as part of its expansion plans. AKTE has a patented and established technology for extracting nutrients from organic wastes, and says it has a growing order book for its machines. Read More


Cleaning the City Without Chemicals
Enzyme Wizard says chemical-free cleaning using enzymes is a growing trend among corporate and government clients, and cleaners of major CBD sites are adopting the environmentally friendly products over chemically dense alternatives as it helps the environment and raises Occupational Health and Safety Standards. Read More

High-tech Home Furnace for Power and Hot Water
MiPower International Ltd is developing what it says is the world's first almost emission free wood burning furnace for generating electricity for homes and businesses. The MiPower System will combine off-the-shelf technologies to produce a unique product that is clean burning enough and with low flue temperatures that it does not need a traditional flue. There will be no visible smoke and no odour. Read More

Micro-inverter Makes Solar Energy More Competitive
Semitech Semiconductor Pty Ltd has developed a single-chip micro-inverter that makes solar energy more competitive and reliable for households and businesses. The technology will increase the power generated by solar energy systems by up to 10 per cent without the increased costs associated with micro-inverters. Read More

Plan for Nappy Recycling Plant
Relivit Holdings Ltd is planning to open Australia's first nappy recycling plant in Sydney in 2014 and generate revenue from processing the waste and selling the materials it recovers. The plant will be able to sterilize the waste and separate the wood fibre and plastics before preparing these materials for resale. The high quality wood fibre can be reused to make paper products and the plastics can be used for construction materials and outdoor furniture. Read More

Organic Fertilizer Creates Nutrients and Biochar
Geomite Developments Pty Ltd says the formulation for its Geomite soil improver and natural fertilizer is now at the point where it can be marketed as a flowable granulate for direct application or dissolved for fertigation. An even more promising application is its potential use as a feed additive to replace current hormone products in food production, says founder, Barry Hayes. Read More

Pre-Commercial Biojet Plant
Biofuels company Licella Pty Ltd has won a $5.4 million grant through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) to assess the feasibility of constructing its first pre-commercial biofuel plant. Licella has developed a Catalytic Hydrothermal Reactor process that can use any biomass as a feedstock, including abundant low cost plant matter such as saw mill waste, and produce bio- crude oils for a range of drop-in biofuels including petrol, diesel and jet fuel. Read More

Canadian Support for Atlantis Tidal Energy Project
Atlantis Resources Corporation has won a $5 million grant from the Canadian Government towards a 1 megawatt or more tidal energy project in the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia. The company will work with Lockheed Martin and Irving Shipbuilding to develop, build, deploy and monitor the turbine at the Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy test site. Deployment of the turbine is planned for summer 2015. Read More

Progress for Two Bioenergy Projects
BioSyngas Pty Ltd has made progress with two bioenergy projects: the development of an up to 3 MW biomass power plant in the Douglas Daly area in the Northern Territory, and a 3 MWe plus power plant at Wagga Wagga that could convert animal waste to biogas. Read More

Algae to Biofuels Grant
Biofuel company Muradel Pty Ltd has won a $4.4 million grant from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) to demonstrate its algal biofuel technology. Muradel will put the funding towards a $10.7 million project to upscale its marine algal production and harvesting technology from pilot to demonstration size. The plant is near Whyalla in South Australia. Read More

Materials-Efficient Ignition
A two man company developing an environmentally friendly power controller for household gas appliances has won a $50,000 grant from the South Australian Government. Rubitronics Pty Ltd develops electronic controllers for appliances such as cooktops and ovens that ignite gas. Read More

Route to Asia for Sustainable Health Oil
Organic omega-3 oil producer Qponics has a route to the Asia Pacific market with a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Melbourne-based Nutrition Care Pharmaceuticals Pty Ltd. Qponics is developing a novel aquaculture system to grow algae for the commercial production of organic vegetarian oil high in EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids needed for good health. Read More

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