Under the inaugural NERA Innovation Voucher programme, 10 Australian businesses have each been awarded a AUS$20 000 grant which will allow them to deliver an innovative solution to a technical challenge that had limited their customer’s ability to maximise their business operations.
NERA Chief Executive Miranda Taylor said it was vital Australian SMEs were given the opportunity to showcase their skills to the broader industry. She said it was clear from the impressive cross section of Innovation Voucher applicants that Australian SMEs were world class in innovating for the energy resources sector.
“Technology is rapidly changing Australia’s energy resources sector from a pipeline business model based on long term contracts and small numbers of Tier One contractors to a portfolio model based on a different approach to the management of risk and multiple partners driving innovation and productivity,” Ms Taylor said.
"The ground-breaking innovations we've seen through our program show that Australia can use innovation to respond to higher energy costs, a lower emissions environment and a societal move towards renewable energy sources and clean technologies.
“Partnering early in the development phase provides businesses and entrepreneurs with a clearer pathway to adoption as the end-users have been engaged in the development phase.”
The recipients of the inaugural Innovation Vouchers have proposed solutions for safer operations, digital solutions for personnel mobility as well as applications for drone technology.
The full recipient list is detailed below:
- Exploration Drill Rigs Pty Ltd – Power Drill (QLD).
- Imagine Intelligent Materials Pty Ltd & Duromer Products Pty Ltd - Smart Screens (NSW).
- Kinetic Group Worldwide – Hydrate Membrane Gel (QLD).
- Kinyun Australia – Wearable Sensor for Tracking Personnel in Underground Mines (NSW).
- Project Match Australia Pty Ltd – MyPass (NSW).
- Soter Analytics – Wearable Sensor for Back & Muscular Skeletal Injuries (NSW).
- Stochastic Simulation Ltd – Pseudo Transient Solution for FlowAssure (WA).
- Tensa Equipment – Active Heave Compensated Pedestal (WA).
- Tensa Equipment – Roborigger (WA).
- Verterra Ecological Engineering – Remotely Piloted Aerial Systems (RPAS) for seed dispersal and establishment monitoring on problematic mine rehabilitation areas (QLD).
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