Up to $5M of funding to commercialise clean technologies.
The Clean Technology Innovation Program is a $200 million competitive, merit-based grant program. It will assist Australian industry to maintain competitiveness in a carbon-constrained economy through providing funding to support applied research and development, proof of concept and early stage commercialisation activities to develop new products, processes and services in the areas of clean energy, low-emission technology and other energy-efficient technologies.
Some of the recipients so far include:
For the purpose of the Clean Technology Innovation Program, clean technology is defined as the development and/or adaptation of an economically competitive and productive technology and/or associated services designed to deliver greater energy efficiency and/or greater reduction in greenhouse gas emissions than its alternatives.
A broad range of project applications and technologies are expected. For example projects could include, but are not limited to:
The objective of the Clean Technology Innovation Program is to increase applied research and development, proof of concept and early stage commercialisation activities that lead to the development of new clean technologies and associated services including low emission and energy efficient solutions, that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The Clean Technology Innovation Program aims to help industries become more competitive and assist in the transition to a low carbon future by developing a range of clean technologies and associated services.
The Clean Technology Innovation Program provides up to 50 percent of eligible expenditure for the costs of the applied R&D, proof of concept and early stage commercialisation activities in approved eligible projects, up to a maximum of $5 million.
A Clean Technology Innovation Program applicant does not need to have all matching funding at the time of application. However, the applicant must show it can match the grant at the rate it will incur eligible expenditure on the project. The applicant must be able to demonstrate the ability to fund the costs of the project not met by the grant. It cannot use in-kind (non-financial) contributions or other government grant sources. Other government grant sources include grants from Federal, State, Territory, local and international government sources.
Clean Technology Innovation Program applicants must provide documentary evidence of their ability to match the grant funding in the application.
All Clean Technology Innovation Program applicants will need to provide an Accountant’s Declaration as evidence. For projects with grant amounts of more than $500,000, applicants will also need to provide the following:
Details of their project funding strategy, indicating the sources of funding for their share of the project. This can include balance sheets, bank statements, cash flow documents, loan agreements, investor agreements, or confirmed purchase orders.
The maximum Clean Technology Innovation Program project duration is two-and-a-half years from the project start date. There is no minimum project duration.
The Clean Technology Innovation Program will be designed to be as flexible as possible and will provide support for research and development, proof of concept and early-stage commercialisation activities. The terms R&D, proof-of-concept, pre-commercialisation and demonstration activities are fairly broad in nature and encompass a wide range of undertakings including, for instance, applied research, IP protection and management, product testing and development, experimental development or prototyping.
Clean Technology Innovation Program eligible expenditure must be directly related to project activities (R&D, proof of concept and early stage commercialisation).
Generally, expenditure under the following headings is eligible (that is, attracts matching government funding) if it is directly related to eligible project activities (applied research and development, proof of concept, and early stage commercialisation):
Other miscellaneous expenditure, if directly related to eligible project activities, may be eligible.
Clean Technology Innovation Program funds cannot be spent on the indirect support costs of research or staff (e.g. non-salary overheads), nor to reimburse participants for the costs associated with existing staff or other resources. In other words, grant funds cannot be used to subsidise labour costs for day-to-day operations.
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A Tasmanian manufacturing company based in Burnie will use revenue from the carbon price to devise a world-first monitoring system to improve the energy efficiency of electrical railway and tram lines.
Dunham Holdings Pty Ltd, trading as Hivotech, has been awarded a grant of up to $499,748 under the Clean Technology Innovation Program to develop and trial its Network Integrity Management System (NIMS).
The Minister for Climate Change, Industry and Innovation, Greg Combet, and the Federal Member for Braddon, Sid Sidebottom, announced the grant and congratulated the company for its innovative idea.
“This is a great example of a clever Tasmanian business coming up with a solution to a world-wide problem. Hivotech’s system could virtually eliminate the laborious and expensive physical maintenance cycle for electrical railway and tramlines,” Mr Combet said.
“This grant will allow electrical railway and tramline operators to remotely identify the location of faults in the network and target their maintenance effort,” said Mr Sidebottom.
“This will make it easier to detect faults and reduce power leakages, improving energy efficiency and cutting emissions.
“It’s further proof of the innovative spirit which exists in the North West of Tasmania, demonstrating the ability to take a great idea and turn it to a practical and beneficial end.”
The main element of NIMS is a monitoring unit mounted at the top of power grid support poles every 2 kilometres for rail and every 500 meters for trams. These units measure the condition of the network at that point – namely the insulators which support electrical power transmission wires.
Rail networks operate a 45-day maintenance cycle to inspect every insulator and joint. The annual maintenance budget for the Australian electric rail industry as a whole is more than $3 billion.
The $200 million Clean Technology Innovation Program is supporting innovative businesses to develop new clean technologies and is an important part of the Gillard Government’s plan for a Clean Energy Future.
The program provides grants of between $50,000 and $5 million.