Up to $3M is available from the NERA Clean Technology Grant to enhance productivity, competitiveness and sustainability of the energy resources sector.

NERA Clean Technology Grant

NERA Clean Technology Grant

NERA (National Energy Resources Australia) Clean Technology Grant is seeking to provide funding to projects that demonstrate the integration of clean technology solutions with the energy resources sector (oil, gas, uranium and coal extraction and processing operations) with the objective of improving energy efficiency, productivity and sustainability within that sector. Projects can include solutions for renewable energy, hybrid energy, smart grid, energy storage, energy efficiency, water treatment, waste management, air quality and resource efficiency.

 

Background

NERA (National Energy Resources Australia) is an industry-led, not-for-profit initiative, which aims, through a national focus, to improve competitiveness,
collaboration and productivity by focusing on reducing costs, directing research to industry needs, improving work skills, facilitating partnerships and reducing regulatory burden. NERA supports the Australian energy resources sector to identify and deliver projects and activities to enhance the sector’s innovation, competitiveness and productivity. If effective well-developed solutions are highlighted and promoted, then the outcome of the process could be that the industry will reduce its cost structures, increase its productivity and help drive a more innovative and sustainable future.

 

Funding

Eligible projects may be funded if a cash contribution is greater than or matched by industry partners. For example, if NERA provides project funding of $100,000, industry will fund a minimum of $100,000 cash towards the project.

Project Funding can be between $50,000 (noting that the total project budget must be above $100,000) and $3 million in any financial year. The Project Fund does not provide funding for any project with a total budget below $100,000.

 

Eligibility

NERA is seeking projects that are:

  • Being developed by an Australian registered company.
  • Ready for construction/implementation or already commenced.
  • Ready to provide benefits to oil, gas and/or coal producers.
  • Innovative and demonstrate how similar projects could be deployed more widely in the industry.
  • Potentially ready to be exported to global markets.

Examples of projects that might be of interest include:

  • Hybrid power generation
  • Off-grid renewable and storage
  • Demand management/smart grid
  • Alternative transport fuels
  • Data management and control
  • Wastewater treatment
  • Resource efficiency
  • Processing efficiency

 

Timing

Applications close 31 August 2017.

 

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