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Commercialisation Australia showers cash on Brisbane energy efficiency start-up

Tuesday, 31 July 2012 | By Michelle Hammond

A Brisbane start-up will develop an energy-efficient shower system using a $795,000 grant, courtesy of Commercialisation Australia, which has unveiled its latest round of recipients.


CINTEP, led by chief executive Nick Christy, has developed a shower system that uses 80% less water and energy than a conventional shower, without reducing flow at the showerhead.


It has received a $795,000 Early Stage Commercialisation Grant from Commercialisation Australia in its latest funding round, which saw more than 20 organisations share in $9 million.


To be eligible for a grant, companies have to be able to demonstrate the commercial viability of their product, process or service and have an annual turnover less than $50 million.


According to Christy, the funding will allow CINTEP to complete the final commercial design work, and certification of the product to Australian standards.


“We are currently six to 12 months away from supplying the Australian market with the first ultra-efficient shower system,” Christy says.


“With shower use representing the biggest household water guzzler and the second biggest use of energy, 70% savings mean a significant financial benefit to Aussie households.”


“The support from Commercialisation Australia will help us meet the needs of Aussie households sooner.”


CINTEP wasn’t the only grant recipient recognised for its innovation. Other standouts include:


HiSeis – $2 million


Based in WA, HiSeis is developing a high-definition 3D seismic acquisition, processing and interpretation service for customers in the global mining and exploration markets.


It is applying innovative technology into a service that can produce reliable and high quality seismic images that will fast-track discovery and improve the ability to predict the life of a mine.


The funding will be used to commercialise novel equipment, business processes, algorithms and software tools that will allow automation and scalability of the service.


Tritium – $1.15 million


Tritium is a Queensland-based engineering company developing products for electric vehicles.


The funding will be used to develop and demonstrate charging products, based on proprietary power electronics technology.


Mesaplexx – $924,902


Another Queensland company, Mesaplexx has designed an ultra-compact, high-performance filter that will enable the rapid adoption of capacity-improving active antenna technologies.


The funding will enable Mesaplexx to rapidly bring this technology to market, accelerating the active antenna system rollout in order to deliver much-needed data capacity to subscribers.


ConnectiX Technologies – $916,400


Based in NSW, ConnectiX Technologies describes itself as an innovator of mobile productivity and workforce management solutions for SMEs.


It delivers real-time business intelligence tools and service visibility through the networking of well-informed mobile workforces.


It will use the funding to advance its existing prototype mobile field worker application and services to a commercially-ready offering.


It is hoped this will prove its ability to boost productivity for service organisations in Australia and overseas, and its ability to cooperate via job swapping and subcontracting.