The CINTEP Recycling Shower

A life-saving shower, a green carbon nanotube-enriched concrete and an energy software system have been announced as finalists in the 2014 Australian Technologies Competition.

The awards are an Australian government-funded initiative that search out the best high-tech, high-skill companies in the Australian cleantech sector.

“We aim to find the best companies, provide them with the best mentoring possible and connect them with global partners,” competition organiser John O’Brien said. “We want to help create multi-billion dollar global success stories.”

Now in its fourth year, the ATC has mentored and promoted many of Australia’s best technology companies, including last year’s competition winner BluGlass, which created a new LED lighting and solar cell manufacturing technology, and 2012 winner enLighten, an LED lighting manufacturer.

As well as an overall winner judged to have the greatest potential to deliver efficiency gains and increased competitiveness for global industry, there will be category winners for built environment, energy, food, manufacturing, mining and water.

Built Environment award

There are three finalists competing for the best built environment product this year.

Queensland’s CINTEP is a finalist for its Recycling Shower system, which reduces water and energy consumption from showering by 70 per cent without reducing flow rate, temperature or time in the shower. This translates to a family household saving of around $937 a year, along with 73,000 litres of water and 2.6 tons of CO2.

The shower recycles the water you’re washing yourself with by filtering it three times, heat pasteurising it and diluting it with 30 per cent fresh drinking water before sending it back out.

“This can never be more dirty than you were when you stepped in the shower,” CINTEP claims.

It is the potential of the system to save lives, however, that has gained the attention of the US Army, with estimates that the product could reduce operational fatalities by 20 per cent due to the drastic reduction in supply convoys that primarily move large quantities of water to the front line.

Western Australia’s Eden Energy is also in the running for a carbon nanotube-enriched concrete under development for use in construction and infrastructure. CNTs are super strength, nano-carbon particles with a flexural strength of 200-300 times that of steel. A small percentage of CNT added to concrete can significantly reduce the quantity of concrete required for structures and reduce or eliminate the need for re-enforcing steel, resulting in cheaper, lighter, stronger structures, far more flexible designs and far lower greenhouse gas emissions.

Victoria’s GreenSync is the last contender, having developed an energy software system that allows utilities and large customers to better forecast and predict energy loads to maximise the efficiency of when equipment is used. Its systems integrates weather and climatic data, production schedules and information from networks and markets around the country to predict forthcoming high load and high cost events. The system features real-time analysis for detecting and quantifying peaks, and a way to automatically respond to peaks through reducing energy demand of industrial equipment.

Other award finalists:

Manufacturing Technologies Award

  • GreenSync
  • Rheology Solutions
  • Safelash

Mining Technologies Award

  • Minnovare
  • RayGen Resources
  • Regen  Power

Energy Technologies Award

  • Carnegie Wave
  • Nano-Nouvelle
  • RayGen Resources

Food Technologies Award

  • BioGill
  • Microbiogen
  • Rheology Solutions

Water Technologies Award

  • Calix
  • Baleen Filters
  • BioGill

Winners will be announced Tuesday 16 September at an awards dinner in Sydney.