"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."
NERA Chief Executive Miranda Taylor
NERA (National Energy Resources Australia) has awarded $200,000 to inspiring and ground breaking small businesses looking to innovate within the energy resources sector.
Under the inaugural NERA Innovation Voucher program, 10 Australian small to medium sized businesses have each been awarded a $20,000 grant which will allow them to deliver an innovative solution to a technical challenge.
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.
"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,” Ms Taylor said.
Two Western Australian companies were amongst the winners who had to propose solutions for safer operations, personnel mobility as well as applications for drone technology.
Company: Stochastic Simulation
Innovation: Pseudo Transient Solution for FlowAssure
Issue: Current flow assurance tools generally solve for mass, energy and momentum balance and they take a long time to simulate.
Solution: A new technique has been identified to accelerate the process and make it easy for practical usage on short term solutions by using a user assisted approach.
Company: Tensa Equipment
Issue: Moving and orientating heavy equipment can be a workplace health and safety challenge.
Solution: The Roborigger is a battery powered wireless device which uses gyroscopic and inertial forces to accurately rotate and orient loads. This device has a multitude of applications. For example, it eliminates the need for personnel to land and unhook heavy loads, can hold wind turbine blades stationery when they are being attached to the hub of a wind turbine, and assists with pipe laying vessels as pipes are moved across from one vessel to another.
NERA was established in 2016 as an independent, not-for-profit company for the energy resources sector, specifically oil and gas, uranium and coal. Its role is to maximise value to the Australian economy by having a globally competitive energy resources industry that is sustainable, innovative and diverse.
To find out more about NERA visit www.nera.org.au