Assistance to develop innovative technologies through the QDEIF Sustainable Energy Innovation Fund

Assistance to develop innovative technologies through the QDEIF Sustainable Energy Innovation Fund

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Description: QSEIF funds development of innovative technologies that reduce environmental impacts associated with consumption of fossil fuels and/or water. Eligibility, How Much, LED lighting in refrigeration, High-efficiency LED outdoor lighting, Take-away messages for seeking government funding assistance.

 
Author: Dr Martin Gellender, Sustainable Communities Division, Environmental Protection Agency, Qld (Fellow) | Visits: 1656 | Page Views: 1658
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Assistance to develop innovative technologies

through the Queensland Sustainable Energy Innovation Fund (QSEIF)

Dr Martin Gellender Sustainable Communities Division Environmental Protection Agency, Qld

What does QSEIF fund?
� QSEIF is operated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Queensland.

� QSEIF funds development of innovative technologies that reduce environmental impacts associated with consumption of fossil fuels and/or water.

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The "Goldilocks" factor
QSEIF offsets technical risk in developing and commercialising sustainable technologies: � Projects must be innovative and have technical risk that makes it unlikely to attract commercial investment. (We don't want to fund projects that will happen anyway) BUT � Projects must have potential for commercial viability.

Who is eligible for QSEIF funding? Queensland-based organisations, usually: � Companies � Universities, in association with a commercial partner
State or Federal Government Departments, or Government-owned Corporations are NOT eligible.

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How much does QSEIF fund? Maximum QSEIF contribution: � 80% of external project costs
(applicant must contribute at least 20%)

� Up to $200,000 per project Eligible project costs include:
Design, equipment purchase, construction of prototypes, engineering consultants, etc

How do we fund?
� QSEIF funds specific projects, with a clear outcome. � Projects must be well structured with specific, verifiable milestones. � Payments are made only upon achievement of milestones. � If costs run over, the recipient pays the over-run. If costs run under, we reduce our contribution to the specified percentage.

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QSEIF scorecard to date
� QSEIF has been operating since 1999. � More than 70 projects completed or underway. � More than $7 million QSEIF funding committed; more than $4 million spent. � Private investment raised to commercialise QSEIF-funded technology: more than $16 million. � Quantifiable energy savings: 16,800 MWh/year.

LED lighting in refrigeration
� Refrigerators/freezers are the worst place for fluoro tubes. � QSEIF funding assisted Polyoptics to develop LED lighting using one-third the power of a 36 watt tube. � Polyoptics' LED technology won 2007 EPA Innovation in Sustainable Technologies Award.

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Daylighting panel
� QSEIF funding is assisting G James Australia to develop a window panel to deflect sunlight towards the ceiling of building interior. � The panel will comprise the top portion of double-glazed windows in commercial building.

High-efficiency LED outdoor lighting
� Lumascape Lighting produces a range of high-quality outdoor lamps. � QSEIF is assisting Lumascape to develop a range of efficient LED fittings. � LED's offer very long life & reliability, but heat dissipation is critical. � Lumascape's first LED lamps consume less than half the power for equivalent lighting ambience.

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Take-away messages for seeking government funding assistance
� Pick the most appropriate Government funding program relating to your project. � Government funding agencies can often assist with more than money � networks, expertise, referral. � Seek advice from government agencies and private service providers. � Ask us if your project fits within our guidelines. � Plan your project and speak with us at least 6 months before you expect the project to start. � Government funding programs are competitive � there are no guarantees.

Have an idea for a QSEIF project proposal?

� Check our website:
www.epa.qld.gov.au/qseif

� Call 3224.8606 or 3225.1965 � Email:
� Martin.gellender@epa.qld.gov.au � Glenn.tipman@epa.qld.gov.au

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