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Eden Innovations awarded R&D grant to develop nanotube composites

Materials technology company Eden Innovations and the University of Queensland have been awarded a $376,518 grant to help fund the development of new production methods for carbon nanotube (CNT) enriched thermoplastic composites. The grant, the fifth Australian Research Council linkage grant received by Eden, will help develop drawn polymer fibres incorporating aligned CNTs. The fibres will show significant directional strength and stiffness and can be used to reinforce ‘smart’ thermoplastics. At the conclusion of the project Eden and the University will have been continuously collaborating for 15 years.

Elsight to raise $8.15 million

Wireless video and data transmission technology company group Elsight plans to raise up to $8.15 million in a 1 for 6 renounceable rights issue to shareholders. The company, which is commercialising its Halo secure communications platform, will use the funds to accelerate sales and marketing activities and to invest in product development and human resources.

Envirostream demonstrates plant nutrient uptake from recycled batteries

Battery recycler Envirostream has demonstrated micronutrient uptake in a field trial of zinc and manganese derived from spent alkaline batteries. Plants treated with the micronutrients showed positive response comparable to plants treated with conventional fertilisers. The first trial harvest by Envirostream, a subsidiary of Lithium Australia, is planned for mid-December.

Picture: Eden Innovations/carbon nanotube infused polymer

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