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Ultrasonic cleaning device a boost for SA wine industry.



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ULTRASONIC CLEANING DEVICE A BOOST FOR SA WINE INDUSTRY

Senator Kim Carr, Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, today announced Cavitus Pty Ltd had been awarded a $250,000 Commercial Ready Plus grant to develop its high-power ultrasonic device to clean and disinfect oak wine barrels.

Senator Carr said the Mawson Lakes-based company was one of 40 companies across Australia sharing in $23.6 million funding in the latest announcements of Commercial Ready and Commercialising Emerging Technologies (COMET) grants funding.

“Cavitus aims to achieve a superior standard of cleaning, by improving the removal of tartrate deposits from the surfaces and pores of wood,” Senator Carr said.

"The technology is also expected to extend the useful life of barrels and improve the transfer of oak flavour into the wine.

“After grapes, oak is the highest cost element in wine production and a successful outcome will have significant cost benefits to the wine industry,” he said.

Contact: Cavitus Pty Ltd, Bill Wright (08) 8425 9602.

Other South Australian innovation grants announced today include:

z PlantPlan Genetics Pty Ltd, of Mount Gambier - a $239,946 Commercial Ready grant to

develop a web-based genetic evaluation system with advanced analytical software for processing potato breeding data on a global scale. [Contact: Dr Tony McRae (08) 8723 0688].

z Reach100 Pty Ltd, of Adelaide - a $64,000 COMET grant to commercialise The Reach 100

Genome Clinic, the first of its kind in the world. It allows an individual to identify DNA damage and put in place dietary and lifestyle changes to repair the damaged DNA and reduce the rate of future DNA breakdown, using technology developed by the CSIRO. Currently, Reach 100 is in negotiations with six countries for international expansion. [Contact: Glenn Houghton, (08) 8213 1879].

A list of the latest innovation grants can be found at www.ausindustry.gov.au

Media contact: Patrick Pantano, Minister's Office, 0417 181 936 Robyn Foster, AusIndustry, (02) 6213 6787

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