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Media Release The Hon Ian Macfarlane, MP

20 March 2006

AUSSIE TECHNOLOGY MAKES CLEAN WATER FROM SUNLIGHT The Australian company behind a unique solar water purification system has been awarded a $64,000 Federal Government innovation grant to market the product to the world.

Federal Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane today announced Adelaide-based Thamesford Pty Ltd received the funding as part of a national Commercialising Emerging Technologies (COMET) round worth $832,000 to 13 projects across Australia.

'Clean drinking water is a critical commodity around the world, and while water purification solutions have been developed in the past, they have often been cumbersome and expensive,” Mr Macfarlane said.

“Thamesford’s water purifying technology offers a low-cost, low-energy alternative that is designed to be used anywhere and applied to a wide range of contaminated water.”

Mr Macfarlane said the solar water purifier system had been successfully deployed in third world countries as part of relief programs and had been proven to purify contaminated water to potable standards within World Health Organisation guidelines.

“The project is a great example of practical Australian ingenuity and through the COMET program, the Federal government is pleased to help this clever idea develop into a successful product used around the world.”

Thamesford will use their COMET funding for commercialisation activities including a business plan, export strategy, market research and intellectual property assistance.

Other companies awarded COMET funding this round include:

z Smart Car Technologies Pty Ltd, of Sydney, awarded $64,000 to commercialise its

SpeedAlert software that alerts motorists to the speed limit on the road being travelled. [Contact Mr. George Germanos 02 9280 2550] z GR8 G.E.T. Pty Ltd, of Elanora (Qld),awarded $64,000 to help commercialise its innovative

method for attaching cleats (teeth) to compactor wheels and securing them using a metal spring rather than welding. [Contact: Mr John Gibbins 0414 422 766] z Titan Research and Innovations Pty Ltd, of Melbourne, awarded $64,000 to help

commercialise its diesel engine cooling system which will increase power and torque, reduce fuel

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consumption and exhaust emissions [Contact:Mr Bruce Lasscock 0418 521 090]

A list of the latest innovation grants and information on the Commercial Ready and COMET programs can be found at, or phone the AusIndustry hotline 13 28 46, or email

Contact: Thamesford Pty Ltd, Mr Alister Willcox 08 8372 0255

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