Government funds research on better batteries and machine vision

$826,000 to be invested in 10 projects

Technology able to increase the capacity of lithium batteries tenfold, machine vision with “unprecedented accuracy” and a sensor network for real time monitoring of freshwater quality are among 10 research projects to develop “disruptive technology for industry” announced by science and innovation minister Steven Joyce.

Joyce said the Science for Technological Innovation National Science Challenge would invest $826,000 in the 10 projects. “These new seed projects will create new knowledge through fundamental research that will support firms to contribute to the evolution of New Zealand’s growing high-tech economy,” he said.

Science for Technological Innovation is one of 11 National Science Challenges targeting specific goals that have significant, enduring benefits for New Zealand. The Challenge’s mission is “to enhance New Zealand’s capacity to use physical sciences and engineering for economic growth.”

Individual projects, which range in duration from between one and three years, will receive up to $255,000 to fund research programmes, and will be undertaken across five universities, one CRI, and two independent research organisations.

“The pace of technology change is accelerating so it’s important that our high-tech firms have access to the right know-how to build the sorts of innovative products that will help them to succeed in highly competitive global markets,” Joyce said.

The list of 2016 Science for Technological Innovation Seed Projects is available here.

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