The Hon Ian Macfarlane, MP
8 December 2006
$1.6 MILLION TO TAKE INNOVATIVE BATTERY CHARGER TO MARKET
Australian Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane today announced government assistance for an intelligent device that automatically charges car batteries, with no input from the motorist.
Redarc Technologies Pty Ltd, of Lonsdale, is one of three South Australian companies sharing in more than $2 million to commercialise their products through the latest round of Commercial Ready funding.
Mr Macfarlane said the project involved developing a suite of smart battery chargers that will automatically identify and charge automotive batteries.
"Sophisticated electronics will enable potentially dangerous faults in batteries to be identified and managed, not only improving safety but also prolonging the battery's life, which will have environmental benefits," Mr Macfarlane said.
"If 10 per cent of the 500,000 batteries sold annually had their lifecycle extended by a year, 1500 tonnes of slag, a by-product of recycling lead, won't go into Australian landfills every year."
[Contact: Redarc Technologies, Phone: +61 8 8322 4848]