Australia’s best and brightest innovators were on show at Pacific, with NSW boasting four winners from the Maritime Australia Industry Innovation Awards.
The NSW winners included a robot boat powered by sun, wind and wave energy to stay at sea for months tracking enemy or illegal vessels, which Defence NSW director Commodore Peter Scott, CSC said showcase the state's work in defence industry technology.
"Congratulations to the four NSW winners of Maritime Australia Industry Innovation Awards at Pacific 2017 at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Sydney," CDRE Scott said.
“These outstanding companies and individuals – as well as our six other NSW finalists – show our state is working at the leading edge of defence industry technology.
"NSW has world-class defence industry and R&D institutions working together to help deliver Defence priorities. This is a key aim of our Defence and Industry Strategy – NSW: Strong, Smart and Connected – to drive innovation, research and commercialisation."
Thales Australia of Potts Point took out the major Defence Innovation National Award for its Stingrae communications system, developed with the Navy to help power and protect its boarding parties when boarding vessels.
Ocius Technology of Kensington won a $10,000 Defence SME Innovation Grant for its ‘Bluebottle’ unmanned surface vessel that runs on solar, wind and wave energy and can carry 200 kilograms of equipment for lengthy unmanned ocean missions.
Two NSW researchers each collected $10,000 Young Innovator Scholarships for their exciting research work with applications for the submarine industry. Peter Kabakov of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) at Lucas Heights has led research to support submarine sonar systems, while Andrew Short, a PhD student from the University of Wollongong, has led research to help robots inspect submarine ballast tanks.
WA company Nauti-Craft were awarded the Civil SME Innovation Grant while Victoria's AMOG Technologies won the National Civil Industry Innovation Award.