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Covered Conductor Program

Providing an overhead cable technology solution to reduce the impact of bushfires starting from bare-wire.

Program Overview

The Powerline Bushfire Safety Program (PBSP) Research & Development (R&D) Fund is looking for an overhead cable technology solution that will reduce the impact of bushfires starting from bare-wire Single Wire Earth Return (SWER) and 22kV high voltage conductors used in the Victorian electricity distribution system.

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At a glance

Potential grant funding
  1. Proof of Concept - up to $200,000
  2. Market Ready - up to $500,000  
Eligibility

To be eligible to apply, applicants must be a non-tax-exempt company incorporated in Australia under the Corporations Act 2001 OR a registered research institute

More eligibility critieria

Any questions? Email covered.conductor@ecodev.vic.gov.au up to 7 days prior to the closing date. 

Am I eligible?

Use your selected Application Form to respond to the EOI released by the PBSP. To be eligible to apply, you must:
  • be a non-tax-exempt company incorporated in Australia under the Corporations Act 2001 OR a registered research institute
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • have access to, or the beneficial use of, any IP necessary to carry out the project
  • undertake not less than 80 per cent of the R&D work in Victoria for the duration of the project
  • have the principal investigator based in Victoria for the duration of the Proof of Concept project
  • partner with a Victorian distribution business to test the product on its network - Market Ready project only.

Please refer to the Program Guidelines for further eligibility requirements.

What you need to have before applying checklist

What you get

Below is a short description of both stages (please refer to the Covered Conductor Grant Program Guidelines for full descriptions):

Stage 1 - Proof of Concept

For the purpose of this grant Program, a Proof of Concept is defined as:

  • a working prototype of the technology which demonstrates that the solution will work as intended.

Stage 2 - Market Ready

For the purposes of this grant, Market Ready is defined as:

  • a fully developed product which only requires testing on the Victorian live electricity distribution network to ensure system compatibility and to identify and resolve any final issues relating to performance. This is designed to supply confidence to the market that it is a viable product for Victorian distribution networks and environmental conditions. This testing will require the involvement of an electricity distribution business. Once testing has been completed, the product must have all the evidence required to release it to the market.  

Tips and hints

To maximise the potential success of your application it is important that you directly address the technical specifications and read all other relevant material.

Note that there is potential for companies with demonstrated capability (e.g. Feasibility Study Report, commercial products in market, evidence of trial of product in market) to enter the program at either stage. 

Information to assist in completing this application:

  • answer all questions and address all requirements
  • use concise language
  • comply with word limits
  • attachments will be requested throughout the Application Form.

How to apply

Through an EOI, applicants can submit an application proposing an innovative solution to the requirements detailed in Performance Specifications for any of the two funding stages - Proof of Concept and Market Ready.

Priority will be given to applicants that offer a cost effective, solution-based technology / system that can be deployed to the Victorian distribution electricity system. 

Begin Proof of Concept Application

Begin Market Ready Application 

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