When you engage with us, you tap into our multi-disciplinary network of world-class scientists and experts to help solve your innovation challenges.
Explore our pipeline of investment and partnership opportunities as well as a range of licensing options to catalyse innovation and create competitive advantage.
On visiting the Commercialisation Marketplace you can search for results in multiple ways, including by industry, engagement style, and technology readiness level. The results aren’t filtered by business areas, which means you can see at a glance all the relevant opportunities across CSIRO.
Read about our latest developments:
Solar PV Performance Lab
Solar panel testing to protect Australia’s solar energy supply.
We have developed and demonstrated highly accurate testing of solar PV module output, along with software algorithms to extract key performance information from real-world outdoor testing.
Solar photovoltaic (PV) modules (panels) are sold based on a label power rating, yet Australia has very few facilities for checking that the modules live up to their indicated power. This is particularly important after shipping and handling, time in the field, or after extreme weather events.
There is an opportunity to partner with us to:
- provide high-accuracy, internationally accredited testing of solar PV modules
- jointly develop new technologies applicable to testing of PV modules at the customer’s site.
Direct air capture adsorbents
Microporous aerogels suitable for capturing carbon dioxide directly from the atmosphere.
We’ve developed new solid adsorbent materials that can capture CO2 directly from air. Our materials are cheap, robust, reusable and efficient at capturing CO2. These adsorbents can play a role in helping industry transition into net zero emissions, or supply CO2to new pathways of use in greenhouses, breweries and building materials.
Continuous assessment of plant water status with a static thermal imaging sensor.
Optimising irrigation application maximises the value of a crop, minimises input costs and potentially provides resilience to reduced water allocations.
With the support of Wine Australia, we developed Proxicrop, a low-cost thermography-based sensor that uses image segmentation to reliably measure a large area of canopy throughout the season, removing the limitations of current point-based thermal sensors.
Non-destructive grapevine yield estimation
Winegrape yield forecasting tool based on interpretation of video data using machine learning methods.
Annual yield variability in wine grape vineyards impacts most aspects of the supply chain but is particularly important for decision making at the winery. Current methods commonly have an error of around 30%, are labour intensive, and only assess a tiny fraction of the vineyard block. CSIRO, with the support of Wine Australia, has developed tools to provide large-scale estimates of yield potential post-budburst, yield prediction post-fruit set and yield estimation pre-harvest.
3D printed silicones
Creating better silicone resins for 3D printers
We have developed a family of silicone resins for vat polymerization-based 3D printing that offers high resolution and tunable mechanical properties.
A relatively new material to the 3D printing market, silicone has great commercial potential. It offers a solution for manufacturing customised products such as dental devices, hearing aids and cochlear implants, prosthetics, and patient specific medical devices.
An inexpensive and small unit for capturing carbon dioxide that is agile and readily deployable for different applications in heavy industries, food and beverage production, chemical manufacture, medical and construction.
A method for a sensory substitution device that “sees” through vibration.
The technology is a method for devising a sensory substitution device that replaces one sensory system by re-routing information normally captured by that sense to another functional sense. For example, for blindness, the Vibromat can present users with a 2D view of the world via a tactile display in the form of a wearable device.
Advertisement display system with consumer analysis capabilities.
Due to the increase in advertising content and media channels now available, traditional advertising is becoming less effective. In a crowded marketplace, advertisers are facing diminishing returns on their advertising spend. Advertisers are seeking new ways to engage their prospective customers, to keep their attention for longer, and to convert that into new sales or interest in their products or services. Being able to determine the effectiveness of an advertising campaign can also be problematic particularly with out of home advertising where the number of views and other analytics are not directly available.
Actively configurable wheel with incorporated suspension.
The adjustable wheel features an adjustable hub position relative to the wheel rim. This extends the ability of small vehicles to travel on rough terrain by providing an alternative suspension system in a small package.
It also provides the ability to change gear ratio/ride height of vehicles while stationary or in motion. Its high-speed configuration allows vehicles to ‘jump’ which can allow it to get out of situations where wheels can become stuck. The increased chassis stability also allows carrying of sensitive payloads.
3d Situational awareness
Real-time 3D situational awareness.
Factories and warehouses are busy environments with a mix of people and machinery that offers potential for injury through collisions and accidents. As autonomous vehicles are introduced into these environments, the complexity only increases.
Our 3D situational awareness technology uses an advanced algorithm to create a 3D reconstruction of moving and fixed objects in an environment.
We have developed technology to help manage these risks, providing real-time 3D situational awareness through the use of off the shelf security cameras, offering added safety for AGV (automated guided vehicles) and vehicle movement around staff as well as advanced analytics providing real-time feedback and data for understanding and optimising factory flow.
Scyllarus hyperspectral imaging software
Fast, efficient processing of hyperspectral images with increased accuracy under variable lighting conditions.
Hyperspectral imaging is a different way of collecting photographic information. It is much more powerful than traditional photography, and provides significantly more information about a scene than can be seen with the naked eye. Hidden details can be found, and material properties can be discovered. Hyperspectral data can provide information to enable and accelerate the automation of tasks such as in the detection of crop disease, forensic applications and differentiating between different materials.
Collision awareness and response system
Docking assistance technology.
Aviation remains an important means of international and domestic travel and freight movement. Every plane movement and maintenance activity relies on mobile equipment for loading and unloading in addition to manufacturing and maintenance activities. This creates a complex environment resulting in potential damage caused by avoidable impacts between mobile equipment and aircraft.
Our Collision Awareness and Response System (CARS) can be used to align a mobile piece of equipment with a stationary piece of equipment or structure
CSIRO have developed a ‘docking assistance technology’ identified as the Collision Awareness and Response System (CARS) that is primarily focused on aligning a mobile piece of equipment with a stationary piece of equipment or structure
Virtual Irrigation Academy
A simple, visual sensor and digital platform that improves water and nutrient use by farmers.
We have developed tools like the Chameleon Card to help smallholder farmers sustainably manage water and nutrient use and improve production. © Conor Ashleigh
The irrigation sector produces 40 per cent of the world’s food, but is under-performing and environmentally unsustainable, especially in low- and middle-income countries.
The Virtual Irrigation Academy (VIA) comprises a set of simple tools that measure soil water, nitrate and salt and display the results as colours, which are thresholds for different actions. The sensors have been specifically designed around the needs of smallholder farmers.
Microvine: Sustainable production of table grapes year-round with novel microvine cultivars
To meet global demand, horticulture productivity improvements will need reduced inputs and increased production per hectare. Urban agriculture and intensive protected cropping are two new approaches that show promise, but adapting existing fruit tree crops to these systems has proven difficult.
The ability to retain a small plant stature makes microvine a retail option in the nursery market as potted plant for fresh fruit in the home or backyard garden.
Next-generation digital phased array satcom ground stations.
Over the next decade, tens of thousands of small satellites will be launched into non-geostationary orbits, mostly deployed as constellations. All these satellites need to communicate with the ground at specific, pre-allocated and shared radio frequency bands, increasing downlink capacity from gigabits per second (Gbps) to terabits per second (Tbps).
Transitioning from parabolics to digital phased array technologies will enable the industry to scale quickly to meet the demands of satellite constellations. Our solution, a cryogenically-cooled digital phased array, can support thousands of electronically-steered beams simultaneously for transmission tracking and/or adaptive nulling.
We are exploring options to establish a joint venture with an ‘anchor’ partner to produce systems and operate them as a service. Interested investors are encouraged to contact CSIRO’s Commercialisation team to explore potential investment.
A computational tool that helps engineers design pipelines for complex fluids and slurries.
CSIRO researchers have developed a computational tool that predicts the flow transport behaviour of complex fluids and slurries in pipelines. This tool enables users to rapidly and readily assess and compare pipeline designs for various fluids and slurries.
Traditional pipe design processes and methods routinely struggle with complex flow behaviour in pipes. The advantage of PipeTools over contemporary hydraulic design tools is that it incorporates non-Newtonian fluid mechanics, an important feature for slurry design, along with the transport of settling solids. This multi-physics approach to defining pipe and pump parameters minimises techno-economic risks associated with the transport of complex slurries.
Conservation grade varnish for protecting artworks
The preservation of irreplaceable works of art is critical for their longevity as cultural heritage assets in both public and private art collections. Varnishes are applied to oil paintings to provide a physical protective layer and additionally impart an aesthetically pleasing appearance. Varnish coatings need to be stable, have the correct visual and handling characteristics and be selectively removable.
We have used cutting-edge flow chemistry technology to develop a bespoke fine-art resin with minimal discolouration or cracking over time. CSIRO’s leading capability in flow chemistry allowed the team to develop the resin in a safer, cleaner, more efficient way than traditional chemical manufacturing. This in turn delivered improved colour, chemical stability, and consistency between batches.
Atmospheric Water Generation prototype
An atmospheric water generation (AWG) prototype that works in almost all humidity conditions to generate potable water.
With more than 1.9 billion people living in water scarce areas, the need for a reliable, sustainable source of clean water is imperative. CSIRO scientists have developed a device that can harvest potable water from straight out of the ambient air, using metal-organic frameworks (MOFs).
Rotating Liquid Sheet (RLS) contactor
We have developed a new kind of contactor that overcomes the flood point limit.
The Rotating Liquid Sheet (RLS) contactor is a cost effective contactor that can process twice the gas volume rate at half the pressure drop in the same diameter vessel.