University of Wollongong to benefit from new CRC funding

23 November 2011

The University of Wollongong’s Australian Institute for Innovative Materials (AIIM) will play a leading role in major research projects to develop low cost, high powered batteries for use in electric vehicles and photovoltaic solar cells, the Federal Member for Cunningham, Sharon Bird, said this afternoon.

The Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Senator Kim Carr, announced $148 million in funding for new Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs) with $26 million awarded to the Automotive Australia 2020 CRC and $14.5 million awarded to the CRC for Polymers.

“These two new CRCs, the research projects they are involved in, and the leading role to be played by the University of Wollongong’s AIIM, are about powering the future in a low carbon constrained economy.

“I am delighted that AIIM, which was awarded $43.8 million in Commonwealth Government funding, will be able to play a leading role in research and industry collaboration to develop low cost, high powered batteries for electric vehicles and organic photovoltaic solar cells”, Ms Bird said.