Recently Sandfire Resources, a gold and copper producer based in Western Australia, announced its new solar power plant will soon start powering its DeGrussa mine. By replacing diesel power, the 10-megawatt power station, with 34,000 panels and lithium storage batteries, is expected to reduce the mine’s carbon emissions by 15%. This is an exciting development … Continue reading The next solar revolution could replace fossil fuels in mining
As many firms will tell you, “business as usual” means falling behind. Brent Balinski spoke to senior management at Geofabrics Australasia about how they look to all employees to help refresh their operations.
Research led by chemist Zheng Huang at the Chinese Academy of Sciences has demonstrated a way to break down polyethylenes into a liquid fuels.
Samsung is working on two new smartphone products with bendable organic LED screens, it is being reported.
Traditional rivals Monash and Melbourne Universities are collaborating to create a new company that will market and sell medicines developed by the institutions to pharmaceutical companies, reinvesting any profit into research. Both universities are putting A$22.5 million towards the venture and the Victorian State Government is kicking in an additional A$10 million to get the … Continue reading Monash and Melbourne Universities join forces in new company to market medicines
Recent Endeavour Awards champion Admedus is growing briskly, with their tissue engineering process being used to repair hearts all over the world. Brent Balinski spoke to the company’s chief operating officer, Dr Julian Chick. Australia’s “clean and green” image is a benefit well-known to many of our food exporters. Regulations are among the reasons it’s … Continue reading Pumped about the future
Tech giant Apple’s share price, that peaked above US$132 a year ago, is now around US$94. This is despite the news that Warren Buffett’s investment conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway had recently acquired more than 9.8 million Apple shares. Since last year’s market peak, Apple has lost around one quarter of a billion dollars in market capitalisation, with a … Continue reading From disrupter to disrupted: Apple could be next
Twenty fifteen was UNESCO’s International Year of Light and Light based Technologies. It was a celebration of past milestones in optics and photonics and a look forward into it’s future. We celebrated 1,000 years of Arabic optics, 150 years since James Maxwell’s electrodynamics, 100 years since Albert Einstein’s general relativityand 50 years since the invention of optical fibres. This … Continue reading Small and bright: what nanophotonics means for you
A Deakin University academic is visiting India this month for a series of events aimed at increasing cooperation in high-technology manufacturing. Economic Times reports that Professor Peter Hodgson, Interim Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research, at Deakin, will be in India from May 30 to June 17. The visit takes place under the Australia India Education Council’s (AIEC) Eminent … Continue reading Australian researcher in India to discuss high-tech manufacturing
Hyne Timber, in partnership with the University of Queensland, has welcomed the announcement of more than $1.5 million funding for tall timber buildings research. The funding announcement by the Australian Research Council is particularly timely given the recent changes to the National Construction Code enabling timber construction up to eight storeys in height. Hyne Timber’s … Continue reading $1.5 million tall timber buildings research grant awarded
Chemson Pacific has announced a claimed world-first 3D printing feedstock, 3D Vinyl. The material was invented, developed and tested in Australia, and is believed to be the first PVC material for additive manufacturing, according to a statement from the company. Chemson has also announced a strategic partnership with Functionalize of the US to co-develop “conductive, … Continue reading World-first Australian 3D printing material announced
UNSW is home to a vast array of world-class nano and micro-fabrication tools, available to electronics manufacturers looking for an edge in product development. Brent Balinski spoke to ANFF NSW’s Dr Nadia Court about the Kensington labs. Australia, and in particular Sydney, has emerged as an area of great quantum computer expertise. Last week the University … Continue reading Not just for quantum computing and not just for academics
GLOBAL Chinese agribusiness Shandong Tianjiu Industrial Group has entered into a three-year $1 million joint research agreement with South Australian institution Flinders University to expand a world-class microalgae and related advanced marine bioproduct development centre.
Indigenous spinifex nanofibres that have potential to manufacture strong, lightweight plastics and rubber are the subject of a partnership between Aboriginal rangers at Camooweal and the University of Queensland. As reported in February, the university’s Australian Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology has been investigating the use of fibres from triodia pungens, a native species which … Continue reading Super-strength spinifex offer industry, jobs hopes in QLD
The United States is predicted to regain its place as the most competitive manufacturing nation in the world, according to a global survey of hundreds of executives.
The recent announcement by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to establish a new Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC) headquartered in Adelaide adds a new dimension to Australian Government industry policy, crafted in the lead-up to a Federal Election.
The University of Melbourne-headquartered Bio21 will add a new building, with biotherapeutics company CSL beefing up its research presence at the Parkville research hub.
Cisco and a large group of partners have launched Innovation Central, an effort to develop start-ups based on connected devices.
Today marks Professor Ian Chubb’s final day as Australia’s Chief Scientist. It’s a position he’s held for almost five years, during some of Australia’s most turbulent political times.
As Australian manufacturers return to work after the Christmas/New Year break, some are no doubt reflecting on the Turnbull government’s new promise of Australia becoming the “big ideas” nation.