At last a national hydrogen strategy – but misdirected

Comment by Peter Roberts The federal coalition’s obsession with protecting an industry which is clearly on the way out – coal mining – shone through at a meeting of state and federal energy ministers held last week. The states and Commonwealth endorsed Australia’s National Hydrogen Strategy which will co-ordinate national efforts to move towards clean…

Manufactures feature in Victorian Premier’s design awards

The importance of design in industry is highlighted in this year’s Victorian Premier’s Design Award which highlighted the benefits design brings to manufactures. Judges by an expert panel of 27 independent judges from a field of more than 200 projects, several manufactures won Best in Category awards. Kore Geosystems’ SPECTOR automated mineral core sampling instrument…

News briefs – stories you might have missed this week

NSW buys more trains from overseas The New South Wales government has continued its policies of buying trains and trams from overseas rather than local sources, ordering a further 23 drivertess metro trains. Alstom will build the Metropolis trains (pictured) in India. Buddy sells technology for LED lights Technology development company Buddy Technologies (ASX: BUD)…

Alumina project progresses WA battery industry ambitions

Western Australian premier Mark McGowan has congratulated FYI Resources (ASX: FYI) on completing trials to develop a new process for producing high purity alumina (HPA). McGowan said the company was now one step closer to producing HPA in WA and the government’s goal of creating a future battery industry based on the state’s vast mineral…

Naval Group promotes future submarine supplier programme

France’s Naval Group which is to build Australia’s future submarines in Adelaide has plans for the programme to be a catalyst for unprecedented industry collaboration and development. Naval Group and its initial Australian manufacturing partners took to social media to promote the supplier programme which will guide local involvement in this strategic and complex national…

The Race to Invest in the Space – infographic

Humans have long viewed outer space as the final frontier. Our thirst for exploration has brought whole nations together to create more advanced technologies─all in the pursuit of discovering the outer reaches of the universe. Today’s infographic from Visual Capitalist and ProcureAM highlights the exciting journey humans have taken into outer space, and the economic…

Commercial pilot projects fast track green cooling technology

By Andrew Spence Industrial cooling systems that utilise solar energy, thermal storage, smart technology and non-toxic refrigerants will be trialled at three major commercial sites. South Australian company Glaciem Cooling Technology has received $2 million in Australian government funding through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) to demonstrate the technical and economic value of integrating thermal energy…