LeafCann to invest $350 million in cannabis venture

A little known Adelaide company LeafCann is planning to invest $350 million in a major cannabis cultivation and production system, according to federal industry minister, Karen Andrews. The company, one of three to receive major project status from Canberra, plans a state-of-the-art cultivation and production facility in South Australia. Other projects are: # PhytoGro’s $140…

Dyno Nobel tests feasibility of making ammonia with renewables

Explosives manufacturer Dyno Nobel, part of the Incitec Pivot group, will test the feasibility of manufacturing ammonia using renewable energy at its Moranbah site (pictured) near Queensland’s Bowen basin. The company has received a $980,000 grant from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (Arena) to pursue the Feasibility of Renewable Green Hydrogen project at its ammonia,…

Disaster hits small business in many ways. We need a national strategy to help them adapt

By Samantha Sharpe, Research Director, Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney When the central business district of Lismore was flooded in 2017, every small business owner in the northern New South Wales town had a decision to make. Should they rebuild their businesses, or take whatever insurance money they might get and move…

Profiles of success: the juggling act of an Australian company trying to save the world

“The sun never sets on the Calix empire,” says Adam Vincent light-heartedly.    The general manager of R&D joined the company in 2010, five years after it began, and the same year it commissioned its first continuously operating plant at Bacchus Marsh.   Calix operates at nearly 20 locations globally, with its major R&D work…