SA AgTech Growth Fund winners announced

Seven South Australian companies supporting primary production and agribusiness have been awarded approximately $600,000 in grants from the second round of the state government’s AgTech Growth Fund, designed to accelerate development and commercialisation. Grants of up to $100,000 are offered through the program to technologies addressing industry challenges regarding drought resilience and climate adaptation; carbon…

National Reconstruction Fund board appointed

The eight-member board of the National Reconstruction Fund, the federal government’s signature manufacturing program, has been announced, with Founding Director of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation Martijn Wilder as its Chair. In a statement on Wednesday, industry minister Ed Husic said the experience of the independent board – which will make investment decisions for the…

Hypersonix signs US agreement, could supply up to 20 DART AE platforms to Kratos

Brisbane-based hypersonic aircraft company Hypersonix Launch Systems and NASDAQ-listed Kratos Defense & Security Solutions have announced an “exclusive teaming agreement”, with Hypersonix to potentially supply up to 20 DART AE hypersonic systems within the US market, integrated with Kratos’s Zeus family of solid rocket motors.  DART AE is a three-metre-long, single-use, hydrogen-fuelled hypersonic platform, which…

CSIRO, Boeing map the way to sustainable aviation fuel

CSIRO and Boeing have collaborated on a sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) Roadmap to builds consensus on developing an Australian SAF industry, identifying opportunities to produce and scale production using Australian feedstocks. This meets what the organisations call a moment-in-time opportunity to develop a sovereign SAF industry, with domestic demand for jet fuel expected to increase…

The intersection of AI and simulation in the automotive industry

ADVERTISING FEATURE By Stéphane Marouani The automotive field has historically been a rich area of innovation, with increasing vehicle complexity and tight production schedules requiring the adoption of new tools and techniques to build a differentiated product. More recently, automotive engineers are faced with new obstacles as they are tasked with integrating AI into vehicle…

USQ/Austrak composite transom project progresses

University of Southern Queensland has shared an update on its collaboration with rail sleeper manufacturer Austrak, with a team of engineering experts recently travelling to Adelaide to install their first composite railway transoms. The Queensland State Government and Austrak have funded the project through an Advance Queensland Industry Research Fellowship to USQ Chief Investigator Dr…

Recycled plastic in asphalt to be trialled at ten Victorian sites

A new RMIT University-led project will see new roads at ten sites contain recycled material, including hard-to-recycle soft plastics, demonstrating “a viable circular-economy solution to the nation” according to the university. The project – which is supported by the Australian Research Council, Austroads and ten Victorian councils – will use post-consumer and industrial waste plastic…