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Envirostream to recycle LG lithium batteries Battery recycler Envirostream has signed an exclusive three year agreement with LG Energy Solutions to recycle all its recalled lithium ion batteries collected in Australia. Envirostream, a subsidiary of Lithium Australia, expects significantly increased battery collection volumes equating to 140 percent of the company’s total in FY23. LG has…

House committee inquiry into food and beverage manufacturing launched

Following the November release of its report into advanced manufacturing, the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Resources has launched another inquiry, this time into food and beverage manufacturing. The committee released the terms of reference for its work on Wednesday, inviting submissions from interested individuals and organisations. It follows a reference…

Grants up to $1 million available through Global Science & Technology Diplomacy Fund

Applications are open for the first round of grants under the federal government’s $6 million Global Science & Technology Diplomacy Fund – Strategic Element, with a stated aim to “strengthen scientific collaboration with our nearest neighbours” in the Asia-Pacific region.  Australian researchers and businesses can apply for grants valued between $100,000 to $1,000,000 for projects…

Malabar biomethane project gains GreenPower certification

Jemena’s Malabar Biomethane Project, which is injecting biomethane from processed wastewater in the gas network, has become the first renewable gas project to receive certification under the new GreenPower accreditation program. The GreenPower Renewable Gas Certification Pilot was launched in 2023 and operates nationwide. According to its website, certification enables commercial and industrial users “to…

Australian Vanadium produces first battery electrolyte

Australian Vanadium Limited has successfully produced its first high purity vanadium electrolyte, ready for use in vanadium redox flow batteries. Production follows the commissioning of the company’s vanadium electrolyte manufacturing facility in Perth in December. Independent analysis of the vanadium electrolyte produced at the facility shows that the impurities in the electrolyte were well within…

Satellite receiver to be developed for Moon to Mars

The Australian Space Agency has funded the development of an Australian aerospace grade Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) receiver. The receiver, funded under its Moon to Mars Supply Chain Capability Improvement Grants scheme, is destined for use in various aerospace applications such as rockets, satellites, and aircraft. Queensland-based Gilmour Space Technologies, in collaboration with the…

Energy prices stabilise, begin to fall

The federal government has long promised that renewables will bring prices down, notwithstanding the recent period of global inflation – and today there is the first evidence that prices may doing just that. Today’s release of the draft Default Market Offer (DMO) shows the retail energy bill benchmark stabilising and trending downwards, according to Climate…