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Commissioning underway for state-of-the-art $2 million web coater at Newcastle Institute for Energy A new tool at the Newcastle Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF) Materials Hub will support sovereign manufacturing, according to Tobias Schappeler, the Managing Director of Scitek. Scitek is finalising the installation and commissioning of the Intellivation Roll-to-Roll Web Coater this week ,…

Relectrify achieves IEC certifications for its commercial and industrial energy storage product

Relectrify, which uses a collection of second-life electric vehicle battery cells and its own inverter and battery management system (BMS) technology for energy storage, has announced the achievement of International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) certification for its ReVolve product. Revolve uses nine Nissan Leaf EV batteries in its battery packs, as well as the Relectrify’s BMS+Inverter…

Can Industry 4.0 rescue Australia’s sovereign manufacturing capability?

Australian manufacturers need to capitalise on the opportunities presented by Industry 4.0 or be left behind, warns Martin Ripple. As governments around the world embrace the fourth industrial revolution, also known as Industry 4.0, Australia is at risk of being left behind after decades of government neglect of the nation’s manufacturing centres. Sadly, I’ve seen…

Robots and radiotherapy among projects awarded $18 million in Accelerating Commercialisation grants

More than 30 projects were awarded grants under the federal Accelerating Commercialisation program last week, ranging from pilot-scale superconductor manufacturing to an autonomous vehicle to assist blasting at mine sites. Accelerating Commercialisation is part of the AusIndustry Entrepreneurs’ Programme, and provides funding and advice to help “[b]usinesses, start-ups and researchers” reach global markets with “a…

Hypersonix awarded first major contract

Hypersonix Launch Systems has been selected from a field of 63 respondents by the United States’ Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) to provide aircraft for hypersonic tests, the company’s first major contract. The DIU selected Hypersonix for the “Hypersonic and High-Cadence Airborne Testing Capabilities” (HyCAT1) program, which seeks to test in a “representative environment”, maintaining speeds…

‘Critical’ manufacturing infrastructure has never been more important – or more at risk from cyber attack

Despite being the top target for attack, manufacturing has not been included by government as part of the discussion around securing vital infrastructure. Brian Grant discusses the current risks, and how to increase protection levels within increasingly digitalised companies. Manufacturing is now the number one target for ransomware attacks worldwide, according to the 2022 IBM X-Force Threat Intelligence…

Australia hasn’t figured out low-level nuclear waste storage yet – let alone high-level waste from submarines

By Ian Lowe, Griffith University Within ten years, Australia could be in possession of three American-made Virginia-class nuclear submarines under the AUKUS agreement with the United States and United Kingdom. The following decade, we plan to build five next-generation nuclear submarines. To date, criticism of the deal has largely focused on whether our unstable geopolitical…

Enabling design for environmental good reports examine what’s needed in circular economy shift

A series of reports released on Thursday outline a roadmap for Australia’s circular economy transition, which is still in its early stages, and highlight the importance of design in this. Enabling Design for Environmental Good was commissioned by the federal Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water.  RMIT project lead and Associate Professor…

Applications open for green hydrogen project grants of up to $70 million

Applications have opened for the federal government’s Regional Hydrogen Hubs Program ­– Townsville, with eligible consortia invited to apply for matched grants worth between $30 million and $70 million aimed at stimulating investment in the region. Guidelines for the grants were released in January by the federal government, which has cited Townsville’s port facilities, workforce…