Applications open for Energy Technologies Manufacturing program

Applications are open for grants worth between $100,000 and $750,000 under the Victorian government’s Made in Victoria – Energy Technologies Manufacturing program. According to a statement on Wednesday from industry minister Natalie Hutchins, grants will support manufacturers of products or components for zero emissions and renewable energy in purchasing or developing new equipment, skills, or…

Federal government shouldn’t sacrifice renewable energy manufacturing for wine exports: Weld Australia

News that China will undertake an “expedited review” of trade sanctions on Australian wine has been welcomed by Weld Australia, but the group – citing an apparent end of anti-dumping tariffs on wind towers from China – says improved market access “cannot come at the cost of manufacturing”. As reported by @AuManufacturing, the Chinese government…

Swinburne takes hydrogen to the skies

Melbourne’s Swinburne University of Technology has successfully completed the first flight of an Australian-developed hydrogen fuel cell electric powered VTOL drone. The flight occurring last week in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley was the first of its type in Australia. This flight was the first electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL), hydrogen-powered uncrewed aerial system (UAS) flight.…

Infinitus Aero reveals E22 Spark electric aircraft

Adelaide manufacturer Infinitus Aero has secured access to leading edge battery technology for its planned E22 Spark electric light sport aircraft (pictured) and plans to be ready for flight within 90 days. Infinitus Aero, formerly known as Bader Aero, secured battery technology from US-based Amprius Technologies and has partnered with Australian based battery integrator Prohelion…

Pushing water uphill: Snowy 2.0 was a bad idea from the start. Let’s not make the same mistake again

By Bruce Mountain, Victoria University Last night ABC’s Four Corners investigated the problem-plagued Snowy 2.0 pumped hydro power station, focusing on a bogged tunnelling machine, toxic gas and an unexpected volume of sludge. While these specific problems are new, we have criticised this project since 2019 and outlined six key problems even earlier elsewhere. How…