Here’s how wastewater facilities could tackle food waste, generate energy and slash emissions

By Melita Jazbec, University of Technology Sydney; Andrea Turner, University of Technology Sydney, and Ben Madden, University of Technology Sydney Most Australian food waste ends up in landfill. Rotting in the absence of oxygen produces methane, a potent greenhouse gas. While some facilities capture this “landfill gas” to produce energy, or burn it off to…

Element 25 warms to pre cathode material production plant

A feasibility study for manganese miner Element 25 has demonstrated ‘compelling economics’ for the proposed first ever US based battery grade high purity manganese sulphate monohydrate (HPMSM) facility planned by the company. HPMSM is required for the production of pre-cathode active materials (pCAM) used in EV batteries. The proposed facility would take manganese from the…

iLAuNCH announces two new projects with energy tech company entX

The Innovative Launch, Automation, Novel Materials, Communications and Hypersonics (iLAuNCH) Hub has announced new partnerships between University of South Australia, University of Southern Queensland and Adelaide-based energy technology company entX. iLAuNCH announced two projects on Tuesday, with UniSA and entX (previously PhosEnergy) first focussing on the flow of thermal energy to ensure spacecraft can survive…

The world stills sees Australia as only a source of resources – by Jeffrey Lang

The latest Harvard Kennedy School Economic Complexity Index (ECI) rating has seen Australia’s ranking plummet to 93rd, placing us between Uganda and Pakistan in the bottom third of monitored nations for economic complexity. Here Jeffrey Lang points to the root of the nation’s industrial problems. The problem is Australia’s sovereign capabilities is centric to still…

Harvest B to begin exports with NZ distro deal

Plant-based ingredient company Harvest B has announced a new distribution agreement with New Zealand’s Dunninghams, which will lead to the first exports for the start-up manufacturer. Dunninghams is a privately owned, fourth-generation family company supplying ingredients and other products to butchers and food manufacturers across NZ.  In a statement on Tuesday, Harvest B said Dunninghams…

PharmAust to wind up Epichem following DNDi contract loss 

Clinical-stage cancer therapeutics company PharmAust has announced that it is putting wholly-owned subsidiary Epichem, a contract research organisation, into voluntary liquidation. In a statement on Tuesday, ASX-listed PharmAust explained that a big contributor to Epichem’s success was a long-standing research contract with the Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative (DNDi.) This was not renewed past March this…