Something old, nothing new – our climate policy

Comment by Peter Roberts The federal government has resurrected a discredited policy from the past to fill the gap left by its failure to pursue its own National Energy Guarantee. Prime Minister Scott Morrison resurrected the discredited Abbott-era direct action plan in announcing his latest climate and business policy. His $3 billion Climate Solutions Package…

@AuManufacturing shines at National Manufacturing Week

@AuManufacturing news, and its parent the Australian Manufacturing Forum Linkedin networking group, will shine at National Manufacturing Week Eight CEOs, chosen from the Forum’s 5,000-strong membership, will feature as in previous years, in key events at this year’s leading manufacturing event from 14 to 17 May. This year the Forum and @AuManufacturing are hosting two…

RAAF and university develop novel space camera

RAAF funding has helped Western Sydney University develop a world-first space camera to be demonstrated publcly for the first time at this year’s Australian International Airshow at Avalon. The Astrosite camera, developed by the university’s International Centre for Neuromorphic Systems (ICNS), can capture images of objects in space with unprecedented temporal resolution, even during the…

Energy Renaissance plans massive Darwin battery factory

Plans by UGL-backed Energy Renaissance to establish a massive lithium ion battery manufacturing facility in Australia have taken another step forward with the company selecting the technology to be used. Energy Renaissance has partnered with Connecticut-based Cadenza Innovation which has developed a novel ‘supercell’ technology which simplifys the manufacturing process and improves energy storage density.…

NSW grants to boost energy efficiency

The New South Wales government has launched a $16 million grants programme aimed at helping manufacturers boost the energy efficiency of their operations. The grants, which are open from today until 30 June, provide up to $120,000 per site, with companies matching the government contribution. They are available for electricity or gas saving projects that:…

ANSTO expands to embrace industry

The Lucas Heights nuclear reactor and research precinct has expanded to embrace greater interaction with Australian industry. The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, which runs the OPAL pool reactor, has inaugurated the ANSTO innovation precinct to extend the reach of its unique nuclear capabilities. ANSTO has long performed research for industry using instruments that…