Lithium Australia demonstrates reduced production costs for cathodes

Lithium materials company Lithium Australia has demonstrated cost savings of between 20 and 30 per cent in chemical and reagent costs used to produce lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO) battery cathodes. The company, which is developing lithium mines, processing technologies, component manufacturing and battery recycling, demonstrated the savings at its subsidiary, VSPC Ltd’s Brisbane pilot plant.…

Call for a practical degree in manufacturing

An open letter to Professor Alex Zelinsky, the Vice Chancellor, University of Newcastle by Dr John Blakemore. We need an institution that offers a degree in manufacturing and practical skills. The ideal place to revive Australia’s manufacturing capability is Newcastle. Over the last 75 years there has been a continuous decline in Australia’s manufacturing capability…

EOS to launch space terminals and directed energy weapon

Space, communications and defence manufacturer Electro Optic Systems is preparing to launch several new products including a new directed energy weapon. In an activities update, the Canberra company revealed it was preparing to make space communications terminals at its defence systems factory in Huntsville Alabama. The terminals are based on technology acquired by EOS when…

Grey Innovation delivers first ventilators to national stockpile

Thirty companies led by Victoria’s Grey Innovation have passed a new milestone delivering its first Notus invasive ventilators (pictured) used to treat Covid-19 to the National Medical Stockpile. This shipment, and the rest to follow over coming weeks, comes only three months after the federal government inked a $31.3 million contract to produce 2,000 invasive…

DroneShield updates sensor to detect drones 8km away

Drone detection and countermeasure manufacturer DroneShield has released an updated version of its far-reaching detection system christened the RfOne MKII sensor (picture). Used for drone detection, identification and tracking at distances of up to eight kilometres, the installation of a number of devices allows accurate triangulation of drones intruding into controlled airspace. RfOne MKII incorporates…

Doubly good news on local battery manufacture

Two potential Australian manufacturers of lithium-ion batteries have announced important steps forward in their local plans, with one supported by the Advanced Manufacturing growth centre. AMGC announced co-funding for Energy Renaissance which aims to become Australia’s first utility-scale Li-ion battery manufacturer on the same day Magnis Energy Technologies secured new development partners for its project…

Synertec to commercialise Chinese waste process

Engineering design and construction firm Synertec Corporation is to commercialise a Chinese-developed technology for cleaning up toxic wastes from the oil and gas industry. The company, which provides solutions to the oil and gas and pharmaceutical sectors (pictured), is funding the technology owned by Sichuan GreenTech Environmental. Synertec told investors that Greentech’s initial pilot programmes…