Lithium a step closer to process patent protection

Lithium ion battery materials group Lithium Australia (ASX: LIT) has moved a step close to achieving patent protection for its key proprietary processes for recovering lithium phosphates from silicate ores and solutions. The International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organisation has published two Lithium Australia patent applications, a key step in the process of…

Canberra backs STEM education

Young Australians will have the chance to get involved in practical projects that open up the world of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) with $2 million available from the federal government. Industry minister Karen Andrews has announced the opening of applications for Maker Projects: Community STEM Engagement Grants. Maker Projects grants support STEM-related organisations…

Gleciem to demonstrate renewable powered cooling

Glaciem Cooling Technologies is to demonstrate its refrigeration, thermal energy storage and heat transfer technologies which are designed to integrate with solar PV electricity generation. The Adelaide company has received $2 million in funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) as part of a $4.9 million trial at three locations. The company will install…

Wattle Health reorganises in infant formula

Nutritional dairy product manufacturer Wattle Health Australia (ASX: WHA) has announced changes to its businesses to speed market penetration for its locally made products. The organic certified company simultaneously announced a new venture, new arrangements with shareholder Chemist Warehouse, and new production arrangements. Wattle Health has signed a shareholders agreement with Nouriz (Shanghai) Fine Food…

EcoGraf moves on new WA battery graphite plant

EcoGraf Australia (ASX: EGR) has signed a letter of intent with GR Engineering Services for the procurement and construction of its planned 20,000 tonnes per annum battery graphite facility at Kwinana in Western Australian. The milestone follows the development of a new chemical process tested on imported flake graphite to manufacture spherical graphite (SpG). EcoGraf’s…

Hemp soup on the menu for ECS Botanics

You could soon be eating hemp infused soup with the news Tasmanian producer and manufacturer ECS Botanics Holdings (ASX: ECS) has secured shelf space for its products in Woolworths supermarkets. The company’s distributor, Just Foods, has secured distribution into Woolworths for ECS’s Mexican Spiced Bean Soup with Hemp and Indian Masala Lentil Soup with Hemp.…