Stealth Technologies and Honeywell join forces on autonomous vehicles

Australian artificial intelligence company Stealth Technologies and control technology giant Honeywell have joined forces to develop a range of robotic autonomous vehicles. Honeywell has paid Stealth an initial $100,000 and will jointly develop mobile robots the companies believe offer a rapid payback. The vehicles will form the basis of navigation services ranging from inspection, transportation…

Skykraft awarded $1 million to build nano-sattelites

UNSW Canberra spin-off company Skykraft has been awarded a $1 million grant to accelerate design and manufacture of small satellite systems. The grant from the ACT government will begin design and manufacture of a SmallSat constellation to provide global air traffic management capabilities. Skykraft managing director, James Prior said this ‘early definition work’ established a…

CSIRO and Japan’s Piotrek to develop new lithium batteries

A partnership between CSIRO, and Japanese chemical manufacturer, Piotrek, will develop Australian-developed battery technologies aiming for commercial production in the next five years. The two will develop lithium battery technologies for portable electronic devices, drones and automotive vehicles, as well as developing batteries less prone to fires. They will develop Solid Polymer Electrolytes (SPEs) for…

Renewable energy investment stalls – Clean Energy Council

New investment in solar and wind farms has fallen risking power price rises and future energy reliability, according to the Clean Energy Council. A week after it was revealed the 2020 large-scale Renewable Energy Target (RET) would be met, the council said investment is threatened because there is no energy and climate policy to replace…

STEM failing in schools despite government focus

Comment by Peter Roberts Despite all the noise from policymakers promoting STEM study in schools, the statistics present another depressing picture of Australia’s failing VET education system. Figures released by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) show a continuing fall in STEM subject in Australian schools. In 2018 compared to 2017: # VET…

Wave Swell wins funding for wave power scheme

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) will provide $4 million to Melbourne’s Wave Swell Energy to install a pilot-scale wave energy converter in Tasmania. The company’s “oscillating water column” (OWC) technology will be installed at a site off King Island and connected to an existing microgrid operated by Hydro Tasmania. The $12.3 million pilot project…

Quickstep CEO Mark Burgess – Helping the Tall Poppies Grow

By Mark Burgess, CEO, Quickstep Holdings Mark Burgess had a long international career before moving to lead Sydney composites manufacturer, Quickstep. Here he comments on the challenges faced by his company to innovate in Australia. Australia’s Nation brand reputation is not one of industry or innovation. This affects how others see us, but also affects…