The surge to renewables promises cheaper power for manufacturing – by Ben Waters

Manufacturers have experienced a sudden shift from cheap, fossil fuel electricity to expensive generation. Now the shift to renewables is on, and manufacturers are beginning to free themselves from the grasp of high fossil fuel prices. Here sustainability and cleantech leader Ben Waters discusses the new reality of renewably generated electricity. Manufacturing is key to…

$28 million for defence innovation goes to nine new contracts

The Defence Innovation Hub has announced its latest round of grants to industry worth $28 million, with grant funds going to nine new contracts and two existing projects. Two of the recipients, BlueZone Group and QinetiQ, were awarded contracts to further develop promising technologies that have previously received grant funding support. BlueZone Group won a…

Sage Automation proves bag-drop units at Singapore’s Changi airport

Following success of bag-drop units and screens at Singapore’s Changi Airport, Adelaide’s Sage Automation has seen success penetrating other global aviation markets. The company was approached by ICM Airport Technics, an Amadeus company, to identify improvements to the self-service bag drop solutions in provides for airports and airlines all over the world. The units are…

3ME Technology launches battery-powered mining vehicle

Advanced battery technologies developer 3ME Technology has launched its latest vehicle – the TRITEV underground mining vehicle. The prototype vehicle, a collaborative project between 3ME, Batt Mobile Equipment (BME) and Tritton Underground (Aeris Resources), is a 20 tonne diesel powered vehicle retrofitted to battery electric. The TRITEV is a loader/integrated tool-carrier suitable for deployment into…

Repurpose It converts glass waste into manufacturing feedstock

After an eight month operation led by the Victorian Environment Protection Authority, the last truckload of contaminated glass waste from Glass Recovery Services (GRS) has been removed from a site in Melbourne for recycling. Here, Aristos Karavias of waste to resources business Repurpose It takes up the story. According to the Environment Protection Authority (EPA)…