Australian manufacturing saved by a roundtable

Comment by Peter Roberts Excuse my cynicism but a cynical government held a gabfest in Canberra this week that we are meant to believe shows their commitment to Australian manufacturing.. Industry reps, academics and others met with industry minister Karen Andrews with the outcome? Well bugger all. Andrews said: “The roundtable discussed ways to enable…

Adelaide’s virtual power plant takes shape

The South Australian Government’s plan to create the world’s biggest virtual power plant (VPP) using solar PV and Tesla batteries has reached a milestone with 1,100 homes connected. The government plans to connect 50,000 homes together which would act as a single generating unit, cutting energy rices, increasing grid stability and contributing to its goal…

GroundProbe emerges as growth engine for Orica

Explosives and mine technology group Orica (ASX: ORI) has announced that its 2017 purchase of the GroundProbe business has exceeded expectations with the new division considered a growth engine for the company. GroundProbe, which makes laser and radar monitoring and measurement systems, cost Orica $205 million to buy but has exceeded the company’s original business…

Coal seam gas cuts electricity production carbon emissions – CSIRO

A CSIRO assessment of whole-of-life greenhouse gas emissions associated with the Queensland coal seam gas (CSG) to liquefied natural gas industry (LNG) has identified major greenhouse gas reduction opportunities for electricity generation. The report into gals and electricity production from the Suart Basin found that switching from black coal to Suart CSG for fuel offered…