Industry contracts further in July – AiGroup

The manufacturing sector has continued its trend towards contraction in July, with the Ai Group Australian Industry Index losing 2.8 points to -14.7 points – the broad gauge of industry conditions has been negative for the past fifteen months. Meanwhile the Australian PMI indicator which focuses more closely on manufacturers fell to -25.6, indicating contractionary…

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Spiral Blue to provide computing for Australian space telescope

Sydney based space computing manufacturer Spiral Blue has announced a partnership with the University of Sydney for the ground-breaking TOLIMAN Space Telescope Mission – Australia’s largest space-based astronomical observatory. Now under construction, TOLIMAN is a 12.5cm space telescope that will be carried by a 16U CubeSat bus to a 550km sun-synchronous orbit when launched in…

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Here’s how wastewater facilities could tackle food waste, generate energy and slash emissions

By Melita Jazbec, University of Technology Sydney; Andrea Turner, University of Technology Sydney, and Ben Madden, University of Technology Sydney Most Australian food waste ends up in landfill. Rotting in the absence of oxygen produces methane, a potent greenhouse gas. While some facilities capture this “landfill gas” to produce energy, or burn it off to…

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Element 25 warms to pre cathode material production plant

A feasibility study for manganese miner Element 25 has demonstrated ‘compelling economics’ for the proposed first ever US based battery grade high purity manganese sulphate monohydrate (HPMSM) facility planned by the company. HPMSM is required for the production of pre-cathode active materials (pCAM) used in EV batteries. The proposed facility would take manganese from the…

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iLAuNCH announces two new projects with energy tech company entX

The Innovative Launch, Automation, Novel Materials, Communications and Hypersonics (iLAuNCH) Hub has announced new partnerships between University of South Australia, University of Southern Queensland and Adelaide-based energy technology company entX. iLAuNCH announced two projects on Tuesday, with UniSA and entX (previously PhosEnergy) first focussing on the flow of thermal energy to ensure spacecraft can survive…

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Rediscovering our ability to spin a yarn

The textile industry still exists in Australia, but it’s misunderstood and strengthening it will be essential in addressing environmental and social problems. Brent Balinski speaks to Meriel Chamberlin, founder of Full Circle Fibres. “TCF” is a peculiarly Australian, bureaucratic category for a misunderstood, thrown-together collection of industries, believes Meriel Chamberlin. “That is such a vast,…

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The world stills sees Australia as only a source of resources – by Jeffrey Lang

The latest Harvard Kennedy School Economic Complexity Index (ECI) rating has seen Australia’s ranking plummet to 93rd, placing us between Uganda and Pakistan in the bottom third of monitored nations for economic complexity. Here Jeffrey Lang points to the root of the nation’s industrial problems. The problem is Australia’s sovereign capabilities is centric to still…

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