Pilbara gives $104.9 million lithium demonstration plant the green light

Environmental technology company Calix and lithium miner Pilbara Minerals have announced a final investment decision to build a $104.9 million demonstration plant for processing a lithium-enriched product from a low-grade spodumene, able to produce over 3,000 tonnes per annum of lithium phosphate. The two ASX-listed companies announced a joint venture for the Pilgangoora Project in…

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ActionLaser drills into recycling industry with new filter products

Filtration screen specialist ActionLaser has announced its entry into the international market for plastic recycling via a project backed by the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre. ActionLaser was established in 1988 based on laser drilling technology developed at CSIRO, originally focussed on centrifuge screens for the sugar processing industry, and later branched out into filtration screens…

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Competitive for SMEs to go solar plus batteries – Energy renaissance

Australian battery manufacturer Energy Renaissance believes Australia is now at a point where it’s equally cost-effective for SME businesses to harness the power of the sun and store it in batteries as it is to tap into the grid. Based on the default market offers (DMO) recently announced by the Australian Energy Regulator (AER), this…

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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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