Property developer backs Whyalla green hydrogen and greensteel projects

By Peter Roberts One of Australia’s most respected property developers has put a bold plan to the South Australian government to revive the steel city of Whyalla by building hotels and thousands of new homes to house a massive influx of residents needed to support planned green hydrogen and green steel manufacturing facilities. With the…

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Digital shipbuilding revolution propels the Hunter programme forward

Australia’s largest manufacturing project – the construction of frigates for the Royal Australian Navy – is gaining momentum at the Osborne naval shipyard in Adelaide. Here Craig Lockhart outlines BAE Systems Australia’s vision of an all-digital shipyard. BAE Systems is progressing the world’s most advanced anti-submarine warfare frigate and building a critical industrial capability that…

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Industry-led research drives manufacturing growth – report

By Peter Roberts The importance of linking manufacturers to public sector research capabilities compared to grant-focused programmes favoured by the previous Coalition government has been confirmed through a major study of the Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre (IMCRC). The report by consultants ACIL Allen report found the IMCRC’s 71 manufacturing R&D projects were on track…

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To clean up Australia’s power grid, we’re going to need many thousands more skilled workers – and fast

By Jay Rutovitz, University of Technology Sydney; Chris Briggs, University of Technology Sydney, and Rusty Langdon, University of Technology Sydney To get Australia’s grid 82% powered by renewables by 2030 is a huge increase. At present, the electricity powering eastern and southern states is around 33% renewable. To get there means a lot of work.…

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Husic warns the energy Czars

Industry minister Ed Husic has hit out at energy companies threatening to renege on a deal between the federal government and gas producers to increase the supply of gas to east coast markets. Interviewed by Patricia Karvelas on ABC radio, Husic said the companies would ‘need to consider their steps very carefully’. He said: “What…

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