How far has nuclear fusion power come? We could be at a turning point for the technology

By Nathan Garland, Griffith University and Matthew Hole, Australian National University Our society faces the grand challenge of providing sustainable, secure and affordable means of generating energy, while trying to reduce carbon dioxide emissions to net zero around 2050. To date, developments in fusion power, which potentially ticks all these boxes, have been funded almost…

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Managing your supply chain carbon emissions – by Bruce Macfarlane

Businesses are increasingly being asked to report, justify and act to reduce their carbon emissions. Here Bruce Macfarlane outlines what it means as the circular economy crashes into supply chains. As the UN’s COP27 carnival packs up and leaves Egypt’s Sharm el-Sheikh, many questions will be on the minds of government and business leaders. Like…

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PBT’s boost to make battery cathode active materials

The European Investment Bank (EIB), backed by the InvestEU programme, is granting a €36.7 million loan to Königswarter & Ebell, a German subsidiary of Australian Battery cathode materials producer Pure Battery Technologies (PBT). The project involves construction of a commercial demonstration plant at a brownfield industrial site owned by Königswarter & Ebell in Hagen, Germany…

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Commercial trials expected in 2023 for Australian-developed waterless dyeing process

Xefco is moving to the pilot manufacturing stage for a new waterless dyeing and finishing process, which it says could cut energy and water use by 86 per cent and 88 per cent respectively versus conventional wet processes. The company’s Ausora solution is described as using a “plasma-enhanced chemical vapour deposition” method to apply dyes…

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Vaxxas raises $34 million for clinical program, increased output

Needle-free vaccination company Vaxxas has announced completion of a funding round worth $34 million, which it says will help it build production capacity and accelerate its clinical program for a Covid-19 vaccine candidate. Among existing investors in the round were OneVentures and University of Queensland technology transfer organisation Uniquest. “This financing from a strong syndicate…

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ARENA backs depot for Australia’s largest EV fleet

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) is backing the creation of Australia’s largest electric vehicle logistics fleet by supporting the construction of a ‘depot of the future’. ARENA today announced $20.1 million in funding to Team Global Express (Global Express) for the depot project to integrate battery electric vehicles in its transport and logistics operations.…

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