Canberra backs steelworks, hints at further MMI investment

BlueScope Steel will invest $217 updating the Port Kembla steelworks with the assistance of a federal government Modern Manufacturing Initiative grant. Canberra will provide $55.4 million to the project which will ‘shore up the supply of Australian steel to support renewable energy projects and our local defence sector’, according to the government. Steel plate produced…

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USQ research joins Defence Industry Security Program

University of Southern Queensland defence industry research efforts have been granted membership to the federal government’s Defence Industry Security Program (DISP). Membership signals USQ’s strong capability to meet the national and international security requirements of Australia’s defence industry supply chain, according to a statement. DISP provides non-military organisations with a framework for working securely with…

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Flinders in R&D partnership with WA asparagopsis startup

SeaStock, which recently became the sixth company with a licence to produce asparagopsis extract-based livestock feed, will undertake a project on “production and processing techniques” with Flinders University. Asparagopsis is a red seaweed native to Australia and New Zealand, and the subject of years of research led by CSIRO and James Cook University investigating the…

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Pure Hydrogen plans a ‘turquoise’ hydrogen pilot plant

Pure Hydrogen plans to produce ‘turquoise’ hydrogen from methane feedstock in a Brisbane pilot plant utilising technology from French company Plenesys. Pure Hydrogen has built up ‘considerable’ expertise in methane pyrolysis hydrogen production and will combine it with Plenesys’s A/C Plasma Torch to convert methane into hydrogen and solid carbon products including graphene. The two…

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Schneider Electric completes acquisition of Australian IoT company

French multinational Schneider Electric has announced the completed acquisition of Aurtra, a University of Queensland spinout specialising in power asset management solutions. The acquisition was announced last year, with Aurtra’s HealthSense – a multi-function sensor solution – now part of Schneider Electric’s services offer portfolio. Aurtra was founded in 2016, following a decade of industry/university…

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