National broadband – rooster or feather duster by Laurie Patton

The federal government has announced billions in spending on upgrading the National Broadband Network. Here Laurie Patton asks whether the NBN is a rooster or a feather duster. NBN Co will now spend $3.5 billion replacing inferior connections with the fibre they should have had from the beginning. Of course in all likelihood this will…

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SAAB to onshore defence health system business

SAAB Australia is to relocate its global Deployable Health System Design and Development Centre from Europe to Australia following the win of a $370 million defence contract to deliver cutting-edge deployable health equipment. The first five-years of the contract will see Saab Australia enhance the ADF’s clinical health care response capability by delivering more than…

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Highlights from the 4th International Forum on Additive Manufacturing 

By RMIT Advanced Manufacturing Precinct and Centre for Additive Manufacture The 4th International Forum on Additive Manufacturing, delivered virtually on 9 September, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia proved by all accounts to be a great success.  The Forum general chair Professor Milan Brandt of the Centre for Additive Manufacturing, RMIT University attracted a number of international,…

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Glaciem wins engineering award for CO2 Refrigeration

South Australia’s Glaciem Cooling Technologies has won the state’s Engineering Excellence Award and been named as Sir William Hudson Award finalist. The company was recognised for several technologies based on research at the University of South Australia. Their air-cooled CO2 refrigeration system has been operating at The Bend Motorsport Park, about 100km southeast of Adelaide,…

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1414 Degrees looks to add batteries to silicon energy storage

Thermal energy storage developer 1414 Degrees has evaluated its TESS molten silicon technology for energy storage under scenarios linked to additional battery storage. The company, which is developing the Silicon Aurora project near Port Augusta in South Australia, found the project would generate higher revenues by combining thermal (TESS) and battery enetrgy (BESS) storage. The…

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