DST developing new underwater sensor

Scientists from Australia’s Defence Science and Technology group have successfully demonstrated underwater detection with a new type of sensor. The detector, which utilises a cutting-edge single-photon avalanche detector (SPAD) built by a team led by scientist Joyce Mau, has been patented by DST. SPAD is a solid-state photodetector in which photons of light can trigger…

Planet Ark Power wins award with AI-based energy system

Brisbane renewable energy technology company, Planet Ark Power has won an award in the global Start Up Energy Transition (SET) awards 2019 just finalised in Germany. The awards, an initiative of the German Energy Agency, recognised Planet Ark in the intelligent grids category, beating out 450 businesses from 80 countries. The company’s executive director, Richard…

Monash adds the cream to food innovation

Melbourne’s Monash University has launched Monash Food Innovation in a major new commitment to apply research to co-create innovations with industry. Monash took over Mondelez International’s regional food innovation centre in 2016, and has been busy expanding the operation and integrating it with the university’s diverse research disciplines. Mondelez had made its centre available to…

RØDE Microphones launches super-small Wireless GO

Sydney professional audio manufacturer, RØDE Microphones, has launched Wireless GO, the world’s smallest broadcast quality microphone. The latest product from the leading sound engineering company will debut at NAB 2019, a media, entertainment and technology show in Las Vegas from 8 April. Measuring a compact 44mm x 45.3mm x 18.5mm and weighing only 31g, the…

Cannabis production facility gets major projects status

The federal government has granted major projects status to a massive project near Toowoomba in Queensland to grow cannabis for medicinal purposes. The $450 million project being developed by Asterion Australia would establish 40 hectares of fully automated glasshouses in three stages. Industry minister, Karen Andrews said the project could ultimately support 1,000 jobs, and…

First Australian hydrogen exported to Japan

The first hydrogen produced in Australia using solar energy has been successfully exported to Japan, marking a milestone in what many could believe could be a major new industry. The hydrogen was produced by QUT’s solar cells at Queensland’s Redlands Research Facility, and exported by Japan’s largest petroleum conglomerate, JXTG. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk applauded the…

Talga’s Li-ion battery anode outperforms

Australian materials developer, Talga Resources (ASX: TLG) has completed positive commercial testing of lithium-ion batteries fabricated with its graphite Talnode-C anode. The tests, one of a number underway with a range of technical and commercial partners, was performed in Italy by IV Electrics, maker of the Lacama electric motorcycle (pictured). The batteries were subjected to…

Low carbon concrete defies the waves

In a world-first project, researchers and NSW Ports have incorporated waste from coal-fired power stations into low carbon Geopolymer concrete. The concrete has been cast into barricades and installed to protect the coastline at Port Kembla from extreme weather events. Steel furnace slag (SFS) Geopolymer concrete is denser than traditional concrete and emits 50 per…