F-35 maintenance contracts awarded locally

A number of defence suppliers have been awarded contracts to repair, maintain and upgrade components on the F-35 Lightning fighter plane now coming into service with the RAAF. Announcing the contracts, defence minister, Christopher Pyne and defence industry minister, Steven Ciobo said they were evidence of the global competitiveness of Australian industry. Most were regional…

Vestas to make wind turbines in Geelong

Danish renewable energy giant, Vestas is to establish a wind turbine manufacturing plant at Geelong, Victoria in association with a local precision engineering firm. Vestas has partnered with Marand Precision Engineering to turn the former Ford stamping plant into a plant capable of making 4MW Drivetrains and Hubs and component testing for the Dundonnell and…

New defence exports legislation likely

The federal government has committed to developing new legislation to tighten defence export controls following a review of the Defence Trade Controls Act 2012. Defence minister Christopher Pyne said today that Dr Vivienne Thom had completed her review of the act which controls the supply and, in some cases, publication of sensitive defence technologies. Releasing…

Distributed energy generation moves closer

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has awarded $9.6 million in funding to 12 projects and studies to further the penetration of distributed energy resources (DER) such as household solar power. ARENA CEO Darren Miller said the projects will help to maximise the potential benefits of DER technologies owned by households and businesses. “Rooftop solar,…

Canberra signs $50 billion submarine contract

The federal government has signed the much-delayed contract with France’s Naval Group (formerly DCNS) for the building of Australia’s new Attack class submarines. The $50 billion ‘strategic partnership agreement’ (SPA) to build 12 modified French submarines in Adelaide paves the way for the first boat, to be named HMAS Attack, to come into service in…

Bringing the NBN up to speed

Analysis by Peter Roberts It is hard to believe but after tens of billions of dollars spent, Australia heads towards 2020 with slow internet speeds that are going to affect the country’s economic future. New figures released in the Speedtest Global Index show Australia comes in at number 55 globally in terms of internet speed,…

Brisbane company joins solar subsidy scheme

Brisbane’s Redbank Technologies has become the first Australian company to be accepted into the South Australian Government’s $100 million Home Battery Scheme. The company’s Australian made Smart Hybrid Inverter is one of ten brands of battery and related products accepted into the scheme which will help up to 40,000 homes install solar photo voltaic (PV)…