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,…

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)…

Labor sets aside $1 billion to create hydrogen industry

A Shorten government would provide $1 billion in funding to the Clean Energy Finance Corporation should it be elected in the 2019 election to kick start large-scale hydrogen energy exports. A day after promising to reform Australian industry participation in major projects, opposition leader Shorten promised to double the CEFC’s capital to $10 billion. One…

CEA Technologies and Austal to boost defence exports

Canberra’s CEA Technologies and Perth’s Austal (ASX: ASB) are the first manufacturers to receive federal government loans from the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (EFIC) to boost Australian defence exports. A loan of $90 million has been made to CEA to help build a new manufacturing plant to build its CEAFAR phased array radars in…

More change for the R&D tax incentive – but is it for the better?

Analysis by Peter Roberts Australia has since the 1980s had tax concessions and incentives designed to encourage long-term business R&D that creates future economic benefits for individual companies, and the nation. But the latest changes to what is now a tax offset against eligible R&D continue the endless changes to the basic structure of the…

Massive pipeline project takes shape

Another 500 massive 1.8 metre diameter glass reinforced composite pipes are en route by ship from Adelaide to Townsville as part of the ambitious Haughton Pipeline Duplication Project. The second of six shipments, manufactured at RPC Group’s Adelaide factory, the Flowtite GRP pipes will make up a 36.5 kilometre pipeline from the Haughton Pump Station…

Q and A with export champion, Flavourtech

NSW’s Flavourtech, a Griffith-based business making specialised machinery for “aroma recovery, extraction and evaporation solutions”, won the Manufacturing category at last week’s Australian Export Awards. Brent Balinski spoke to Paul Smith, Flavourtech’s Financial Controller, about the company’s expansion, its technology, and its success internationally.  

Mildura manufacturer in railway sleeper breakthrough.

Mildura manufacturer, Integrated Recycling has won approval from Metro Trains Melbourne to trial its Duratrack composite recycled plastic sleeper on the Melbourne rail system. “This follows hot on the heals of Queensland Rail Type Approval for mainline trials,” the company said. At this stage, MTM will trial Duratrack at at last two sites in Melbourne…