ANSTO steps up as southern Sydney technology hub

The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation’s (ANSTO) Lucas Heights campus in western Sydney has been earmarked in a new strategy as Sydney’s newest nexus where industry connects with science and advanced technologies. Under the ANSTO Collaboration Area Place Strategy launched by Greater Sydney Commission the campus will be developed as a precinct devoted to…

ANU researchers develop direct solar hydrogen production

Scientists at the Australian National University have demonstrated the direct production of hydrogen within solar PV cells, a development that could potentially bring down the cost of renewable hydrogen production. Thirteen researchers, led by Siva Krishna Karuturi and Heping Shen published their results in a paper in Advanced Energy Journal titled “Over 17% Efficiency Stand‐Alone…

K-Tig to work with Bisalloy and Axiom Precision in defence

Welding technology developer K-TIG is to work with Bisalloy Steels and Axiom Precision Manufacturing to develop specialist welding capabilities for the defence sector. The three companies have signed a memorandum of understanding to jointly develop a sovereign capability in the efficient and effective welding of specialist steels. Their target is to maximise Australian participation in…

Xtek to ramp up ballistic armour production

Ballistic armour manufacturer Xtek has secured loan funding to allow the expansion of its ballistic helmet manufacturing facility in Adelaide. The company secured a $2.5 million loan from the Commonwealth Bank which will be used to install commercial scale preform presses needed before the company’s proprietary XTclave composite materials curing and consolidation process. The process…

HMAS Armidale shows extent of SME’s defence involvement

A just-completed maintenance operation on HMAS Armidale (pictured) has illustrated the extent of SME involvement in supporting the Australian defence forces. Defence minister Melissa Price today announced Armidale had undocked in Cairns after undergoing a $5 million servicing and restoration project at the Norship shipyard. More than 200 critical tasks were carried out by Norship…