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…

Renewable thermal solution provides green alternative for gas-hungry industries

By Andrew Spence A novel blend of old and new technology is helping Australian researchers combine renewable energy and low-cost thermal storage to deliver heat for industrial processes. Developed at the University of South Australia in Adelaide, the method involves using low cost renewable energy such as wind or solar PV to power electrical elements that heat rocks in…

Would an Australian merchant fleet help manufacturing?

Analysis by Peter Roberts If the ALP is elected at the upcoming national poll, as seems likely, Australia just may see the revival of Australian-owned shipping. Opposition leader, Bill Shorten has promised to re-develop maritime skills training, establish an investigative task force, and develop a core, privately-owned, Australian ‘strategic fleet’. Made up of perhaps a…