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…

From bombs to bugs: Australian company works towards new Covid detection device

In recent weeks, we have reported on manufacturers applying their expertise to developing Covid-19 tests. Brent Balinski spoke to Samantha Ollerton of GreyScan, which is building a trace detection device for surfaces, where the virus can linger for days.   March was a month where everything changed. Whatever your business, it was time to rethink…