Critical minerals manufacturing opportunity – by Shannon O’Rourke

Australia has vast resources of battery minerals and the beginnings of a battery metals value chain, but little in the way of value-added manufacturing. According to Shannon O’Rourke, the time for action to seize the opportunity is now. The Australian mining industry saved Australia from recession in the GFC and again during the Covid-19 pandemic.…

Pure Hydrogen debuts hydrogen powered waste truck

Hydrogen, gas and mobility business Pure Hydrogen has partnered with domestic waste collector JJ’s Waste & Recycling to trial Australia’s first-ever hydrogen fuelled garbage truck (pictured). The trial with JJ’s Waste & Recycling, Australia’s largest privately-owned waste management company, will begin at the end of 2022 in South East Queensland and opens the way to…

Silentium Defence aims to improve disaster planning from space

Passive radar systems manufacturer Silentium Defence has partnered with the United States Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and Duke University engineering researchers to improve disaster monitoring and management from spacecraft. Capabilities to be explored under a new partnership utilising Adelaide-based Silentium’s passive military radar technology include faster, more accurate storm predictions, real-time tracking of…

Red dirt, yellow sun, green steel: how Australia could benefit from a global shift to emissions-free steel

For years, decarbonising steel production has been seen as particularly challenging. But now, alternatives to the centuries-old practice of using coal to produce iron and steel are emerging. Researchers have been working on a number of new pathways to make steel with little or no emissions. The most promising process relying on the use of hydrogen.