New NSW semiconductor bureau to set up at Sydney’s tech precinct

A NSW government-funded Semiconductor Service Bureau will be established at Cicada Innovations in Sydney’s Tech Central Precinct, aiming to “drive sovereign semiconductor capability” and support critical industries “including health, defence and telecommunications.” Support for a $4 million Semiconductor Sector Service Bureau, styled “S3B”, was announced in October last year, based on a primary recommendation of…

Saber Astronautics and TCG launch space incubator hub

Space services provider Saber Astronautics and prolific start up developer TCG Group have launched the Wolfpack Space Hub’s new space technology company incubator at inner city Waterloo, Sydney. The new facility has a manufacturing laboratory for space startups to rapidly prototype and experiment with flight hardware products, allowing them to quickly and safely iterate new…

Barbie maker beats supply chain blues by taking production in-house

By Brent Balinski There are many examples since 2020 of manufacturers of all sizes being forced to re-examine their supply chains. One comes from John Smith, owner of Smith’s Cooking Systems and Smith’s BBQ. He began designing and selling cooker cabinets and later microwave trims in 2000, and BBQs and related equipment in 2015. The…

Sun Cable power export project deemed investment ready

Infrastructure Australia has announced that Sun Cable’s Australia-Asia PowerLink (AAPowerLink) has met all requirements of the Infrastructure Priority List, advancing the project to Stage 3 ‘Investment-ready’ status. The AAPowerLink is the world’s largest solar, storage and transmission system that will transmit renewable electricity from the Barkly Region of the Northern Territory to Darwin and Singapore.…

Arena continues support for UNSW solar PV research

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) today announced up to $45 million in funding to the Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics (ACAP) to extend operations of their cutting edge solar photovoltaic (PV) research to 2030. Delivered by the University of New South Wales (UNSW) School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering, ACAP includes research groups…

Don’t have a cow: the Australian startup brewing high-tech animal-free milk

Eden Brew is roughly 18 months old and commercialising CSIRO R&D on precision fermentation for animal-free milk, which it says has a “four-casein micelle” identical to dairy milk. It recently announced it raised $US 5 million to support commercialisation, and is preparing to launch ice cream from this in time for summer next year. We…