Canberra’s latest bone-headed signal on green hydrogen

Comment by Peter Roberts The federal government has added to frustration about its stance on potential exports of green hydrogen, announcing $40 million in funding to establish a Future Energy Exports (FEnEx) Cooperative Research Centre. The FEnEx CRC, announced alongside a new CRC for Transformations in Mining Economies (CRC TiME), will develop ‘technologies to improve…

AMGC backs project to develop new composite rocket tanks

The Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre has joined efforts by a group of Queensland companies to develop new lightweight composite rocket tanks. Gilmour Space, the University of Southern Queensland, Protonautics and Graphene Manufacturing Group are hoping to cut the weight of Gilmour’s rockets to deliver payloads of up to 250 kg such as small satellites into…

Titomic in disruptive aerospace partnership

Large-scale additive manufacturing company Titomic has announced a new partnership with Ascent Aerospace which it believes could disrupt the global tooling industry. Ascent is the largest aerospace tooling supplier in the world and utilises advanced techniques to provide very large, high-quality tool solutions. It also supplies the commercial, defense, and space industries. In a two…

Taking US oil in a global crisis sounds good on paper, but it won’t do much for Australia’s energy security

By Christian Downie, Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow, Australian National University The federal government this week signed a deal with the US to access their oil reserves should global supplies be disrupted and we eat into our meagre reserve. Oil security is a hot topic in Australia – we consume more than a decade ago, produce…