Radio astronomy investments open way for industry

Two new instruments to be built for Australian radio astronomy facilities have the potential to create new spin-off industrial opportunities. Australian Research Council Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) grants have been awarded to develop a new receiver for the Parkes radio telescope, and a new digital signal processor for the Australia Telescope Compact Array…

Space infrastructure project grants open

In the 2019-20 Federal Budget, the Australian Government announced the $19.5 million Space Infrastructure Fund (SIF). This investment into infrastructure will help to grow the Australian space sector. The SIF targets 7 infrastructure projects for common-user platforms that industry cannot provide alone. Two of these projects are now open for grant applications: Mission Control Centre…

How an Aussie invention could soon cut 5% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions

By Andrew Blakers, Professor of Engineering, Australian National University In the 1980s, a global race was underway: to find a more efficient way of converting energy from the sun into electricity. Some 30 years ago, our research team at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) came up with a breakthrough, called the PERC silicon…

1414 Degrees successfully trials biogas energy storage

Energy storage company 1414 Degrees (ASX: 14D) has successfully integrated its GAS-TESS energy storage system with a SA Water wastewater treatment plant. The system is the first in the world to store energy from biogas created in the waste treatment industry in molten silicon, recovering the energy later to generate electricity. As reported in @AuManufacturing,…