Calix and Pilbara Minerals to form lithium JV

Industrial process technology company Calix and Pilbara Minerals will establish a joint venture to potentially develop a demonstration plant to produce lithium phosphate salt to supply battery chemicals manufacturing. This follows positive results from their joint scoping study for a lithium salt production facility using Calix technology at Pilbara’s existing spodumene concentrate plant (pictured) at…

Budget 2022: $9.9 billion towards cyber security aims to make Australia a key ‘offensive’ cyber player

By Paul Haskell-Dowland, Edith Cowan University In the 2022 federal budget, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg launched a range of vote-winning initiatives – one of which included a breathtaking A$9.9 billion for cyber security over ten years. Bundled under the acronym REDSPICE (which stands for resilience, effects, defence, space, intelligence, cyber and enablers), the program is expected…

Q-CTRL in R&D to scale-up of quantum computers

Quantum technology developer Q-CTRL is partnering with Swiss research institute for natural and engineering sciences The Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) to pioneer R&D in the scale-up of quantum computers. Q-CTRL’s software and hardware systems reduce noise and error in nascent quantum computing systems, which store information at the sub-atomic level. The strategic partnership will leverage…

Fortescue partners to replace Russian gas with hydrogen

Australian renewable green energy development company Fortescue Future Industries and European energy networks and energy infrastructure provider E.ON have partnered to deliver up to five million tonnes per annum of green (GH2) to Europe by 2030. Five million tonnes per annum (mtpa) of renewable GH2 is equal to approximately one third of the calorific energy…

EOS SpaceLink satellite network a step closer

Space, defence and communications manufacturer Electro Optic Systems is a step closer to launching its ambitious SpaceLink global satellite network following export finance backing from the federal government. Export Finance Australia will provide conditional finance for up to US$80 million of debt funding for the initial satellite communications constellation to be launched by EOS subsidiary…

Avecho cannabis product effective for arthritis

Drug delivery company Avecho has announced positive results from its Phase 2a studying its topical cannabinoid gel for the management of pain associated with osteoarthritis of the hand. The study dosed patients over a four-week period, with the study demonstrating statistically significant daily improvements in hand pain, hand functionality, grip strength, finger stiffness and anxiety.…

Fleet Space Technologies uses IoT for surveying for minerals

Iot satellite manufacturer Fleet Space Technologies has revealed GeoSphere, a first-of-its-kind system that is a passive, non-destructive technique to assess site viability for mineral and material deposits. According to social media posts GeoSphere combines wireless Geodes, intelligent cloud processing and a constellation of low earth orbit (LEO) nanosatellites to discover critical resources up to 100…