ANU researchers develop direct solar hydrogen production

Scientists at the Australian National University have demonstrated the direct production of hydrogen within solar PV cells, a development that could potentially bring down the cost of renewable hydrogen production. Thirteen researchers, led by Siva Krishna Karuturi and Heping Shen published their results in a paper in Advanced Energy Journal titled “Over 17% Efficiency Stand‐Alone…

Archer progresses biosensors for disease detection

Advanced technology developer Archer Materials has developed portable hardware systems to interface with its novel graphene based biosensor which is being developed to detect the presence of disease. The company created the biosensor components (pictured) using water-based graphene ink printed on a clear substrate with electrodes with micron-scale features. Archer said in a statement that…

Technologies and tools for a manufacturing transformation: Industry 4.0, skills and SMEs by David Fox and Inu Rana

Today, @AuManufacturing’s “technologies and tools…” series turns to technology adoption among SMEs. Inu Rana and David Fox look at some of the difficulties and benefits of increased digitalisation for smaller companies, and what it means in practical terms. There is no denying that technology is making an impact on manufacturing worldwide, helping the industry keep…

Technologies and tools for a manufacturing transformation: Lessons to shape the future by Carl de Koning

On day two of our new series, aimed at helping businesses transform their operations to compete and grow through new tools and technologies, we hear from Carl de Koning. He lays out eight characteristics important to advanced manufacturers. Over the past 40 years, I have had the privilege of working for three exceptional companies: Air…

ASM’s ambitious plans to add value to rare earths

Australian Strategic Materials is pressing ahead with its Dubbo, NSW rare earths project with ambitious plans to value-add the strategically important materials in Australia. The company, a subsidiary of listed miner Alkane Resources, is developing the Dubbo deposit containing zirconium, rare earths, niobium and halfnium. These are minerals critical to advanced industries with more than…