Batteries of gravity and water: we found 1,500 new pumped hydro sites next to existing reservoirs

By Andrew Blakers, Australian National University; Anna Nadolny, Australian National University, and Ryan Stocks, Australian National University In eight years, Australia wants to be four-fifths powered by renewables. Solar and wind investment is pouring in. But to firm the renewables and overcome the intermittency, we need overnight energy storage. That’s why there’s so much interest…

New ARC Carbon Science and Innovation centre awarded funding

The UNSW-led Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Carbon Science and Innovation has been awarded $35 million in federal funding, and aims to “revolutionise carbon science” to create new carbon-based catalysts for use in renewable energy generation, carbon capture and clean chemical production.  Scientia Professor Liming Dai (pictured), who is also Founding Director of the…

Australian Innovation eXchange to boost commercialisation

An Australian Innovation eXchange (AIX) has been launched to support the translation of Australia’s world leading innovation across all industry sectors. The AIX, a subsidiary of METS Ignited Industry Growth Centre, is a national programme that facilitates partnerships between researchers and technology companies, helping establish new pathways for commercialisation. This will include expanding Australian technology…

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Lockheed Martin opens Adelaide office Defence prime contractor Lockheed Martin Australia’s new Adelaide city office has been officially opened by South Australian Deputy Premier Susan Close. Close unveiled a commemorative plaque to mark the occasion together with LMA employees, industry partners, academia, business and Indigenous leaders. The new 930 square metre purpose designed office will…

Bulk procurement can revitalise government purchasing policy and impact – by Mark Leith

Today as part of @AuManufacturing’s series looking forward from the Jobs and Skills Summit, Mark Leith proposes a radical re-think of Australia’s procurement practices. If Australia is to meet its revised 2030 emissions reduction targets, early action to accelerate zero emission bus and truck adoption is essential. While the business case for fleet electrification and…

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WA defence researchers awarded $1.19 million in grants The Western Australian government has awarded eight grants worth $1.19 million in total to defence researchers as part of the annual Collaborative Research Grant (CRG) program. The funded projects cover a range of fields, including maritime surveillance, modelling for tracking misinformation, and diver communication systems. The program…

Gekko aims for cyanide-free gold processing

Ballarat, Victoria mineral processing equipment company Gekko Systems and Singapore’s Clean Earth Technologies (CET) are to work together to develop technologies aiming to make gold processing cyanide and acid-free. The two companies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to identify and pursue their complementary technologies combining CET’s more environmentally friendly technologies and reagents and…