Gekko and Singapore company work together on greener gold processing

Mineral processing specialist Gekko Systems and Singaporean “Clean Mining” company Clean Earth Technologies have announced execution of an MoU that will see them join forces on gold processing projects. In a statement on Friday, the Ballarat-based Gekko said it would combine its Inline Leach Reactor (ILR) and associated equipment with CET’s cyanide and acid-free reagents…

Flinders to focus on marine industries biofouling

Australia’s shipbuilding and marine equipment industries will get a major boost with the announcement of a new ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre for Biofilm Research and Innovation based at Flinders University in Adelaide. The $5 million centre will attract almost $7.65 million from industry and research partners and explore the microbiological complexities of biofilms commonly…

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NERA opens way for energy companies to showcase their technologies Industry growth centre National Energy Resources Australia (NERA) has opened a pathway for energy technology companies to the Global Clean Energy Action Forum (GCEAF) event in Pittsburgh in September. NERA has launched LETs Pitch Australia, a supply chain development program aimed at Australian businesses developing…

How Australia’s geology gave us an abundance of coal – and a wealth of greentech minerals to switch to

Two recent announcements hint at a seismic shift about to hit Australia’s coal industry.

Australian tech billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes and Canada’s Brookfield put forward an extraordinary joint bid to takeover AGL Energy, Australia’s biggest emitting company, over the weekend. If successful, it would see AGL’s coal-fired power stations shut down early. And last week, Origin Energy announced that the country’s largest coal plant, Eraring, will close seven years early.

24 manufacturers awarded $ 9 million in commercialisation grants

The latest round of grants under the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre’s Commercialisation Fund has been announced, with 24 manufacturers sharing in $9.03 million in assistance to commercialise products including a super-fast Covid-19 test, quality hardwood from timber waste, and “smart shoes”. Private investment was roughly four times the value of grants, according to a statement…

Budget 2021-22: What it means for the Circular Economy

With international pressure mounting on Australia to commit to more substantial action on climate change, Budget 2021-22 was an opportunity — coupled with a once-in-a-generation social license to spend strategically to ‘build back better’ — to set out the government’s strategy towards addressing these concerns. So what’s in the budget for the Circular Economy? Dr Kar Mei Tang explains.