Future Made in Australia will boost sustainable growth and create jobs as far as it goes, but it doesn’t go far enough

By Sanjoy Paul, University of Technology Sydney and Priyabrata Chowdhury, RMIT University The shift towards net zero emissions and greater international competition have created new opportunities for clean energy industries – poised to shape the global economy in the coming decades. To harness these opportunities, the government has developed a long-term strategic initiative called the…

Critical minerals for the world – or just for the US? Turning Australia into a green minerals powerhouse comes with risks

By Marina Yue Zhang, University of Technology Sydney; David Gann, University of Oxford, and Mark Dodgson, The University of Queensland Globalisation is on shaky ground. As China rises, the United States and its allies are moving to reduce their reliance on the world’s factory. The rivalry between the US and China is wide-ranging, from competition…

Reactions to the federal budget

A welcome focus on growing Australian capability Industry-research collaboration advocate Cooperative Research Australia (CRA) has praised the focus on growing Australia’s science and technological performance, continued support for Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) funding, and plans to transform Australian R&D. Budget 2024 “has put education, research, manufacturing and industrial transformation at its core” said CRA CEO…

Renewable Metals recycling plant to be built in the UK

The largest end-of-life vehicle recycler in the UK, EMR has acquired ‘a significant stake’ in Australian recycling company Renewable Metals in a multi-million dollar deal which will see a novel demonstration-scale battery shredding and critical minerals refining plant built in the UK. Renewable Metals has developed a highly differentiated recycling process which has fewer steps…

Iluka Resources orders equipment for Australia’s first rare earths refinery

By Peter Roberts Mining company Iluka Resources has awarded long lead procurement packages for key equipment for the company’s planned rare earths refinery at its Eneabba zircon mine in Western Australia – the first refinery for rare earths in Australia for the minerals used in high technology products. The company is procuring the roasting kiln,…

Government funder assesses Element 25 manganese project

The Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) has completed a strategic assessment of manganese miner Element 25‘s Butcherbird Stage 2 expansion project. Butcherbird will export manganese to a high-purity manganese sulphate (HPMSM) refinery in Louisiana USA to supply the US electric vehicle battery industry. Element 25 Managing Director Justin Brown said: “The results of our Feasibility…

Researchers open up critical minerals R&D for SMEs

Researchers at Australia’s leading science agencies are opening up opportunities for R&D into critical minerals opportunities through a new online course. The Australian Critical Minerals Research and Development Hub, a collaboration between CSIRO, Geoscience Australia and ANSTO, is inviting SMEs in the critical minerals industry to apply for a 10-week online innovation accessibility. The free…