“Largely untapped” synthetic biology industry could be worth $30 billion, 50,000 new jobs by 2040: report

Synthetic biology could be an industry worth $30 billion to the nation annually and create 50,000 new jobs by 2040, according to the new Synthetic Biology National Progress Report, with the greatest activity expected to be in food and agriculture, followed by health and medicine industries.  The report was written by CSIRO Futures, with support…

Quasar selected for Catalyst Accelerator

Australian satellite communications business Quasar Satellite Technologies is among seven companies selected to participate in the 13th Catalyst Accelerator, a program run by the US Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles Directorate (AFRL/RV). Quasar has developed a technology based on CSIRO’s phased array research and is able to communicate with thousands of nanosatellites through one…

K-Tig goes into administration

Automated welding manufacturer K-TIG has gone into administration, with Korda Mentha appointed as administrators. No reason was given for the move. Administrators have been appointed to K-TIG as well as a subsidiary Keyhole TIG Pty Ltd. The appointment does not extend to Keyhole TIG (USA) Inc. and Keyhole TIG (UK) Ltd which are continuing to…

CSIRO, Standards Australia release new tool for understanding standards on hydrogen projects

CSIRO and Standards Australia have launched HyStandards, an interactive tool designed to provide the relevant Australian and international standards for hydrogen projects to industry users.   CSIRO’s Hydrogen Industry Mission leader, Dr Patrick Hartley, said HyStandards allowed users to choose from five different scenarios which then display a list of applicable standards.  The scenarios are electrolyser…

‘Green’ or ‘blue’ hydrogen – what difference does it make? Not much for most Australians

By Mitchell Scovell, CSIRO and Andrea Walton, CSIRO Hydrogen can play a key role in Australia’s energy transition by giving us additional ways of storing and moving energy around. As the world shifts towards cleaner energy production, there’s a push to make hydrogen production cleaner as well. In Australia, low-emission hydrogen is produced in two…