New training centre will address predicted skills shortfall in “second quantum revolution”

The University of Adelaide has shared some details about a recently-funded ARC Training Centre in Current and Emergent Quantum Technologies (CE-QuTech), which it says will play “a critical role in advancing Australia’s position as a global leader in quantum technologies.” The new centre is led by University of Adelaide, and directed by the university’s Professor…

Sparc Hydrogen pilot plant closer with new Japanese partner

Sparc Hydrogen is closer to announcing the development of its photocatalytic water splitting hydrogen production pilot reactor with the announcement of new international partners for the project. A joint venture between Sparc Technologies, the University of Adelaide and Fortescue, Sparc Hydrogen has progressed several key workstreams that de-risk the development of the pilot plant, including…

1414 and team make SiPHyR project official

Thermal energy storage company 1414 Degrees has launched a three-year R&D project on a new methane pyrolysis technology, signing a partnership agreement with the companies and institutions involved. The technology team includes experts from University of Adelaide (UofA), oil and gas company Woodside, Vulcan Steel, and RMIT University, and is supported by a $2.5 million…

Defence Trailblazer accelerates industrial priorities

Defence’s technology solutions development programme, the Defence Trailblazer has launched a new $12 million grant scheme to accelerate the development of defence industry capabilities. Defence Trailblazer’s new Accelerating Sovereign Industrial Capabilities (ASIC) grant programme will fast-track the translation of defence R&D into industry capabilities. Executive Director Dr Sanjay Mazumdar said: “The Defence Industry Development Strategy…

New Defence Technologies Academy for Lot Fourteen

The federal and South Australian governments are to invest $60 million towards building an Australian Defence Technologies Academy to be developed at Lot Fourteen innovation precinct in Adelaide. To open in 2026, the academy will drive sovereign research and development of defence capabilities, according to a statement. The state-of-the-art facility will provide digital training, education…

From soft plastics waste to structural building panels

Australian composites manufacturer Sustainable Infrastructure Systems (SIS) has revealed innovative structural building panels made from glass fibre-reinforced polymer (GFRP) and discarded soft plastics. The lightweight, high-strength composite panels are the first in the world to be manufactured using post-consumer mixed soft plastics, which are blended with a proprietary material matrix, according to an announcement. The…