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May 05, 2020
Major boost for Australian hydrogen industry

Major boost for Australian hydrogen industry

The Federal Government has set up a $300 million fund to back projects focused on growing a clean and competitive hydrogen industry in Australia. The Advancing Hydrogen Fund will be administered by the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) and will provide concessional finance for projects that support a national hydrogen industry. It comes at a… ...

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May 05, 2020
Boeing unveils Loyal Wingman combat drone

Boeing unveils Loyal Wingman combat drone

A Boeing-led Australian industry team has rolled out its first Loyal Wingman unmanned aircraft for the Royal Australian Air Force.  The combat drone uses artificial intelligence to extend the capabilities of manned and unmanned platforms. It is Boeing’s largest investment in an unmanned aircraft outside of the United States. The working Loyal Wingman prototype now… ...

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Apr 23, 2020
More good news from Abercorn drilling

More good news from Abercorn drilling

Metalsearch expects to report a maiden mineral resource for its Abercorn project ‘in the near future’ after results from the final 34 holes in a recent 62-hole aircore drilling program. The drilling campaign had demonstrated that the Abercorn project contained significant scale and a very consistent, high quality grade of mineralisation, Metalsearch said. The project,… ...

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Apr 21, 2020
Clear path for future of solar technology

Clear path for future of solar technology

Australian researchers have developed semi-transparent solar cells that can be incorporated into window glass. The results are a ‘game-changer’ that could transform architecture, urban planning and electricity generation, they say. The researchers – led by Professor Jacek Jasieniak from the ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science (Exciton Science) and Monash University – have succe...

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Apr 16, 2020
Lightweight contender in solar tech race

Lightweight contender in solar tech race

Researchers have developed an ultralight flexible solar cell, 10 times thinner than the width of a human hair, that is showing good results for power conversion. At a size of just 2cm squared – roughly the same as an Australian 5c piece – each solar cell is light enough to be supported by a flower… ...

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Apr 16, 2020
Copper-coated solution to tackle virus spread

Copper-coated solution to tackle virus spread

Australian company SPEE3D has developed a process to 3D print anti-microbial copper onto metal surfaces. Laboratory tests have shown that touch surfaces modified by this process ‘contact kill’ 96 per cent of the COVID-19 virus in two hours. The process, known as ACTIVAT3D copper, has been developed by modifying SPEE3D’s printing technology to allow existing… ...

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Apr 06, 2020
Sewage and slag a great mix for stronger concrete

Sewage and slag a great mix for stronger concrete

Researchers have found a way to make stronger concrete – with ‘sewage-enhanced’ steel slag. Steel slag, a by-product of steel making, is often used as a substitute aggregate material for making concrete. Engineering researchers at RMIT University examined whether slag that had been used to treat wastewater could then be recycled as an aggregate material… ...

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Apr 04, 2020
Mining equipment expertise behind ventilator prototype

Mining equipment expertise behind ventilator prototype

Mineral processing business Gekko Systems is part of a response group in Ballarat joining forces to deliver a ventilator for local use and potential global application. Gekko technical director Sandy Gray, a Clunies Ross Science Award Winner and International Mining Hall of Fame Inductee, brings a knowledge of pneumatics, hydraulics, operating systems, mechatronics and control… ...

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Apr 01, 2020
Team shifts track to race to save lives

Team shifts track to race to save lives

Queensland-based Triple Eight Race Engineering has turned its attention from the track to tackling the COVID-19 crisis by developing a low-cost ventilator. Triple Eight suspended its usual operation following the cancellation of the Australian Grand Prix and has been focused on designing and building a working prototype. “One week we’re at the race track trying… ...

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