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Billion-dollar win for Australian critical minerals

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24 Aug 2022

Australia’s critical minerals will drive the growth of the United States’ booming electric vehicle (EV) program – a major win for our mining and manufacturing industries that could be worth billions of dollars. New laws signed by US President Joe Biden give Australia and other Free Trade Agreement partners preferred status for the supply of processed minerals like lithium that are used in EV batteries. Australia is the number one producer of lithium in the world – as well as having some of the largest reserves of other critical minerals – so has a huge competitive advantage in accessing the lucrative US battery market.

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Hydrogen fuels demand for engineering talent

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19 Aug 2022

By 2050 the northern Australian state of Queensland could see an increase of 26,700 engineering and construction jobs in the renewable energy industry. Around half of this demand will be absorbed by the hydrogen sector. A report by Construction Skills Queensland considers the talent needed to meet Australia’s 2050 net-zero goal and its plans to become a major global hydrogen exporter: “Many countries with ambitious net-zero goals lack the natural renewable assets to satisfy them. Queensland’s remarkable natural advantages puts it in pole position to emerge as a key global exporter of clean hydrogen”. Around 30% of hydrogen jobs would be highly skilled.

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Australian digital games industry guide launched

  • Media release
11 Aug 2022

A new guide to the Australian games industry, developed in partnership between Austrade and the Interactive Games and Entertainment Association (IGEA), launched this week. The guide, Level Up, provides a snapshot into our thriving games industry. Read it to learn more about Australian made critically acclaimed games, our creative and collaborative ecosystem, and the incentives on offer for studios considering a base in Australia.

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Promising beginnings for Australia’s newest supercomputer

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11 Aug 2022

Australia’s newest supercomputer has produced a highly detailed image of a supernova remnant, using data from a radio telescope located on Wajarri Yamatji Country in Western Australia. The supercomputer, Setonix, was developed by Perth’s Pawsey Supercomputing Research Centre as part of an Australian government-funded A$70 million upgrade. When Setonix is fully operational later this year it will be up to 30 times more powerful than two earlier systems combined. This will allow faster processing of the vast amounts of data coming in from projects Pawsey supports in partnership with industry and academia, from astronomy and medicine to geoscience and agriculture.

Hysata team at its base in Wollongong. Credit: reneweconomy.com.au

Investors fuel breakthrough hydrogen technology

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8 Aug 2022

Australian technology startup Hysata is a step closer to delivering the world’s lowest-cost green hydrogen after raising more than A$42 million to fund its expansion and build a pilot manufacturing plant. The company has attracted global interest in its transformative electrolyser technology, which it says will significantly improve the efficiency of producing green hydrogen and will “move the needle” for multiple industries looking to replace fossil fuels. Investors include global wind turbine maker Vestas, Australian heavyweight BlueScope Steel and UK climate tech fund Kiko Ventures.

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CSIRO shines with revolutionary solar cells

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5 Aug 2022

Australia’s national science agency CSIRO is developing environmentally friendly mass-produced solar cells that could revolutionise the industry and create new opportunities for Australian businesses. Using organic materials instead of silicon to make photovoltaic solar cells, CSIRO’s world-leading work means the next generation of solar panels will be lighter, more flexible and attractive and – importantly – cheaper. For local manufacturers, the low barrier to entry of this technology will enable them to create new markets, add value to existing markets and generate jobs.

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Australia helps researchers build commercialisation skills

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2 Aug 2022

Australia’s national science agency CSIRO has announced the return of the ON Program which helps researchers engage with business to commercialise their ideas. Established in 2015, the program has supported more than 3000 people from 52 research organisations turn their ideas into real-world solutions. This year the program offers ON Prime, focused on understanding customer needs, and ON Accelerate, a full-time structured innovation accelerator. The Australian Government funds the program, which is free for publicly funded research teams.  

 
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Electronics 3D printing company expands to Australia

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1 Aug 2022

Innovative Nasdaq-listed Israeli scaleup Nano Dimension has opened its first office and 3D printing technology lab in Australia. The company’s technology can be used to design and manufacture electronic devices that cannot be made with traditional manufacturing processes. It will be based at a new tech hub for scaleups in Sydney, which also serves as a landing pad for international businesses entering the Australian market.

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Antimony: a critical opportunity in Australia

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1 Aug 2022

Australia has the opportunity to play a leading role in the global supply of a critical mineral called antimony – a key component in high-tech devices such as smartphones, cars and computers and widely used for defence equipment due to its fire-retardant and anti-corrosion properties. While modern economies all rely on this little-known but vital metalloid, supplies are largely dependent on the two biggest producers, China and Russia. With Australia having the fourth-largest reserves of antimony in the world, industry experts point to the enormous potential for stepping up production here and bolstering global supply security.

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Thumper trucks unlock Australia’s deep secrets

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28 Jul 2022

A detailed geological survey that uses ultrasound-style technology is taking the guesswork out of potential resource riches that lie deep beneath Australia’s surface. Part of the government’s A$225 million Exploring for the Future program, the project involves a convoy of ‘thumper trucks’ fitted with vibrating plates that send seismic waves into the ground to create images of the rocks below. The trucks are currently moving slowly through south-eastern Australia, collecting data that will enable companies to target their search for in-demand critical minerals and metals.

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Sydney students announced as world rocket engineering champions

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26 Jul 2022

An Australian university team has beaten 97 other student teams from around the globe to secure the 2022 Spaceport America Cup.The University of Sydney Rocketry Team was named overall winner after placing first in three categories – including for the launch of their 30,000 feet commercial-off-the-shelf rocket, Bluewren. In another category they were placed first for their design of an innovative solution to the growing problem of space junk.

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CSIRO to develop world’s best defence respirator

  • Media release
26 Jul 2022

An innovative Australian partnership is developing the world’s most advanced respirator to combat chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear contaminants. Using metal organic material and cutting-edge technology, the protective equipment will also reduce exposure to toxic industrial chemicals. With funding through a A$640 million government innovation program, the project will see national science agency CSIRO working with two SMEs – chemical manufacturing business Boron Molecular and defence technology provider EPE Trusted to Protect – along with one of Australia’s world-leading research institutions, Monash University.

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