Archived News for Engineering Professionals - February, 2020
Bight drill plans ditched
Equinor has become the third major fossil fuel producer to scrap plans to drill for oil in the Great Australian Bight.
Mangrove tapped for new tech
Researchers are looking to steal the water-purifying ability of mangrove trees.
Patents pass for new fusion
Australian engineers have secured patents for a new kind of fusion energy generator.
Soft robots gentle on jellies
Engineers have created a soft-fingered robot to gently handle jellyfish.
AI trained on antibiotics
An artificial intelligence system has identified a powerful new drug for antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
Collinsville coal questioned
A leading economist has warned a proposed coal-fired power station could leave taxpayers exposed.
Green plane deal for SA
An Adelaide company is planning to be Australia’s first manufacturer of electric aircraft, having signed an agreement with a European designer.
New claims of $3b rort
New claims have emerged in what could be the Morrison Government’s biggest rort yet.
New funds for cut-off communities
Progressive firms have announced plans to provide standalone solar and battery storage systems for victims of bushfires and storms.
Push to put eyes on air
With environmental risks on the rise, experts are calling for a new air pollution monitoring body.
Rio goes for cheap new power
Rio Tinto says a large solar farm will feed its new iron ore mine in Western Australia's Pilbara region.
Engineers work on solar skin
Queensland researchers are working on solar power technology that can be used as a flexible ‘skin’ over hard surfaces.
Feds offer COVID-19 funds
Australian researchers have been offered $2 million in federal funds for COVID-19 research.
Shruder shredders funded
The Federal Government has funded a giant plastic-shredder to help clean up polluted oceans.
Tech response expected
The Prime Minister may adopt a technology investment target to avoid zero greenhouse gas targets.
Building Code reforms proposed
The Federal Government is looking for ways to improve the operation of the Building Code.
GM scraps Holden
US firm General Motors has announced it will axe its Holden brand by the end of the year.
Pipe breaks modelled
Modelling suggests a cost-effective and practical method can be used to protect underground pipelines.
Capacity boost called
Authorities have called for ‘critical’ funding to increase the capacity of an interstate energy transmission corridor.