Archived News for Engineering Professionals - March, 2020
New South Wales has allowed a coal mining extension under Sydney's Woronora water reservoir.
Big wage subsidy coming
The Federal Government’s new $130 billion JobKeeper wage subsidy plan has been fairly well received.
AEMO issues VPP report
The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) has released a report on its Virtual Power Plant (VPP) Demonstration.
FIRB preps for big sweep
The Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) is preparing for Chinese companies to buy up distressed Australian assets.
Green power risks studied
A new study looks at renewable energy facilities in areas of environmental significance, which could threaten natural habitats.
New pumped hydro coming
Approval has been granted for what could be Australia’s first pumped hydro project in 40 years.
New soft-bot on scalable frame
Engineers have created a new, shape-changing, free-roaming soft robot to work alongside humans.
Skyrmions scoped for new data
Australian researchers are looking at strangely-shaped magnetic fields as a new way to store data.
CCS checked for QLD
A new study suggests carbon capture and storage (CCS) could be a real option for Queensland.
Expert eyes on oldest stars
A cutting-edge team has been formed to search for the oldest stars and galaxies in our universe.
WMO wants green goals retained
Experts say the global COVID-19 shutdown should not be an excuse to stop climate action.
Airlines in bailout stoush
Virgin Australia wants the ACCC to investigate claims by Qantas about potential bailouts.
Audit inspects failed rail
Victoria's Auditor-General says the state's handling of a big rail upgrade has been “deficient” and “inadequate”.
Firm spruiks big gold find
A West Australian gold mining company says it may have made the Pilbara’s largest discovery ever.
Adani appears set to expand
Leaked information suggests Adani is planning a bigger Queensland coal mine than it has publicly stated.
Dust exposure re-assessed
New analysis suggests coal miners are being exposed to more harmful dust than previously believed.
Regulator claims questioned
Victoria’s energy safety regulator lacks independence, according to a former senior executive.
Victoria allows exploration
Victoria is lifting a ban on onshore gas exploration, but says it will not allow fracking.
Happy accident solves old issue
A mishap during an experiment has cracked a 58-year-old quantum physics puzzle.