Industry & Resources

VolcanoA TEAM of Perth researchers is causing a major rethink on geological history after a study showed major iron formations in Australia, about 1.8 billion to 1.9 billion years old, were synchronous with those found in North America.

Rock robotCOLLISION avoidance technology and remote control programming have led to an award-winning mining system being developed in WA.

windmill albanyGIVEN Chinese supply restrictions and increasing future demand, WA is well positioned on Rare Earth Oxides (REOs).

frackingTHE ongoing debate on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has gotten more interesting with Environment Minister Bill Marmion’s decision to allow the controversial technique to go ahead in WA.

CCSTHE Cooperative Research Centre for Greenhouse Gas Technologies (CO2CRC) – one of the world's leading collaborative research organisations focusing on carbon capture and storage (CCS) – has successfully completed a second stage of research at the Otway Project in Southwest Victoria, which focused on CO2 storage in saline formations (deep porous rocks that contain water).

Solar_panelsRESIDENTS of Carnarvon will soon have their homes and workplaces powered by the energy of the sun, following the completion of a new solar power station.

Perth_TwilightAS the global population exceeds 7 billion, leading sustainability researchers from the Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute (CUSP) suggest that urban population growth may be the key to making Australian cities more sustainable.

Regolith1THE WA ASTER (Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection) map was recently released by the Centre of Excellence for 3D Mineral Mapping (C3DMM) and marks a milestone in mineral exploration putting WA at the forefront of geosciences.

opal_2_largeAS the Gillard Government thrusts nuclear energy back onto the national agenda, a group of Curtin researchers are looking to temper the highly polarising subject with objective science.

Mining_Conveyor_BeltAN ingenious electronic sensor which monitors the condition of rollers in conveyor belts used by the mining industry has won the overall 2011 WA Innovator of the Year award.