Federal Government invests $100m in green research projects

The government has backed two cooperative research projects, to look at solutions for a clean energy transition in heavy industry and developments in the growing marine bi-products sector.
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Two South Australian-headquartered research projects will share in a $100 million Federal Government investment into the low-carbon transition of heavy industries.  

Funding of $39 million will see the establishment of the Heavy Industry Low-carbon Transition Cooperative Research Centre (HILT CRC), to be led by the University of Adelaide. The remaining $59 million will be used to create the Marine Bioproducts Cooperative Research Centre (MB-CRC), a project led by Flinders University. 

MB-CRC will work to produce valuable and sustainable marine-sourced bio-products for use in many different markets such as health or agriculture.  

The HILT CRC project will look at the integration of green energy sources, like hydrogen, ammonia and solar into the manufacturing processes for products like steel aluminum and cement. In addition to government investment, HILT CRC is backed by research and industry partners with funding totaling $175.7 million.  

The HILT CRC leadership team is headed by Trish White AM as interim Chief Executive, who is also Board Chair at Engineers Australia. Gus Nathan FIEAust is Research Director for the project and Maziar Arjomandi FIEAust has taken up the role of Education Director.  

Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Christian Porter said the CRC would help to secure the future of heavy industries right across the country by helping them to lower costs and establish a reputation as exporters of high-quality, low-carbon, value-added products. 

“In order to remain internationally competitive, it is crucial that our heavy industries begin the transition to lower cost and cleaner energy technology to secure the long-term future of their operations,” Porter said. 

“By connecting those industries with our best and brightest minds from within our major research institutions - coupled with the significant funding that’s now available to fast-track this work - we expect real-world solutions can be delivered within the 10-year life of the CRC.” 

Federal Finance Minister and Senator for South Australia, Simon Birmingham, said the potential for growth in the bioproducts sector was enormous, especially as demand for cleaner and more sustainable products such as bioplastics continued to increase domestically and internationally. 

“Whether it’s plastics, steel or aluminium, the world is demanding cleaner and greener products, which is why we will continue to back technology-driven solutions that will transition Australia into a lower carbon economy,” Birmingham said.