Australian innovation is solving today's challenges, while underpinning strategic programs to unlock future value in the mineral resources industry.
Solutions for challenges of all sizes
As Australia’s most trusted publically-funded research agency, CSIRO brings together multi-disciplinary experts to deliver R&D solutions in a range of different ways to benefit the mineral resources industry.
Firing up phosphate production
A new smelting process for phosphate ores could open up the world’s lower grade reserves, while solving the industry’s waste problem. The solution has been licensed to an Australian company with plans to take it to the global market.
A new innovation fund is investing in start-up and spin-off companies born out of the public research sector that have potentially life-changing, high-yielding ideas. There are already four in the bank.
Keeping pace with rapid technological change and disruption is an emerging challenge that the mineral resources industry and research sector need to pay attention to.
Towards sustainable growth
A valuable knowledge base is helping the policy and business community understand how global material flows and impacts on economies. It aims to help balance economic growth with better environmental outcomes and show how countries are tracking against sustainability targets.
Adding depth to mapping
A detailed 3D map revealing rock type has been achieved for eight-times deeper below the surface than was previously possible, enabling Marindi Metals to better target its drilling program.
An important education program aims to increase Indigenous Australian participation and diversity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics studies and professions. LOUIS WHITE reports
The power of good connections
Power-intensive industries at home and abroad are working with CSIRO on improving electrical connections to cut their energy use, operating costs and carbon emissions.
Smarter, faster surveys
The region home to the well-known, yet mysterious Coompana magnetic anomaly was the testing ground for a recently-completed “smart sampling” trial that saw an area twice the size of Melbourne surveyed in just one week.