As the world’s largest iron ore producer, Australia has a major role in transitioning steelmaking from around 7 per cent of global emissions to a net-zero emissions industry; what progress are we making towards ‘green’ steel? FRAN MOLLOY explores
Reducing emissions from iron
Increased scrutiny over greenhouse gas emissions in iron and steel production have prompted all parties involved in its value chain to invest significant resources into reducing their carbon footprint. ROBERT HOBSON reports
Hydrogen powered mining
Hydrogen has risen to dizzy heights in recent years as a promising zero-carbon fuel across the world, and although many hydrogen energy systems are in the demonstration phase, the mining sector is set to be an early adopter. FRAN MOLLOY reports
Zero entry digital mining
Could tomorrow’s mines be completely automated, with no humans underground? Will we soon be able to track minerals throughout the value chain, from extraction point to consumption and even to recycling? CSIRO’s Digital Mine experts weigh in on the future of mining. FRAN MOLLOY reports
The new gold standard in assays
Chrysos™ PhotonAssay, a fast, accurate and environmentally friendly technology to detect and analyse gold samples, is a boon to the global mining industry. Located in South Australia, Chrysos is also creating a boon in new job opportunities in the state, writes JANE NICHOLLS
New indicator minerals in the nickel hunt
Finding the next Kambalda, home of Australia’s sulfide nickel mining industry, will be a lot harder than the original discovery, but to aid the process a new indicator mineral exploration technique is emerging from CSIRO research. TIM TREADGOLD reports
Using microbes to mine metals from e-waste
Whether it’s rare earths used in new renewable power and energy storage technologies, certain metals are critical in the transition to a high-tech, low carbon economy. Biomining could help Australia reclaim some of these. MARY-LOU CONSIDINE explores
The exploration toolkit
Drilling allows us to delve deep below the surface and extract rock samples. But simple visual inspection does not reveal the full spectrum of information that rock samples can provide. ADAM COURTENAY reports
Quantum computing and mining
It is widely agreed that whoever develops the quantum computer will change the world but, as Australia eyes a place in the coming Quantum 2.0, the country wields a tool that has already changed mining worldwide. TIMOTHY CONNELL writes
Future Science Platforms
Future Science Platforms are critical to turn Australia’s future challenges into opportunities to invent a better future for us all.
Developing verifiable, scalable, cost-effective, fast and long-lasting carbon removal solutions.
Deep Earth Imaging
Imaging, conceptualising and predicting location and character of the Earth’s deep resources.
Building capability and expertise to play a key role in the quantum technology industry.
Ensuring socially and ethically responsible science and technology is designed and delivered for the benefit of all Australians.
Revolutionary Energy Storage Systems
New systems to meet future energy needs safely, efficiently and sustainably.
Commercialisation in action
Chrysos, NextOre and Lasc ExScan are three commercialisation success stories emerging from our portfolio of our mineral resources research and technology development
NextOre giving miners superpower vision to analyse ore
How decades of CSIRO research led to the creation of a world-leading mining innovation company whose technology is making processes more precise, profitable and sustainable. By JANE NICHOLLS
CSIRO technology to help global landmine clearing efforts
CSIRO and corporate advisor RFC Ambrian have developed accurate, cost-effective landmine detection technology which has the capacity to save thousands of lives.
Pyrochar and CSIRO collaborate to decarbonise steelmaking
Pyrochar has announced the successful acquisition of an exclusive global license agreement with CSIRO for an innovative technology that has the potential to decarbonise the steel production industry.
MagSonic slashing emissions at the speed of sound
A remarkable new CSIRO-designed magnesium refining process that slashes both energy use and high-polluting additives, could see Australia nab 10 per cent of global market share for this in-demand metal. FRAN MOLLOY reports