What’s the Big Deal About Hydrogen?

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What’s the Big Deal About Hydrogen?

20th Sep 2022

We use energy for so many things – from the bus ride to school or work to cooking popcorn in the microwave, we use energy every day, all the time. In Australia, we predominantly use traditional sources of energy but are increasingly looking to more sustainable sources to add into the energy mix.

Enter hydrogen!

Power generation in Australia today largely uses thermal coal and gas, along with renewable resources like wind and solar. Sometimes, renewable energy sources are not able to meet the electricity demand when and where it is required. Hydrogen has the potential to solve this problem.

Hydrogen comes in a range of different colour classifications but in Australia three are used: grey, blue, and green.

Grey – produced through steam methane reforming. This involves a two-step process that combines steam and natural gas to produce hydrogen. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is produced in this process.

Blue – similar to grey hydrogen, is made from natural gas using steam methane reforming but instead of releasing the carbon dioxide produced, some of it is captured and stored. It is not possible to capture all the carbon dioxide produced but the carbon footprint is lowered.

Green – the most sustainable form of hydrogen production is the electrolysis of water. Renewable electricity is used to power an electrolyser. This splits water into hydrogen and oxygen gas. Hydrogen produced this way is classified as green hydrogen as no CO2 emissions are produced, leaving only oxygen behind.

Australia’s resources industry is working hard to make energy production more sustainable and hydrogen is just one way they are doing it.

Learn more about hydrogen in the video below, or take a look at all of our hydrogen resources.

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How Interactives Help Engage Students

12th Sep 2022

It’s pretty common knowledge that humans learn best by getting hands on, rather than through abstract ideas and theories alone. With growing technology, the classroom is seeing a revolution in how students can learn and interactive elements are becoming the norm.

Gamification

With technology evolving at a rapid pace, the classroom is more sophisticated than ever before. Gamification has been heralded as a great way to engage and teach for many years but today’s technology makes it easier than ever before. Gamification doesn’t mean it must be a “game” but rather making learning more fun through game-like mechanics, such as challenges, goals and rewards, storytelling, and visuals. Interactives are one way to “gamify” learning.

Learning by doing

Interactives are just that: interactive. This means, rather than just reading and writing, students learn by engaging with the subject matter. Whether this be looking at a fictional city and seeing how different jobs help it run smoothly, or a virtual home, where students can see how hundreds of things are powered by different kinds of energy, interactive learning allows students to get hands-on knowledge, which in turn can help with making the subject matter more interesting and easier to understand.

Engaging through fun

We all love to have fun and making learning fun creates more engaged students. Along the same lines as gamifying learning, interactive materials can make topics that may not be as engaging usually, more interesting for students to consume.

If you aren’t using interactives in your classroom or home, what are you waiting for? We have lots of fun interactive teaching resources and learning tools around mining, minerals, energy, and much more – check them out today.

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Different Engineering Jobs Your Students Could Do in the Future

16th Jun 2022

Engineering is a hugely popular career path, not only for the diverse specialisations and industries but also for the many opportunities for career growth across the country and around the world. Engineering is all around us, and there are lots of options for budding engineers. Check out some of the most common engineering jobs below:

Civil Engineer

A career in civil engineering covers many areas and industries, from renewable energy to mining and everything in between. Civil engineers plan, design, construct, operate and maintain roads, bridges, dams, water supply schemes, sewerage systems, transportation, harbours, canals, dockyards, airports, railways, factories and large buildings – it’s a long list! For those who enjoy maths and problem solving on a large scale, this could be the ideal pathway

Mechanical Engineer

It’s kind of in the name, but mechanical engineers deal with all things mechanical! They plan, design and oversee the development, installation, operation and maintenance of machinery. For those with an interest in gears, motors, and moving parts, or upgrading items through modifications, mechanical engineering could be a great option.

Mining Engineer

Mining is one of the biggest industries in Australia, with lots of opportunity wherever you live in Australia or around the world! Planning and directing the extraction of mineral resources from the earth, the role entails finding the best way to extract resources from the earth that are used in nearly everything we use from the smallest mobile device to the largest structure. For those who love maths, problem solving, and working in teams this could be a great opportunity.

Geotechnical Engineer

Often working in the same field as mining engineering but more specialised, geotechnical engineering involves ensuring geotechnical activities are conducted safely to create a safe working environment for employees and contractors, ensuring company standards are maintained and government legislation is strictly adhered to. The role uses a wide range of skills, in both the engineering and earth sciences, fields. A knack for problem solving and mathematics is a good start for this pathway.,

Chemical Engineer

After sourcing minerals and raw materials, the next step is turning them into something usable, and this is where a chemical engineer comes in. They design and coordinate the construction and operation of manufacturing facilities and processes to create everyday products like petrol, plastics, and even toothpaste! For those who like chemistry enjoy practical and creative tasks, and problem solving this is an ideal career pathway. .

Getting lots of questions about a career in engineering? The options are endless! Have a look at our Careers interactive to see the industries connected to different engineering roles, as well as real people working in the roles across Australia.

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Pointing the way. Using new indicator minerals in the nickel hunt

26th Jul 2021

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.

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Preparing the face of future mining

11th Jun 2021

Deloitte’s top 10 trends for 2021 have highlighted the mining sector’s commitment to continual improvement and in laying a foundation for tomorrow. Decarbonisation and zero harm are two of this year’s discussion points in the annual Tracking the Trends report.

Decarbonisation is established as a hot topic in the mining sector, but the trend is set to culminate in a greater way over the next two to three years.

Deloitte Australia’s mining and metals leader Ian Sanders believes the sector is at an inflection point, where the image of mining has significantly improved over 2020 and is set to continue to be a real focus.

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A bright future for Australian energy, technology and expertise

12th May 2021

In the second of a series of opinion pieces from Science meets Parliament sponsors, Professor Paul Mulvaney, Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science, discusses how to extend Australia’s renewable energy generation capability, create jobs and deliver better results for businesses and energy consumers.

‘Our land abounds with nature’s gifts, of beauty rich and rare’. As we progress further into an exciting but uncertain 21st century, those words ring more truly now than ever before.’

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New study backs green hydrogen production

22nd Apr 2021

The import of renewable energy is both technically and economically feasible, according to a new study from the hydrogen import coalition.

The coalition, comprising DEME, Engie, Exmar, Fluxys, Port of Antwerp, Port of Zeebrugge and WaterstofNet, has now completed a large-scale industrial study mapping out the financial, technical and regulatory aspects of the entire hydrogen import chain.

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New basalt type discovered beneath the ocean

30th Mar 2021

A new type of rock created during large and exceptionally hot volcanic eruptions has been discovered beneath the Pacific Ocean.

An international team of researchers including the University of Leeds unearthed the previously unknown form of basalt after drilling through the Pacific ocean floor.

The discovery suggests that ocean floor eruptions sourced in the Earth’s mantle were even hotter and more voluminous than previously thought. Report co-author is Dr Ivan Savov, of Leeds’ Institute of Geophysics and Tectonics, in the university’s School of Earth and Environment.

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Hobart’s library of rocks holds crucial value to the future of Tasmania’s mineral landscape.

02nd Feb 2021

The Mornington Core library on Tasmania’s eastern shore has geology samples that are more than a century old. It has given the ability for mine operators to gather insights on the geology of particular regions without extreme costs.

Mineral Resources Australia is looking to upgrade its current facilities to make it easier for stakeholders to have access to samples. Samples are also being used by PHD students at the University of Tasmania analysing core samples to find if they possibly contain cobalt.

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UQ Scientists discover a new way to date rocks

18th Dec 2020

According to scientists at the University of Queensland there’s a new way to date ticks which involves using a state-of-the-art instrument. A silicate mineral known as ‘garnet’ lead to the understanding of accumulation of precious metals such as gold, copper, lead zinc, silver, and uranium.

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