Manufacturing
Stephanie Moroz
3D Nanostructured Materials CEO, Nano-Nouvelle
Engineering Physics, University of British Columbia

Stephanie Moroz is working on tin-based anodes for lithium-ion batteries. Nano-Nouvelle has developed a 3D nano-porous conductive membrane that can boost the energy storage capacity of lithium-ion batteries by as much as 50%. Most of the current work is focusing on changing the active particles and trying to get them to bind better to the foil. Moroz is attacking the problem from a different angle.

“Our material, coated with copper, replaces the foil,” she says. “Instead of having the  at foil we have this porous, high surface area.”

Rather than having the current collector placed next to the active material, the Tin Nanode is throughout the active material. The current collector has far greater surface-area contact with the active material, offering new effciencies.

“Instead of having the flat foil we have this porous, high surface area.”

The company was selected as one of the 2016 Top 50 Tech Pioneers in Australia and New Zealand.

Damien Balachandran
Guardian by Seeing Machines Hardware Engineer, Seeing Machines
BE (Mech/Manuf), Australian National University

Guardian was developed to address operator fatigue in transport environments. It uses a camera mounted on the dashboard in a minimalist enclosure so is non-intrusive.

It is illuminated by infrared light, guaranteeing effective protection in day or night driving conditions.

It works on any driver without calibration, allowing them to drive their vehicles without any hassles. It can reduce fatigue events by up to 80% and saves lives through prevention and protection.

Cliff Green
Green Bullet Principal, Geng Pty Ltd
BE (Mech), University of Western Australia

The Green Bullet is a lead-free, 5.56 mm military and law enforcement bullet suitable for indoor live fi re training, and subsonic operational use in close quarter combat situations where it can minimise damage to high-value facilities and third party personnel. It is tailored for M4/M16 weapons. Its inventor, Cliff Green says it is the only bullet in the world to fully satisfy these requirements. The bullet uses a tungsten and polyethylene powder mix encased in a copper jacket with a plastic tip. The tip acts mostly as a fracture initiator so that the bullet breaks up on the first thing that it hits, thus limiting damage to secondary personnel.

Michael Chen
Makinex Powered Hand Truck Production Manager, Makinex
BE (Mech), University of Technology, Sydney

The Powered Hand Truck is a universal materials handling solution that enables one person to safely lift and load or unload small equipment or bulky awkward items onto the back of utility vehicles, vans, trucks and elevated platforms.

It provides a quick and easy alternative to using a forklift or tailgate loader for small loads. Being light and easy to transport, it is a versatile tool for the yard, warehouse, workshops, factories, depots and distribution companies.

The design enables oneperson operation, eliminating awkward and dangerous one- or two-person li s and reducing the incidence of back and other injuries caused by heavy lifting.

Michael Chen designed the product and is involved in manufacture and quality control. He describes it as “an alternative, safe and easy solution for the materials handling industry, as well as reduced back injuries in the workplace”.

This product has been rolled out across the network in Kennards Hire, where there has been a 35% reduction in back injuries in 2015 from manual handling.

“The design enables one-person operation, eliminating dangerous one- or two person lifts.”

Berkay Dincel
275mm Dincel Engineer, Dincel Construction System
BE (Struct), University of Technology, Sydney

275 mm Dincel aims to overcome a number of the drawbacks of Portland Cement Concrete: cost-time-safety effcient formwork, durability/longevity against concrete  cancer/corrosion, the need for steel reinforcement for brittleness, ductility, crack control and flexural strength.

Using polymer reinforcement in lieu of conventional reinforced steel bar, the innovation is providing the inner ring allowing the use of high slump concrete. This concrete sets at the panel joints and with the assistance of autogenous healing, 275 mm Dincel wall achieves waterproofi ng. The lightweight panels feature an ergonomically-designed, ‘snap together’ module system.

Don Pulver
THE HYBRID WAY OF THE FUTURE Development Engineer, Eniquest
BE (Elec), University of NSW

Eniquest’s Hybrid Power Plants generate continuous power by combining solar energy with smart system controlled generators to provide a low cost remote area power solution 24/7. They are powering Origin Energy’s remote LNG gas telecommunication towers, BHP remote weather stations and isolated homeowners. Origin and BHP have been able to cut generator run-time by 95% and burning of fossil fuels by 97%.

The systems are connected up with AKCP units that allow remote monitoring to constantly provide live data and history for the operation of the units. And fewer site visits are needed for the local landowners.

”The systems are connected up with AKCP units that allow remote monitoring.”

Don Pulver is the brains and manufacturing manager behind the plants. His idea was to engineer a solar hybrid package using the latest effcient technology in power storage, solar generation and diesel generation.