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METS Ignited has completed another research capability workshop shining a light on Australia’s world-leading minerals research.

Renowned for its METS capability, the Hunter Valley is on the cusp of leveraging the next mining boom to supply the critical minerals needed to meet the demands of the clean energy transition.

Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (NIER), located on the doorstep of the Hunter Valley, hosted METS Ignited in our workshop series uncovering outstanding Australian research.

Executive Director of NIER, Professor Alan Broadfoot explained, “NIER facilitates multidisciplinary problem solving and access to large-scale specialised research infrastructure to help realise market-ready solutions.

Ore is not simply ore. There are many variations of different minerals requiring different processing technologies.

As the vital link between academia and industry, NIER activates collaboration and collective capacity to underpin research translation,” said Alan.

The workshop involved leading researchers from NIER’s Centre for Bulk Solids and Particulate Technologies presenting informative and compelling research tech talks on their work.

Leading this research opportunities initiative, METS Ignited National Leader for Skills & Innovation, Kylah Morrison has been working with multiple Australian research organisations to uncover Australia’s best kept secrets in research innovation.

Thank you to NIER for hosting us, and showcasing the incredible industrial capability across its facilities,” Kylah said.

This workshop was a fantastic demonstration of collaboratively identifying research that has the potential to enter the market at this exciting time!

The strong industry links with end-users of the research technology, as well as translation partners – in this case predominantly international METS companies – was evident as a clear success factor for the research institute,” Kylah said.

METS Ignited CEO Adrian Beer acknowledged the critically important role of NIER and other research institutions in delivering the innovation required for a clean energy transition.

The capability of Australian researchers to deliver impact for our local economy is impressive. I’m continually amazed by the research undertaken right here in our own backyard, We have the benefit of decades of sustained investment by industry in our local research, creating world-leading outcomes” Beer said.

At NIER, researchers are working with industry partners to solve some of the most important resource challenges the world faces. Their transformational solutions are helping improve environmental, social and economic outcomes across the critical sectors of energy, resources, food and water.

To find out more about NIER and their research visit their website: Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources, Australia.