The Minister for Industry and Science Ed Husic has visited the University of Newcastle to officially open a new ResTech facility, a joint partnership with electrical engineering manufacturer Ampcontrol at the industrial-focused Callaghan Campus.
The partnership aims to accelerate the development and commercialisation of new cutting-edge technology and solutions for the energy, infrastructure, and resources industries.
With more than 40 people located on campus, ResTech allows for maximal interaction between staff and students with cutting-edge industry partners, according to an announcement.
An accredited Research Service Provider, ResTech also provides opportunities for engineering students to work with industry on real-world challenges.
Ampcontrol Managing Director & CEO Rod Henderson said: “ResTech brings together two entities who are united in their goal to deliver energy solutions which will help make global net zero a reality.
“The engineering smarts and advanced manufacturing capability of Ampcontrol through ResTech will contribute great value to finding innovative solutions to decarbonise.”
The scope of research ranges from stand-alone power systems designed to replace the traditional ‘poles and wires’ grid connections, to battery electrical vehicle innovation to support the electrification of mining operations.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Alex Zelinsky said: “Our University has worked with Ampcontrol over a number of years and ResTech is the result of our strong partnership.
“We are absolutely committed to our regions and are perfectly positioned to provide the industry partnerships, workforce facilities, leading researchers, and technology expertise to help with the transition and innovation of industries across the Hunter,.”
Husic met with students including Tiana Leck, Research & Development Engineer at ResTech who is in her final year of Bachelor of Medical and Mechatronics Engineering.
Her showcased project builds critical technology for home Wind Energy Collection, moving closer to allowing people to install their own portable and affordable renewable energy systems.
ResTech has 24 dedicated research & development engineers, including students.
Pictured L-R: Prof. Alex Zelinsky AO, University of Newcastle Vice Chancellor and President; Rod Henderson, Ampcontrol Managing Director and CEO; Hon. Ed Husic MP, Minister for Industry and Science; Sharon Claydon MP, Federal Member for Newcastle; Hon. Pat Conroy MP, Minister for Defence Industry; Minister for International Development and the Pacific; and Member for Shortland.
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