Tech Zero

Tech Zero

How will we get to net zero? Meet the entrepreneurs leading the charge into the new industrial revolution. Empires will crumble. Fortunes will be made.

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November 13, 2022 24 mins

An Australian scientist reckons he can break green hydrogen's addiction to renewable energy and the world's biggest hydrogen bull has got onboard.

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Meet the scientists working to secure a place for coal in a net zero world.

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October 30, 2022 33 mins

Electric motors and biofuels are competing for primacy as the aviation sector tries to decarbonise. We talk to those on the front line of both camps.

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Brick Lane's head brewer Jon Seltin reckons climate change is already changing the taste of beer, and amid a craft brewing boom he’s determined not to add to the problem.

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Centuries after colonial powers sailed the seven seas on nothing but wind, big corporates like BHP are pushing a wind renaissance through the shipping industry.

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October 9, 2022 30 mins

When Vince Allen decided to quit his PhD into a disruptive type of solar cell, it might have been the best business decision he ever made. Now his solar startup, Sundrive boasts rich-listers like Mike Cannon-Brookes onto its share register.

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Meet the team at University of Sydney’s chemistry school, whose revolutionary powder sucks carbon straight out of the air.

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September 25, 2022 24 mins

Multinational energy companies are pumping money into Raygen, John Lasich’s company, which uses thousands of mirrors, satellite grade solar panels and big dams full of water to make the Mildura sunshine available after dark.

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September 18, 2022 1 min

From Monday September 26, the Tech Zero podcast is back with eight new episodes profiling the big green ideas that could get us to net zero, and the people who are risking everything to make them work.

This season's program includes direct air capture, concentrated solar, carbon free beer, electric plane travel and more. 

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Meet the 73-year-old Australian scientist who's developed a special kiln that he reckons will solve Australia's iron ore emissions problems and deliver green iron.

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A tsunami of lithium ion batteries will need to be recycled in the decades ahead to ensure the world has enough critical minerals for the energy transition. And big electric vehicle manufacturers like Mercedes-Benz are turning to an Australian to show them the way.

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The world's first power station that runs on waste oat husks will get you thinking about the untapped potential in your household food scraps.

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  • Porridge power is the latest innovation to burnish South Australia’s reputation for being at the cutting edge of the global energy transition.

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June 22, 2022 25 mins

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  • When Samantha Langley realised that the tailings dam at BHP’s Nickel West mine could be a carbon sink, she could not have imagined it potentially offsetting all the company’s mining operations.
  • The Clean Energy Regulator is considering making mine wastes eligible for carbon credits as BHP says one dam could offset its iron ore and nickel mines.

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June 15, 2022 25 mins

Meet the Dutch entrepreneur behind the cut price solar revolution that's caught the attention of an Australian mining titan.

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  • The machines were about to be sold as scrap metal when Rombout Swanborn stepped in to save a factory that might hold the key to Australia’s hopes of becoming an ultra-low-cost solar manufacturer and breaking China’s stranglehold on the industry.

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June 8, 2022 26 mins

Joanne Howarth wants to fleece the polystyrene packaging industry. The Sydney entrepreneur is on a mission to replace those annoyingly-everywhere beads and other squeaky packing material made from oil or methane with something more environment-friendly: wool. Natural health company Blackmores is among the companies interested in the idea.

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May 26, 2022 2 mins

How will we get to net zero? Australian Financial Review's reporter Peter Ker meets the entrepreneurs leading the charge into the new industrial revolution. Empires will crumble. Fortunes will be made. Episode one drops 6am AEST Thursday June 9.

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