Hunter Valley Restech facility opened

RESTECH, a joint venture between Ampcontrol and the University of Newcastle that aims to develop and commercialise cutting-edge solutions for mining, has opened.
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Federal industry minister Ed Husic (centre) at the Restech opening.

The facility, at University of Newcastle's industrial-focused Callaghan Campus, also gives engineering students wanting to work with industry on real-world challenges.

Restech has 24 dedicated research and development engineers including students.

Throughout 2023 there have been 16 university students undertaking industrial student placements and 16 final year projects being completed through Restech.

From standalone power systems designed to replace the traditional "poles and wires" grid connections to a world-first battery-electric vehicle to support the electrification of mining operations, Restech uses design thinking to solve energy problems.

University of Newcastle vice-chancellor Alex Zelinsky said the university was partnering with industry to support students and the region in the clean energy transition.

"Our university has worked with Ampcontrol over a number of years and Restech is the result of our strong partnership," he said.

Ampcontrol managing director and chief executive officer Rod Henderson said the engineering smarts and advanced manufacturing capability of Ampcontrol through Restech would contribute great value to finding innovative solutions to decarbonise.

"Collaborating with the best will help us deliver innovation that can transform the world," Henderson said.

He said the facility was providing real-world solutions to support the energy transition both in the Hunter and beyond.