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Ultra-High-Power Lasers (UHPL) are the lynchpin of a rapidly emerging industry, the impact of which will span clean fusion energy, advanced manufacturing and defence capability, currently in high demand. UHPL were also a focal point at the Official Launch of ‘The Capability Papers’ at Old Parliament House in Canberra last week at which an industry panel discussed one of Australia’s main opportunities to diversify and transform Australia’s industry and economy.

HB11 Energy’s Dr. Warren McKenzie was part of that panel, led by Adrian Beer from METS Ignited (Chair). Other panelists included Frank Yao, developing manufacturing technology for Innofocus Photonics Technology and the University of Adelaide’s Directed Energy ‘guru’, Miftar Ganija.

Read HB11 Energy’s case for how Australia could leverage its existing $5.4B photonics industry to claim its stake: Turning laser leadership into fusion power


The Capability Papers is an 80-page tabloid-sized newspaper filled with position papers from leading experts from industry and academia putting forward ideas to help build Australian technology and industrial capability.

The papers were formally launched at a special Capability Papers morning forum and luncheon at Old Parliament House on last Thursday, October 19.

The Capability Papers forum brought together the authors of these papers to present their ideas to building domestic capability and new industries for Australia.

The forum attracted a unique gathering – a high-calibre crowd of government executives, domain experts, venture capitalists and entrepreneurs. This was a one-of-a-kind event that put Australia’s industrial policy goals under a microscope.

This project poses the questions: Where does Australia have existing world leading capability? Where do we have an existing competitive advantage? Where do we need to develop a strategic domestic industrial capability?

And given that we can’t do everything – where should Australia focus its energy and attention to best meet our strategic and industrial needs.