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We were so excited to host the Hon Lily D’Ambrosio Minister for Energy & Resources at Austeng yesterday morning (29/03/23) at our hydrogen burner demonstration.

Through the Victorian Governments Renewable Hydrogen Business Ready Fund (BRF), Austeng received $100,000.00 in early stage funding to undertake a feasibility study and develop its hydrogen burner prototype. Renewable hydrogen offers a clean energy alternative for an otherwise difficult to decarbonise process.

The project provides a concrete demonstration of how a cremation furnace can be powered by a blend of hydrogen and natural gas to facilitate a transition to using clean, renewable hydrogen.

Ross George commented, “What you see today is an important enabling technology. This demonstration shows the crematoria sector and mainstream industry more generally, that green hydrogen can be easily, safely and quickly integrated into our respective operations with no business risk. It will also facilitate the demand for green hydrogen and is pivotal in assisting with creating supply chains for this renewable fuel.”

We are very proud that we gained Energy Safe Victoria’s final acceptance for the new technology, which to the best of our knowledge is the first of its kind! Lessons from the project will be applicable to decarbonising other gas-fired industrial processes in the future.

Over 60 people were in attendance at the demonstration to see the Minister “flick the switch” on the blending station.


Lily D'Ambrosio visits Austeng to see Hydrogen Burner

Ella George MP, Lyn George, Minister Lily D’Ambrosio, Ross George and Jen Conley stand in front of an Austeng Van


Lily D'Ambrosio visits Austeng to see Hydrogen Burner

Jen Conley, Lyn George, Minister Lily D’Ambrosio, Ella George MP, Ross George and Dean Matthews at the Hydrogen Burner demonstration


Lily D'Ambrosio visits Austeng to see Hydrogen Burner

Minister for Energy & Resources, Lily D’Ambrosio, talks at Austeng’s Hydrogen Burner demonstration


Lily D'Ambrosio visits Austeng to see Hydrogen Burner

Ross George, Minister Lily D’Ambrosio, Ella George MP and Christine Couzens MP at the Hydrogen Burner demonstration


Lily D'Ambrosio visits Austeng to see Hydrogen Burner

Ross George and Minister Lily D’Ambrosio stand next to Austeng’s Hydrogen Burner

After a decade of working with OrthoMetals in Australia to help them “spread the word “ about their terrific process and helping out with logistics, OrthoMetals have decided to fully transfer the logistical management to Gerard Robbers.

Austeng will now step into the background and wish OrthoMetals all the best for their continuing journey and opportunities they provide to the sector.

See full text of Orthometals announcement at this link and below:

“Dear Orthometals client,

I’d like to start out by saying we hope all is well, and that you have had some time to recover from all of the challenges that Corona brought us.

During the Corona period, instead of travelling, we used our time to reflect and innovate our processes. I think many companies have used this “break” to do the same thing. This opportunity was a silver lining during a very difficult time.

For over a decade, we have been working together with Austeng Engineering. Ross, Lyn, and their dedicated team have put a lot of effort into spreading the word and showing people all of the advantages that come from our unique recycling process. We can’t thank them enough for all the hard work they have put in.
In 2019, Austeng hired Gerard Robbers to do all the logistical work in the Eastern states, and handle the explosive growth in the logistic demand that came with all the crematories joining our solution. Gerard continued to expand his activities for us. At the moment, Gerard is doing 75% of our collections. To keep our logistical costs under control, we decided to move our logistic centre and warehousing from Geelong to Sydney last year.

Over the last few months Ross, Gerard and myself have had some conversations about the future of the management of the collections. With the balance shifting to Gerard, Ross decided that it is time to give Gerard the opportunity to completely run the logistical management for OrthoMetals. As we have integrated all the collections in our software system, we will support Gerard with planning his trips from The Netherlands. Ross, Lyn, and the Austeng team will take a step into the background but will be available when they are needed. They will also be a familiar face and can answer all your questions at future shows and conferences.

This new change means that the contact information will also change- Gerard will be available for all questions.

As from now, please use the following contact information if you’d like to reach us:

Gerard Robbers (logistics and direct representation)
Mail: Gerard@orthometals.com
Mobile : +61 (0) 419361348
Based: Tahtra NSW

In The Netherlands, Gerard will be supported by Maaike Rolfes, who will take care of the invoices and payments.
Maaike Rolfes (Invoicing, payments and support)
Mail: Maaike@orthometals.nl
Based: Meppel, The Netherlands

We would like to thank you for the trust you have given our company, and we are convinced that with these changes, we will be able to maintain our service at the highest level.

I hope we can all enjoy travelling soon again and that we can celebrate this change in person one day soon.

Until then,
Kind regards,

Hidde Verberne “