‘Lithium for the UK’ study to be launched

MINEX Forum | June 21, 2019
img0 The UK government will fund a study to assess the feasibility of developing a British lithium supply. A consortium comprising the Natural History Museum, explorer Cornish Lithium and mining consultancy firm Wardell Armstrong. The ‘Lithium for the UK’ project aims to help meet the increase in demand for the battery metal expected from the transition to ...

Kamaz trucks now have computer vision eyes

MINEX Forum | February 14, 2019
img0 Moscow-based Vist Group, a subsidiary of Helsinki-based Zyfra, announced this week that it launched a robotized towing truck project together with Nazarbayev University and Russian truck maker Kamaz. Using a previous experience robotizing the BelAZ 7513R truck and BelAZ 78250 front loader for open-pit mining, Vist said that it now wants to upgrade the five-wheel ...

Importance of rare earth metals mining makes it into COP24

MINEX Forum | December 11, 2018
img0 In a series of talks that took place within the COP24 summit in Katowice, Poland, defenders of the circular economy highlighted the importance of including mining of rare earth metals into their discussions. Based on a research document focused on the Netherlands and prepared by consulting and venture building firm Metabolic, the experts agreed that ...

Silver becomes key component for ultra-efficient solar cells

MINEX Forum | November 20, 2018
img0 Researchers at Ruhr-Universität Bochum and the University of Wuppertal in Germany have come up with a new fabrication process for transparent ultra-thin silver films. The new process produces a material capable of increasing the efficiency of solar cells and light-emitting diodes. Up till now, traditional chemical methods have not been able to produce ultra-thin and ...

X-ray technology enabling real-time analysis of gold ore samples Down Under

MINEX Forum | August 27, 2018
img0 X-ray technology enabling real-time analysis of gold ore samples Down Under Australian gold explorers have been given the world-first option to access X-ray technology to detect and analyse unseen gold, cutting turnaround times significantly. The photon assay technology was developed by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) over a period of 15 years, ...

New world standard for sustainable mining

MINEX Forum | June 28, 2018
img0 The mine of the future is carbon-dioxide-free, digitalized and autonomous. To set a new world standard for sustainable mining at great depth, LKAB, Epiroc, ABB, Combitech and AB Volvo have joined forces in a partnership and are starting a unique testbed in the orefields of northern Sweden. The testbed, SUM, Sustainable Underground Mining, will be ...

First new all-electric mine dumps diesel; cuts costs, pollution

MINEX Forum | June 22, 2018
img0 First new all-electric mine dumps diesel; cuts costs, pollution Hundreds of feet below thick boreal forest blanketing the Canadian Shield, a squad of near-silent, battery-powered machines are tunneling toward gold in a multimillion-dollar mining experiment to ditch diesel. Goldcorp Inc is building the world’s first new all-electric mine, a high-stakes gambit to replace noisy, fume-belching ...

Scientists develop technique to reduce cost, environmental impact of mining precious metal

MINEX Forum | June 11, 2018
img0 Researchers at the University of Notre Dame invented a new class of molecules whose shape and size enable them to capture and contain precious metal ions. In a study published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, the scientists explain that the method they have developed converts gold-containing ore into chloroauric acid and extracts ...

Russia’s Severalmaz testing drones for surveying

MINEX Forum | May 31, 2018
img0 Russian diamond mining company Severalmaz, a subsidiary of State-owned Alrosa, is testing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for mine surveying of land objects at Europe’s largest primary diamond deposit at Lomonosov. Preliminary results from the UAV testing, which involved a quadcopter and an aeroplane, indicate that mine surveying could be done faster, safer and at a ...