Inkonova technology leads the way for underground operated drones

MINEX Forum | November 7, 2019
img0 EIT RawMaterials supported start-up Inkonova has developed new autonomous inspection drones for underground mining Inkonova has developed new technology revolutionising the drone market and has secured a major investment from world-leading Terra Drone company. The route to success was based on fast product development with the support of EIT RawMaterials Booster funding in collaboration and ...

Scania develops biofuel-powered, driverless truck

MINEX Forum | September 30, 2019
img0 Equipment and services company Scania announced that a multidisciplinary team is working on developing a cabless self-driving vehicle that would ease the workload at mines and large closed construction sites. In a press release, Scania’s president and CEO, Henrik Henriksson, said that the AXL concept truck is steered and monitored by an intelligent control environment ...

BelAZ and ZYFRA to Develop Robotisation and AI Technologies for Mining Industry

MINEX Forum | July 23, 2019
img0 BelAZ (the Belarusian Automobile Plant), one of the world’s largest manufacturers of quarry equipment, and ZYFRA, a company which specialises in industry digitalisation will jointly develop robotisation technologies for the mining industry and set up a research centre at BelAZ for innovation in the fields of artificial intelligence and autonomous transport. The strategic partnership agreement ...

‘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, ...