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Illustrated graphic of the Viper underground renewable energy storage tech.

Studio X empowers Economical Energy

Australian startup, its underground renewable energy tech, selected to join Shell-backed accelerator studio. Economical Energy's potentially game-changing Viper underground renewable energy storage system... — Updated 11/1/2023

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A case study for zero-carbon mining

Nouveau Monde, Caterpillar's work to create a model for zero-carbon mining in Quebec; tackles key electric mining questions. From working with Caterpillar to develop an electric mining fleet for its Matawi... — Updated 10/18/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Mining Tech
A mining haul truck used to carry thousands of tons a day.

Mines researcher champions clean mining

Seeking ways to mitigate and reduce carbon emissions, a doctoral postgraduate of mining engineering and management from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology has taken it upon herself to explore a ne... — Updated 8/9/2023 Full story

A conveyor belt transports ore to the surface at an underground mine.

Storing renewable energy in old mines

Can old mines be repurposed as giant batteries for cost-effective and long-term storage of renewable energy? A peer-reviewed paper by a team of researchers led by the International Institute for Applied... — Updated 4/16/2023 Full story

Rendering of a Viper system storing nearby solar and wind energy.

An innovative take on battery mining

Economical Energy intends to mine cavities to house renewable energy storage systems. An Australian startup has come up with an idea for energy storage mining that does not involve the production of... — Updated 4/16/2023 Full story

 By K. Warner    Mining Tech
Graphic of potential geothermal uses for power generation, heating, and cooling.

Geothermal promises increased potential

Geothermal power has generally represented region-specific and niche clean energy in the public consciousness for over a century. Today, thanks to a profusion of social outreach and government incentives,... — Updated 3/13/2023 Full story

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Aussie university tackles clean energy

The University of Adelaide launches Institute for Sustainability, Energy and Resources The global transition to electric vehicles plugged into low-carbon-emissions power sources is requiring enormous... — Updated 8/30/2022

A large Komatsu mining haul truck being tested at a site in Arizona.

Mining sector races to net-zero by 2050

CO2 reduction path for mines is difficult but not impossible Aligned with global climate goals agreed upon in international pacts such as the Paris Agreement, most of the major mining companies that will s... — Updated 8/16/2022 Full story

The Las Bambas mine that will soon benefit from hydropower from SmartH2OEnergy.

Capturing hidden energy flows at mines

Nearly every mine on Earth has a source of potential low-carbon energy that remains largely untapped – the natural surface waters flowing into, through and out of the operation. Germany-based... — Updated 7/12/2022 Full story

 By A.J. Roan    Mining Tech
First Solar Nevada Gold Mines Barrick Newmont cadmium-telluride thin-film PV

American solar for largest gold complex

Looking to lower the carbon footprint of the single largest gold-producing complex in the world, Nevada Gold Mines has turned to First Solar Inc. to provide enough cadmium-telluride thin-film photovoltaic... — Updated 7/12/2022

BHP Group Tesla TransAlta Nickel West Australia lithium-ion battery low-carbon

Solar to help power BHP Nickel West mines

To lower the carbon footprint of the nickel it delivers to lithium-ion battery and electric vehicle manufacturers such as Tesla Inc., BHP Group is having 38.1 megawatts of solar power capacity installed... — Updated 7/12/2022

 By A.J. Roan    Mining Tech
247Solar MIT HeatStorE remote off-grid generator emission-free clean renewable

Sandbox battery to energize remote mines

Solar energy company and startup from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Solar247 Inc., announced earlier this year a robust new battery technology, HeatStorE, a long duration thermal battery designed... — Updated 7/10/2022

General Motors lithium battery hydrogen fuel cells electric aircraft Hydrotec

GM powers trains, planes and automobiles

Semis, trains, and now planes, General Motors' Hydrotec hydrogen fuel cell technology is offering a zero-carbon-emissions alternative to powering the way goods and people are being transported. Hydrogen... — Updated 7/10/2022

 By A.J. Roan    Mining Tech
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Australia tackles heavy industry carbon

University of Adelaide's Centre for Energy Technology just announced potential pathways to divert the production of heavy industry emissions through the use of green energy methods instead of fossil... — Updated 7/10/2022

Syrah Resources Ltd. Solarcentury Balama graphite mine Shaun Verner solar energy

US-bound graphite goes greener with solar

Seeking to bring down the cost and carbon dioxide emissions of mining the graphite needed for lithium-ion batteries, Syrah Resources Ltd. has reached an agreement for the installation of solar power... — Updated 7/10/2022

Teck miner at solar power generating facility Chilean mine

Teck transitions to renewables in Chile

Taking a big step on its path to becoming carbon neutral by 2050, Canadian miner Teck Resources Ltd. has entered into a long-term power purchase agreement with The AES Corp., a global power company that pr... — Updated 7/10/2022

Photovoltaic solar power plant in southwest US desert USA Rare Earth Texas mine

West Texas sun may power rare earth mine

Geology dictates where mineable concentrations of the metals we need for our everyday modern lives are located. It so happens that USA Rare Earth LLC and Texas Mineral Resources Corp.'s Round Top rare... — Updated 7/10/2022

 By A.J. Roan    Mining Tech
photovoltaic solar panel installation at Koodaideri iron mine Pilbara Australia

Sun powered mine in the land Down Under

Mining powerhouse Rio Tinto is raising the renewable energy standard for all global industrialized sectors by completely powering its future Koodaideri iron mine in Pilbara, Australia with solar energy. Ha... — Updated 7/2/2022

Hydrogen Fuel Cell mining haul truck largest EV electric vehicle Anglo American

World's largest EV will be a mine truck

Global miner Anglo American has teamed up with Williams Advanced Engineering to develop the world's largest electric vehicle – an ultra-class mining haul truck. A hydrogen fuel cell module and bank of... — Updated 7/2/2022

Electric battery zero emissions busses at Teck Resources mine in BC

Teck commits to carbon neutrality by 2050

Understanding that the transition to renewable energy is going to require a vast amount of metals yet mining them consumes a lot of energy, Teck Resources Ltd. is joining a growing number of mining... — Updated 7/2/2022

Solar photovoltaic PV renewable energy electricity power Aussie mines

Green energy future begins in the mines

From the enormous equipment that dig up and haul ore to processing facilities that extract the sought-after metals, mines use a lot of energy. Over the past century, the largest share of this energy has... — Updated 2/25/2022 Full story


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