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Cat is developing electric versions of large mining haul trucks like these.

Cat electric trucks for BC gold-silver mine

With the goal of developing a carbon-neutral open pit mine at its Blackwater gold project in British Columbia, Artemis Gold Inc. has cut a deal with Caterpillar Inc. for the future delivery of... — Updated 7/1/2022

A photo of a Sandvik underground haul truck deep inside a tunnel.

Oyu Tolgoi goes underground, autonomous

Rio Tinto is leveraging the safety and productivity advantages of Sandvik's autonomous mining equipment as it heads underground at the enormous Oyu Tolgoi copper-gold mine in the South Gobi... — Updated 7/1/2022

 By A.J. Roan    Mining Tech
A pile of black mass before being processed into battery-grade materials.

AMY NMC-811 cathode material gets tested

American Manganese reports that it has delivered NMC-811 (nickel-manganese-cobalt) cathode precursor material samples produced with its RecycLiCo technology to third-party collaborators in North... — Updated 7/1/2022

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 7/1/2022

Sandvik LH518B electric loader to be supplied to India's Hindustan Zinc.

Sandvik deal electrifies Hindustan Zinc

In a move to help decarbonize the largest underground mine in India, Hindustan Zinc has signed a deal to acquire a fleet of Sandvik electric mining equipment for its Sindesar Khurd... — Updated 7/1/2022

 By Shane Lasley    Mining Tech 
Trail CCUS pilot plant will tie into the refinery’s No. 2 sulfuric acid plant.

Teck to capture CO2 at Trail Operations

As part of the goal to reduce the carbon intensity of its operations 33% by 2030 and reach net-zero carbon dioxide emissions by 2050, Teck Resources Ltd. is carrying out a carbon capture... — Updated 7/1/2022

A rare earths separation machine set up at a facility in Saskatchewan, Canada.

Vital start of Canadian rare earths plant

To forge the second link in a wholly North American rare earths supply chain, Vital Metals Ltd. has begun feeding ore mined from its Nechalacho project in Northwest Territories into a dense media... — Updated 7/1/2022

 By A.J. Roan    Mining Tech
A digital photo of a haul truck driving through a cyber like space.

Hexagon total mine platform, Power of One

Keeping in alignment with overall mining safety and efficiency, Hexagon AB's mining division unveiled its Power of One platform, a holistic, life-of-mine smart solution connecting sensors,... — Updated 7/1/2022

Underground miners and equipment with position and proximity sensors.

Komatsu to acquire Mine Site Technologies

As its mining clients increasingly go underground to provide the minerals and metals needed for a technology-driven clean energy future, global heavy equipment manufacturer Komatsu Ltd. continues... — Updated 7/1/2022

A geoscientist tests for CO2 that could indicate hidden mineralization in BC.

Brewing up new mineral exploration tech

A small, made-in-British-Columbia device that uses sensors typically found in breweries and greenhouses has proven to be useful in the exploration of critical minerals. A new report from... — Updated 7/1/2022

Ontario Mine Rescue captain with safety gear and digital tablet.

An Ontario Mine Rescue software upgrade

Despite being home to one of the safest mining sectors in the world, Ontario is always looking for innovative ideas "to ensure that those who work in Ontario's mines come home healthy and safe at... — Updated 7/1/2022

A Komatsu mining truck hauling copper ore at the Los Bronces Mine in Chile.

Komatsu autonomous trucks at Chile mine

Komatsu Ltd. will be showcasing its FrontRunner autonomous haulage system at Anglo American's Los Bronces open pit copper mine in Chile. Coupled with Komatsu's DISPATCH fleet management system,... — Updated 7/1/2022

Tube filled with reactive tailings material being injected with CO2 exhaust.

FPX Nickel looks beyond net-zero carbon

Recent lab tests carried out by researchers from the University of British Columbia indicate that a nickel mine at FPX Nickel Corp.'s Baptiste project in central British Columbia could absorb... — Updated 7/1/2022

 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... — Updated 5/13/2022

 By A.J. Roan    Mining Tech
A huge pond of aluminum waste, also called red mud, can be recovered with IBRT.

Rio Tinto further funds Geomega tech

After receiving C$4 million in funding toward a pilot plant and feasibility study for the sustainable recovery of iron and critical minerals from aluminum waste, Geomega Resources Inc. has... — Updated 4/26/2022

Musk Foundation $100 million XPRIZE carbon sequestration technologies.

Carbon capture mining tech wins XPRIZE

A mine that could suck billions of tons of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and turn it to stone while also producing the nickel, cobalt, and other metals needed for zero-emissions electric... — Updated 4/25/2022

 By A.J. Roan    Mining Tech
Sandvik Mining Boliden metal 3D printing manufacturing technology

Sweden mines undergo 3D printing trial

Swedish companies Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions AB and Boliden AB have forged a partnership to explore the potential of 3D manufacturing parts for the hardworking mining equipment at... — Updated 4/5/2022

Komatsu autonomous bulldozer remote control operated Minas-Rio ProVision

Komatsu tests remote control bulldozer

Bulldozer operators at mining operations may soon be trading in the loud and jarring cabs of these large earthmoving machines for remote-control consoles in air-conditioned offices. Komatsu Ltd.... — Updated 4/5/2022

Copper Mountain ABB British Columbia Canada mining trolley electrification

Trolley electrifies Copper Mountain Mine

Faster, cheaper, and less carbon-intensive, a new 1,000-meter-long trolley assisting fully-loaded mining haul trucks out of the pit at Copper Mountain Mining Corp.'s mine in British Columbia is... — Updated 4/5/2022

 By A.J. Roan    Mining Tech
GoldSpot Discoveries AI artificial intelligence machine learning mining

A year of dynamic growth for GoldSpot

A leading technology company that leverages machine learning and data science to transform the way mineral deposits are discovered and defined, GoldSpot Discoveries Corp. says 2021 was a pivotal... — Updated 4/5/2022

 By A.J. Roan    Mining Tech
critical minerals recovery bauxite residue BR aluminum waste red mud

Aluminum waste recovery tech draws funds

Using a technology initially intended to recover rare earths from recycled magnets, Geomega Resources Inc. subsidiary Innord Inc. has received sizable funding toward an unexpected benefit of the... — Updated 4/1/2022

Caterpillar autonomous heavy haul truck water truck record 2021 milestone

Cat autonomous trucks set new record

Caterpillar Inc.'s enormous autonomous mining trucks hauled 1.2 billion metric tons of ore, waste, and other materials during 2021, a world record that will likely only stand for a year as more... — Updated 3/29/2022

Hitachi John Deere JV ended joint venture mining construction machinery Americas

Hitachi restructures for American mining

With its sights set on supporting North and South America's mining sectors with a growing line of equipment and technological innovations, Hitachi has broken ties with John Deere and launched... — Updated 3/15/2022

 By A.J. Roan    Mining Tech
NASA ESA European Space Agency oxygen mining space Moon air plant Thales Alenia

ESA selects team to mine oxygen on Moon

Following a competition launched by the European Space Agency, it has selected Thales Alenia Space to design and build the first experimental payload to mine oxygen from the surface of the Moon.... — Updated 3/15/2022

 By A.J. Roan    Mining Tech
Nokia SA 5G industrial-grade wireless network mining underground remote map

Nokia private network for Chile copper mine

Telecommunications giant Nokia has deployed an industrial-grade private wireless network with Antofagasta Minerals for Minera Centinela to support secure and reliable operations at its copper... — Updated 3/15/2022


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