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Fenne HydroHub becomes a living lab

Fenne HydroHub is set to become a living laboratory for the energy transition. The project outline, which was developed by STEAG GmbH, Essen/Germany, jointly with project partners Siemens AG, the Institute for Future Energy and Material Flow Systems (IZES gGmbH) and the German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI GmbH) and entered in the competition held by the German Federal ...

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AIMS 2019 Conference fostered international exchange on “Mines of the Future” in Aachen

The Second International Conference “Mines of the Future” took place in Aachen/Germany in June 2019 (Figure 1). Due to the great interest in the topic „Mines of the Future“, Prof. Bernd Lottermoser, conference chair of the renowned AIMS conference series, deepened the theme. Having attracted more than 180 participants from 29 countries, from 20 different universities and 74 companies the ...

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SOMP Conference at the THGA looks at mining, post-mining and sustainability

What might mining look like in the future? How should the post-mining era be shaped? And how can raw material extraction, post-mining and sustainability be interlinked? These topics were considered by the Society of Mining Professors (SOMP), who met in Bochum/Germany from 1st to 4th July 2019 for the “Glückauf Future” conference (Figure 1). Around 110 renowned scientists from around the ...

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THGA President Prof. Jürgen Kretschmann is the first German to receive the Günter Fettweis Award

He has dedicated his working life to mining and post-mining, and has cultivated international partnerships as well as the next generation of scientists: For his dedication, Prof. Jürgen Kretschmann, President of the Georg Agricola University of Applied Sciences (THGA), Bochum/Germany, has now been honoured with the Günter Fettweis Award. The prize is awarded by the Society of Mining Professors (SOMP), ...

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Global trade in coal rose by 4.7 % in 2018

Coal-fired power stations compensate for load peaks, serve as a back-up for periods of little sunlight and no wind and prevent voltage fluctuations which cause significant financial damages in domestic households and industry. The “Coal Commission” had proposed financial incentives for the construction of public gas turbines. These are less effective and would have to be constructed at great expense ...

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Extensive environmental studies before closure: Green Party criticism unfounded

After the Saxony Minerals & Exploration AG (SME AG) exploratory shaft in the Luchsbachtal Valley near Pöhla/Germany in the Ore Mountains has reached its final depth and preparations to exchange the previously leased hoisting winches for owned winches are in full swing, the comprehensive approval process for the planned mining installations and for the necessary spoil tip continue to run ...

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Without leaving a trace

In the past, a coal-fired power plant was once in operation in the Belgian town of Flémalle. The coal residues are landfilled on a fly ash stockpile. Now, the stockpile is to be entirely emptied and the terrain transformed into a nature park. A pipe conveyor of the BEUMER Group, Beckum/Germany, is being used to transport the fly ash to ...

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Caterpillar presented new longwall mining products and advanced technologies at Katowice Mining Fair

Caterpillar presented a number of new longwall mining products and solutions at the International Trade Fair for Mining, Power Generation and Metallurgy in Katowice/Poland. Together with the regional Cat® dealer, Bergerat Monnoyeur, Caterpillar showcased its latest technologies in the MCK Hall. The Caterpillar exhibit featured digital presentations of new longwall machines, technologies and services – all designed to make longwall ...

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Dräger acquires a stake in Canada-based softwarecompany Focus FS

Dräger Safety AG & Co. KGaA, Lübeck/Germany, has acquired a stake in Focus Field Solutions Inc., a leading provider of industrial safety solutions based in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador/Canada. With this latest investment, Dräger extends its expertise in the area of digital worksites. Focus FS has developed a Software as a Service (SaaS) platform which digitizes critical operations data ...

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