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Coal imports declining significantly – coal achieves CO2 reduction targets

The use of coal to generate electricity in Germany declined dramatically in 2017 (-17 %). This is expected to decrease by more than 20 % in 2018. This is primarily due to the increased use of renewable energy sources, particularly wind energy. Coal has therefore already made its contribution to achieving CO2 reduction targets as set forth in the federal government’s climate ...

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DEBRIV criticises study by the Institute for Applied Ecology on employment trends in the lignite industry

The extensive withdrawal from electricity generation using lignite in Germany is possible without the need for any compulsory redundancies. This was the assertion made by the Institute for Applied Ecology after carrying out an analysis on behalf of the Federal Environment Agency, which was subsequently quoted in the media. The German Lignite Industry Association (DEBRIV), Bergheim/Germany, has made a clear ...

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BEUMER Group wins contract for overland conveyor at Knight Hawk Coal facility in Illinois/USA

BEUMER Groups’, Beckum/Germany, U.S. subsidiary, the BEUMER Corporation, has been awarded a contract to design, supply and install a nearly 6.5 km overland conveyor at Knight Hawk Coal’s Prairie Eagle Mine in Illinois (Figure 1). The Knight Hawk project is a strategic win for BEUMER, allowing the company to broaden its mining sector footprint, according to Brad Williams, Vice President ...

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Epiroc releases fully automatic functionality for the Serpent ventilation system – Serpent Automatic

Epiroc now takes its successful Serpent ventilation system to the next level by launching automatic functionality. Serpent Automatic (Figure 1) optimizes air quality, air flow and energy expenditure automatically and can radically reduce energy consumption and ventilation costs. “This is more than an efficient ventilation system,” says Diana Baldeon, Global Product Manager for Serpent Ventilation at Epiroc. “With the launch ...

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Keeping it simple!

The SIM 2018 trade fair will take place from 17th to 19th October 2018 in Clermont-Ferrand/France – and in Booth F40, Flexco Europe GmbH, Rosenfeld/Germany, will be presenting future-oriented solutions that will make life much easier for conveyor system operators, because now material carryback, belt misalignment, material loss and belt slippage can be avoided from the outset. Among other products, the ...

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New standard in the 14 t class

The German manufacturer, GHH Fahrzeuge GmbH, Gelsenkirchen, presents its new LF14 which is the world’s strongest LHD in the 14 t payload category (Figure 1). Thanks to substantial progress also in other areas, i. e. the operating ergonomics, the LF 14 is easily setting standards in this product field. And once again, GHH has raised the bar in the market: ...

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“Mining Experience” – Minister of Economic Affairs Pinkwart finds out about digital technologies in modern mining in Wuppertal

Following an invitation by Komatsu Germany GmbH, Düsseldorf/Germany, North Rhine-Westphalia´s State Minister for Economic Affairs, Digitalisation, Innovation and Energy Prof. Andreas Pinkwart visited on 22nd August 2018 the Kalkwerke Oetelshofen quarry in Wuppertal. Together with the members of the company management of Komatsu Germany GmbH, Taiichiro Kitatani, Ralf Petzold and Göksel Güner, the minister learned about the use of digital ...

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Professionalism as a strategy

Many medium-sized companies in Germany also form the economic foundation and hold their ground in the tough competition in the extraction and processing of rock products. A typical example is Otterbein Zement- und Kalkwerke GmbH & Co. KG, located in Großenlüder-Müs, north-west of Fulda in the state of Hessen. The family business has been extracting around 500,000 t/a of shell ...

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TAKRAF Germany tastes HPGR success in Turkey

TAKRAF GmbH, Leipzig/Germany, announces the receipt of an important project award for the supply of two High-Pressure Grinding Rolls (HPGRs) for a cement plant in Turkey. The company’s HPGR machines (Figure 1) have been designed from the outset with maintainability in mind. A clear target to achieve this goal is the reduction of downtime, which includes integrated maintenance tools and ...

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Surface miners drive up savings in coal mining

Mine operators for some time now have been increasingly turning to an alternative to conventional rip-and-stack or drill-and-blast coal mining: the use of surface miners. Diverse studies and tests show that surface miners offer considerable advantages in terms of both economic efficiency and the final product. The main advantages of Wirtgen surface mining technology include the following: • selective mining; ...

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