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News in Brief Issue 06_2015

Energy consumption increases noticeably

Energy consumption in Germany increased by 1.6 % in the first six months of this year compared with the same period the previous year. A total of 6,821 PJ or 232.6 mt of coal equivalent (SKE) were consumed in the first half of the year. The increase in consumption has been attributed to the cooler weather conditions at the beginning of ...

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Making coal mining more sustainable: TFH Georg Agricola zu Bochum in cooperation with the Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Colombia is one of the world’s largest coal producers. Germany meets around one fifth of its coal needs via imports from Colombia, making it one of the country’s top three suppliers. The Columbian mining industry has come under criticism, however, for poor working conditions and low environmental protection standards. The Georg Agricola University of Applied Sciences (TFH), Bochum/Germany, and the ...

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25 years of geoinformation technology at RAG Aktiengesellschaft

Changes to the ground surface, securing underground cavities – topics that also play an important role in post-mining and which RAG Aktiengesellschaft, based in Herne (Germany), is taking on. For this purpose, they have been working with geoinformation technology (GIS) for 25 years. Starting as a system for specialists, the geoinformation system (GIS) has developed into an indispensable component of ...

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Sustainable change thanks to creativity and art

RAG Montan Immobilien GmbH, in Essen (Germany), has recognised that, thanks to the participation of the people in the planning and development process in many locations, there is not only a higher level of acceptance in the project development stage, but that structural changes can also be implemented more quickly and economically. The coexistence of urban space, landscape, sculptures and ...

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Showcasing the successful structural changes in the community of Quierschied

At the end of September 2015, the Göttelborn spoil tip was handed over to Industriekultur Saar GmbH (IKS) by RAG Montan Immobilien GmbH, in Sulzbach. This meant that the tip became part of the landscape at Industriekultur Nord (LIK.NORD) and was made accessible to the public. RAG Aktiengesellschaft invested a total of 6 million € in the redevelopment of the ...

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91 minerals found in a Saxon mine

The 23rd Original Saxon Mine Calendar 2016 is published under the title of “Type-localities of minerals from the Erzgebirge”. Of the 5,000 worldwide known minerals 91 of those are to be found in Saxony, and of those 91 the most were found in the Ore Mountains. The wall-calendar displays 13 selected mineral levels of variable collections and it leads the ...

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AIMEX 2015 – A brief review

This year, AIMEX, the largest mining trade fair in the Asia-Pacific region, which is held every two years, took place from 1st to 4th September in Sydney. This trade fair, which has been in existence for over 35 years, appeals in particular to mining suppliers who, as exhibitors, can present their latest products and services to the mainly Australian audience ...

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Henry Rauche: Die Kaliindustrie im 21. Jahrhundert.

Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2015 With this book, which has the subtitle “The state of technology in raw material extraction and raw material preparation, as well as in the disposal of the tailings that arise from this”, the author is addressing a current key issue. In addition to phosphorus and nitrogen, potassium is essential for feeding the world’s growing population. Ideas ...

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19th Aachen International Mining Symposium (AIMS 2015) and its successful handover to Professor Lottermoser

The 19th Aachen International Mining Symposium (AIMS) took place in May 2015. Under the guidance of Prof. Per Nicolai Martens, the 2015 AIMS Conference was again a great success with more than 300 participants coming from over 30 countries. The program comprised more than 70 papers covering topics in mining and resource development, which were presented by colleagues from academic ...

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