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State Government provides an initial 14.5 M € of support for gate.ruhr

The State Government of North Rhine-Westphalia is to provide 14.5 M € of support for the development of the gate.ruhr industrial and commercial area on the site of the Auguste Victoria 3/7 mine in Marl/Germany, which was shut down in 2015. Prof. Andreas Pinkwart, State Minister of Economic Affairs for North Rhine-Westphalia, presented the grant notice to Werner Arndt, Mayor ...

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Surveyors: No health risks in the locality

Surveyors from the DMT GmbH & Co. KG specialist unit for fire safety, at the Centre for Fire and Explosion Safety have determined, following specific gas measurements at various locations on the Graf Moltke tip in Gladbeck/Germany, that “there is no evidence of health risks in the locality”. The DMT surveyors conducted specific gas readings on the Graf Moltke spoil ...

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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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Following the end of the coal mining industry in Germany, RAG-Stiftung makes its first payment honouring perpetual obligations

The 2018 business year was another extremely successful one for RAG-Stiftung, Essen/Germany, as the Board of Executives reported at the Annual Press Conference at the Zollverein World Heritage Site on 6th June 2019 (Figure 1). The foundation reported a record profit of 912 M € in 2018. 458 M € of that came from the 3.5 % capital gain of its Evonik shares in September ...

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