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News In Brief Issue 04_2019

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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Awards ceremony for the „Förderturm der Ideen“ school competition – top projects are now being put into action

Teams of school pupils have been diligently promoting their ideas in the Ruhr region, and with the online vote having drawn to a close, the time has finally come. The winners of the “Förderturm der Ideen” school competition have been announced: Bochum is getting a recreation area, Essen can look forward to smart lamps, Duisburg-Rheinhausen is establishing a meeting group ...

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STEAG plans efficient, custom energy concept for Bottrop coking plant

The energy company STEAG GmbH, Essen/Germany, is developing a custom, sustainable energy concept for the coking plant in Bottrop together with steel producer ArcelorMittal Bremen GmbH. A modern joint-venture power station, which will be fundamental to the production of electricity, heat and steam, is to be established in the area of the RAG central workshop at the former Prosper-Haniel mine. ...

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Living Labs for the Energy Transition: Partner network tests new battery technology

The German government has set itself the goal of rapidly expanding its renewable energies as part of the energy transition. Sun and wind, however, are subject to fluctuations in relation to the weather, and are not geared towards demand and market requirements. To offset these fluctuations and guarantee that the power supply can meet demands, high-performance energy-storage systems will be ...

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STEAG strengthens position in growth market for renewable energy

The energy company STEAG GmbH, Essen/Germany, is strengthening its position in the international growth market for renewable energy. On 1st July 2019, group subsidiary STEAG Energy Services GmbH (SES) acquired GILDEMEISTER energy solutions of DMG MORI, based in Bielefeld/Germany. The machine tool manufacturer DMG MORI entered the market for solar technology in 2007. Both parties have agreed not to disclose ...

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The fourth largest national economy in the world needs a secure, competitive energy supply

German lignite will continue to make an important contribution to maintaining a secure, economical and sustainable energy supply, the chair of the board of German Lignite Association (DEBRIV), Helmar Rendez, explained at this year’s lignite convention in Cologne/Germany. The German lignite industry calls for planning security and political reliability up to the end date for coal use proposed by the ...

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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. 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 two-day conference ...

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Drone flight in the quarry

Fourteen budding engineers for raw material extraction from the TH Georg Agricola University in Bochum/Germany visited WESTKALK’s Kallenhardt plant on a study trip (Figure 1). They were accompanied on their excursion by a drone, which documented the university group’s activities with a photo flight. Nowadays, drones are used for surveying, which is required in quarries for their annual mass calculation, ...

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MiningForum 2019 – Over 300 mining experts at meeting in Berlin

On 27th and 28th June 2019, the MiningForum brought together in Berlin/Germany international experts from industry and science for an exchange of ideas on current topics and trends. The wide range of topics covered all the major trends in the sector: digitalisation, automation, sustainability and post-mining. The keynote speakers examined specific issues in mining, such as Leonhard Weixler, Chairman of ...

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