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Private households are using less energy for heating and lighting

The energy demand for heating and lighting in Germany has decreased in the last ten years (Figure 1). According the current calculations by the Working Group on Energy Balances (AG Energiebilanzen), the heating demand in 2018 was 17 % lower than in 2008. A significant proportion of this change is due to temperature differences between the two years. After compensating for ...

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Renewables opening doors for innovative energy solutions in mining

The year 2019 was the turning point for renewable energy projects at remote mines. More than a dozen projects were commissioned or announced. Mining companies have adopted solar and wind power to reduce their energy cost and carbon footprint in a rather lengthy process. In the last years, successful flagship projects have removed concerns about production loss and independent power ...

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WESTKALK plans own extraction system

With regards to work safety, health- and environmental protection the enterprise WESTKALK Vereinigte Warsteiner Kalksteinindustrie GmbH & Co. KG, Warstein/Germany, is planning to install an own extraction system for limestone spillage in their jet mill at the factory in Kallenhardt (Figure 1). This is supposed to improve the plant’s cleanliness and reduce dust exposure for staff members and surroundings long-term. ...

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Significant progress made on closure operations in 2019

More than a year has passed since the last two mines of the RAG Aktiengesellschaft, Essen/Germany, ceased production. Despite the halt in production, however, work continues both above and below ground at the mines of Prosper-Haniel in Bottrop and Ibbenbüren in the Tecklenburg region. Indeed, there were a number of tasks that remained to be completed in a reliable and ...

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German Works Councils’ Prize: Distinction for a centennial project

The works councils of RAG Aktiengesellschaft, Essen/Germany, and the social partners of the company were the recipients of a special honour at the most recent award ceremony for the German Works Councils’ Prize in Bonn. On the occasion of the annual Conference of German Works Councils, they were presented with a special prize that was awarded for the first time ...

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STEAG continues to grow on the renewable energy market

STEAG Solar Energy Solutions (SENS), the most recent subsidiary of the STEAG Group, Essen/Germany, is growing steadily in the field of renewable energy. André Kremer, Managing Director of SENS, and Matej Lednicky, Head of Transaction Management Infrastructure with the investment company KGAL Investment Management GmbH & Co. KG, confirmed their cooperation in Italy when they signed the contract in Milan. ...

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Smart-Mining Conference 2019: Innovative approaches for the automation and digitization of mining machines and processes

At the Smart Mining Conference 2019 on 19th to 20th November 2019, various approaches to the digitization and automation of mining processes were presented. The conference, organized by the Institute for Advanced Mining Technologies (AMT) of RWTH Aachen University in cooperation with DMT GmbH und Co. KG and VDMA Mining, brought together more than 200 national and international experts at ...

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Energy consumption in Germany has reduced

According to preliminary calculations from the Working Group on Energy Balances (AG Energiebilanzen), Berlin/Germany, energy consumption in Germany reached 12,815 PJ or 437.3 Mtce (Figure 1) in 2019. This is a decline of 2.3 % compared to the previous year. AG Energiebilanzen claims that this reduction in consumption was due to additional improvements in energy efficiency, energy mix substitutions and a decline in ...

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Mining machinery manufacturers are anticipating a record year

In contrast to the general trend, manufacturers of mining machinery in Germany are expecting 2019 to have been one of the best years on record. The German Engineering Federation (VDMA), Frankfurt am Main/Germany, is anticipating an increase in turnover of 38 % that would amount to around 5 bn €. This revenue should at the very least be maintained in 2020. In ...

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Export success for mining machinery suppliers from North Rhine-Westphalia – three questions for Peter von Hartlieb

At the end of November 2019, the 12th German-Russian Raw Materials Conference took place at the Saint Petersburg Mining University. The key topics of the conference included the new global and ecological tasks of digitalisation, the way to a circular economy through the use of waste as a raw material, and collaboration in climate and sustainability research. Peter von Hartlieb ...

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