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Research Center of Post-Mining of the THGA examines microshocks in former mining areas

Our underground is on the move. However, the shocks are often so small and spatially restricted that they are only detectable for very sensitive sensors. Even where mining was once conducted and people interfered with the natural geology and deposits, it may subsequently cause microseismic shocks. Paloma Primo, scientist at the Research Center of Post-Mining (FZN) at the TH Georg ...

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Following the coal trail

Construction sites, closures, narrowed lanes: Since the end of March 2020 the patience of drivers who use the Dortmund/Witten motorway junction is being tested. But the remediation work on the A44 is urgently required, says Cedric Kamgaing Kamdom: “ Most recently we detected and backfilled a hollow space, which was around 10 m high and 3 m wide – roughly as ...

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Massive deposit of battery-grade nickel on deep-sea floor gets confidence boost with new data

DeepGreen Metals Inc., Vancouver/Canada, which is exploring for deep-ocean poly-metallic nodules as a lower impact and more cost-effective alternative to terrestrial mining, on 29th January 2021 announced an upward revision to the nodule resource reported within the NORI-D exploration contract area held by its subsidiary, Nauru Ocean Resources, Inc. The nodule resource is now estimated as 4 Mt measured, 341 Mt indicated ...

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Security of supply to industry in Europe is in jeopardy

The German Association of Industrial Energy Consumers (VIK), Berlin/Germany, has expressed concern about the unexpected problems in the European power supply on 8th January 2021. Christian Seyfert, VIK Managing Director: “The incident on 8th January is unfortunately not the first of its kind, but it must be a warning to us all to not lose sight of the topic of ...

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Biodiversity in quarries is high

The biodiversity in a quarry is often much higher after the end of excavation work than prior to starting. This is reflected by the decades of experience and the previous data of the biodiversity database of the Baden-Württemberg Industry Association of Stone and Earth (ISTE). The Baden-Württemberg database project will also be available soon throughout Germany. Then the data from ...

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GVSt becomes bsn – Gesamtverband Steinkohle changes its name to Branchenverband Steinkohle und Nachbergbau

On 1st March 2021, the Hard Coal Association (Gesamtverband Steinkohle e. V. – GVSt), Essen/Germany, changed its name and has been operating under the designation Branchenverband Steinkohle und Nachbergbau e. V. (bsn) since this date. This renaming represents the association’s clarification of the changes in the focus of its work subsequent to the end of coal mining in Germany in 2018. Now, ...

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Mine water as valuable water – Mining meets electric mobility

What connects coal mining and electric mobility? One has been a thing of the past in Germany since the end of 2018, the other is a future technology. Lithium connects the past and the future (Figure 1). The mine water from the former mining tunnels contains this valuable raw material, which is required for manufacturing lithium-ion batteries. How lithium can be ...

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Death of Alfons von Bronk

Alfons von Bronk, former Member of the Executive Board of Bergbau AG Lower Rhine, died on 2nd December 2020 at the age of 91 (Figure 1). “We have lost an exceptional person, to whom we owe a great deal. We will cherish his memory”, said Peter Schrimpf, CEO of RAG Aktiengesellschaft, Essen/Germany. Von Bronk dedicated his entire career to coal ...

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Green hydrogen for green steel made in Duisburg – STEAG and thyssenkrupp are planning joint hydrogen project

Energy company STEAG GmbH,Essen/Germany, steel producer thyssenkrupp Steel Europe AG, Duisburg/Germany and electrolysis technology specialist thyssen-krupp Uhde Chlorine Engineers GmbH, Dortmund/Germany, are working on a joint feasibility study. The study deals with the construction of a water electrolysis plant at the STEAG site in Duisburg-Walsum by thyssenkrupp Uhde Chlorine Engineers, the structuring of energy supply and operation of the electrolysis ...

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The sun rises in the east

With immediate effect STEAG Solar Energy Solutions, Würzburg/Germany, a subsidiary of the energy company STEAG GmbH, Essen/Germany, is cooperating in a new joint venture with the LSG Group from Vienna/Austria. The long-standing partners and PV experts will in future be known to customers as SENS LSG. Together their focus will be on the photovoltaics markets of Eastern Europe. Never change ...

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