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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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Energy consumption drops to historic low

In 2020 energy consumption in Germany fell 8.7 % compared with the previous year and reached an historic low at 11,691 PJ or 398.8 Mtce (Figure 1). Compared to 2006, the year with the previously highest energy consumption in Germany since the reunification, the decline is around 21 %, reports the German Working Group on Energy Balances (AG Energiebilanzen). As a result ...

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IWiM launches International Women in Resources Mentoring Programme 2021 with the support of Rio Tinto, Newmont Corp., New Gold, SRK Consulting and Centerra Gold

International Women in Mining (IWiM), Polegate/UK, a leading global women’s organisation focused on pursuing gender equality in the mining sector, is pleased to announce the launch of the 2021 International Women in Resources Mentoring Programme (IWRMP), in collaboration with Metisphere. IWRMP is an annual cross-company initiative established to actively empower women in the mining sector by providing mentees with opportunities ...

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Mining is essential for climate change

The mining equipment industry in Germany anticipates a decline in sales for 2020 of around 10 to 15 %. However, the industry is optimistic about the future because only state-of-the-art mining technology will be able to ensure the raw materials required for climate protection and digitisation. The importance of the mining industry in this context and also the machine manufacturers is ...

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National emissions trading: VIK does not believe carbon leakage protection is guaranteed for companies

The VIK (German Association of Industrial Energy Consumers), Berlin/Germany, has criticised the deferral of the so-called Carbon Leakage Regulation. The regulation is part of the introduction of the national CO2 price by the Fuel Emissions Trading Act (BEHG). In contrast to the regulation, the new carbon price in Germany is effective as of 1st January 2021. VIK Managing Director Christian ...

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Historic machine hall Pattberg turned into office building

Since 2005 the Maas Group has had its registered office on the grounds of the Pattberg colliery of the former Rhineland mine in Moers/Germany. The group has been involved in the mining industry for 110 years and currently employs 450 staff in the business units Construction (structural engineering, civil engineering, steel construction/hydraulic engineering and track construction), Industrial Services including Recycling, ...

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