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First anniversary: Research Centre of Post-Mining of the THGA turns five – and is becoming increasingly complex

The history of mining is long – but the history of post-mining will be much longer. For five years now the Research Center of Post-Mining (FZN) at the TH Georg Agricola University (THGA) in Bochum/Germany has been attending to the issues that emerge as mining activity ceases. As the world’s first institution, it takes a comprehensive look at the post-mining ...

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Sigfox Glückauf: RAG AG digitises mining shafts via 0G network

RAG Aktiengesellschaft, Essen/Germany, started to digitise abandoned surface openings, shafts and mining galleries of the coal mining sector via the Sigfox-0G network. There are around 60,000 in North Rhine-Westphalia alone. The aim of this IoT connection is the continuous monitoring of changes in real time in order to increase protection against sinkholes and reduce the effort of on-site inspections. The ...

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Book review: Dekorrelative Gravimetrie

Apart from a complete formulation of the necessary geoscientific framework, this book focuses on the geoscientific context of issues and problems that occur in gravitative exploration (Figure 1). In addition, an insight into the current status of the research is provided, by reducing gravimetry to calculable (decorrelated) models. The various unsolved questions and problems of gravimetry should be made known ...

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Modern coal-fired power stations are facing losses that could potentially run into billions

The decision to phase out fossil fuels has already been taken. The intention behind Germany’s Coal-Fired Power Generation Termination Act (KVBG) is to resolve a social conflict, while also guaranteeing planning reliability for everyone involved. However, the legislation is not catering to this aspiration in full. In particular operators of young, modern coal-fired power stations are currently uncertain as to ...

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STEAG disappointed at rejection of urgent application

“The Federal Constitutional Court’s decision is bitterly disappointing for STEAG,” Joachim Rumstadt, Chairman of the Board of Management of STEAG GmbH (Figure 1), Essen/Germany, remarks. “Since the rejection of the urgent application was made on formal grounds, the question of the constitutionality of the Coal-fired Power Generation Termination Act has not been examined at all,” meaning it was also not ...

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An important first step

In mid-June 2020, the German Government presented the National Hydrogen Strategy after a long period of preparation. STEAG GmbH, Essen/Germany, welcomes the blueprint for a successful market ramp-up of a hydrogen sector in Germany which is now available: “The paper contains a number of useful and pioneering approaches. We hope, though, that these ideas will be firmed up in the ...

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STEAG invests in compressed air systems

STEAG New Energies GmbH, Saarbrücken/Germany, a subsidiary of Essen-based energy company STEAG GmbH, has established a joint venture together with Karl Uhl GmbH, Bochum/Germany, a leading business in the field of industrial compressed air technology. The aim of the new STEAG UHL Druckluft-Versorgung GmbH is to expand the compressed air contracting business in Germany by combining the strengths of the ...

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Climate-friendly heating for the Saar region

Saarbrücken-based STEAG New Energies GmbH and Fernwärme Verbund Saar GmbH (FVS), together with Entsorgungsverband Saar (EVS), will add a heat extraction system to the waste-to-energy plant (AVA) Velsen (Figure 1) . In the future, around 170,000 MWh/a of heat will be fed into the Saar District Heating System via a 6 km long connecting pipeline. With this project, the partners ...

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Energy consumption is down due to the pandemic

As forecast by the Working Group on Energy Balances (AG Energiebilanzen) on the basis of current calculations for the first half of the year, energy consumption in Germany is likely to decline by around 7 % this year and could, in unfavourable conditions, even fall by up to 12 % (Figure 1). If the country enjoys a fast and uninterrupted recovery from ...

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Virtual phasing out of fossil fuels: THGA participates in new project for repurposing former mining areas

How can a former mining area be transformed into a revitalised landscape? What needs to happen so that the areas can be used once again? To be able to produce comprehensive simulations of scenarios such as this in future, the new “TRIM4Post-Mining” project is now being launched with participation of the TH Georg Agricola University (THGA), Bochum/Germany (Figure 1). European experts ...

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