“Clean” innovations key to ushering Australian mining industry

“Clean” innovations key to ushering Australian mining industry into next decade

Clean Mining, a part of the Clean Earth Technologies group, has its eyes set on becoming a pioneer in gold mining by introducing “clean” innovations to the industry.

An autonomous, beyond line-of-sight drone flight 600m underground in a WA mine has been cited as a shining example of Australia’s resources ingenuity.

Austrade deputy chief executive Tim Beresford used his opening speech today at Resources Technology Showcase 2019 to link the recently released national roadmap on artificial intelligence with Australian mining innovation.

“Emesent specialises in robotics, AI, drone autonomy, mapping, and data analytics and is leading the way in automating the collection and analysis of data in challenging environments,” he said.

“Developed by former researchers from CSIRO’s Data61, Emesent’s world-leading Hovermap technology automates the collection of valuable data in underground areas too dangerous or difficult for people to survey or navigate.”

Tim Beresford, deputy chief executive at Austrade, spoke at the recent Resources Technology Showcase 2019, highlighting Australia’s capabilities in mining. He stated, “Global competition is fierce. Attracting and developing the right talent with ‘skills for the future’ is a critical challenge for all countries.” Clean Mining is poised to face that challenge head-on and contribute toward “…resolving some of the long-standing…environmental challenges of our time.”

Clean Mining is working on new “clean” innovations in gold production that eliminates cyanide as a means of extracting the precious yellow metal.

Developed for over a decade by Australia’s CSIRO, the proprietary thiosulphate-based solution stands to be a complete cyanide replacement in gold mining, capable of fundamentally transforming the industry.

By circumventing the need to use cyanide, and subsequently, the possibility of disastrous containment failures, both miners and the environment will benefit.

*Source: The West Australian

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