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Dec 11, 2020
Explorers maintain the faith in mining’s future

Explorers maintain the faith in mining’s future

There’s increasing exploration activity in Queensland across the coal, energy, base and precious metals sectors. This was despite COVID and a drop in coal and petroleum prices, said Queensland Exploration Council (QEC) chair Kim Wainwright. According to the QEC’s 10th annual exploration scorecard, launched online today, council members invested more than $640 million in th...

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Oct 07, 2020
Sconi in the spotlight at key  nickel forum

Sconi in the spotlight at key nickel forum

A world nickel industry guru identified the Sconi nickel laterite project in Queensland as one of the potential major new mines in the world to service the growing battery market for electric vehicles. The Sconi deposit is located near Greenvale west of Townsville. Jim Lennon of Macquarie Commodities (Europe) listed Sconi in his keynote and virtual presentation to Paydirt Media’s Aust...

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Jul 06, 2020
New tech alerts drivers to tyre damage

New tech alerts drivers to tyre damage

Bridgestone has joined forces with Microsoft to develop a world-first monitoring system that will alert drivers to tyre damage in real-time. Not only that, it can also flag potholes and other hazards causing tyre damage to the agencies responsible for foxing them. Bridgestone says the diagnostic technology closes a crucial safety gap. Tyre issues take four main forms: inadequate pressur...

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Jun 19, 2020
Safety on the radar as technology flags no-go zones

Safety on the radar as technology flags no-go zones

Hexagon has dovetailed systems for mining operational safety and radar-based slope stability hazards in a new technology offering.The single platform is part of the newly released HxGN MineProtect Collision Avoidance System (CAS) 4.6, which is integrated with IDS GeoRadar’s IBIS Guardian software. It means mines can receive real-time equipment visualisation with timely alerts about hazardou...

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Apr 21, 2020
Clear path for future of solar technology

Clear path for future of solar technology

Australian researchers have developed semi-transparent solar cells that can be incorporated into window glass. The results are a ‘game-changer’ that could transform architecture, urban planning and electricity generation, they say. The researchers – led by Professor Jacek Jasieniak from the ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science (Exciton Science) and Monash University –...

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Feb 19, 2020
Energy technology test facility planned for Cairns

Energy technology test facility planned for Cairns

Osborne Construction Solutions and Babinda Electrics are building a $6 million Cairns research and development facility for energy technology.  The Micro-grid and Isolated Systems Test facility will be built at Ergon’s Spence St site. Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said the facility would enable rigorous testing of new technologies to ensure they could be seamlessly integrated into t...

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Feb 18, 2020
Anglo backs new electric technology for haul trucks

Anglo backs new electric technology for haul trucks

Williams Advanced Engineering has been tasked with developing the world’s largest hydrogen-powered mine truck for Anglo American. The new Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV), an ultra-class electrically powered mining haul truck, is being developed as part of Anglo’s FutureSmart Mining program. Putting such electrified vehicles into mines is hoped to assist the miner in achieving it...

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Oct 30, 2019
CSIRO adds grunt to groundwater monitoring

CSIRO adds grunt to groundwater monitoring

A new groundwater sensor system developed by the CSIRO promises to make environmental monitoring faster, more reliable and less labour-intensive for the resources industry. SENSEI is a multi-sensor system capable of simultaneously collecting data on pH, reduction potential, temperature and conductivity. “SENSEI is an automated system which delivers reliable groundwater data in real time,...

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