A Western Australian mining company is planning a mine completely powered by solar and wind power, in the next three years for the first time in Australia.
Galaxy Resources` Mt Cattlin lithium mine currently uses renewable energy sources for up to 15 per cent of its total power, using solar tracking panels developed by Swan Energy.
The panels at the mine provide 15 per cent more power than conventional systems.
This already saves the company 200 tonnes of carbon emissions each year and Galaxy`s managing director Iggy Tan said the company will take advantage of the strong and consistent winds around the Mt Cattlin mine as it moves towards a 100 per cent renewable energy-powered site.
He said they intend to install three wind turbines, each with a 1.2 megawatt capacity, as well as a solar power system with a one megawatt capacity to power the site.
Carbon tax sparks interest in renewable energy
The latest developments from Galaxy follow increasing concern from communities, environmentalists and mining companies about the amount of emissions released into the atmosphere from mining and construction projects.
Most mining operations in Western Australia are powered by diesel and coal, which release high levels of pollution, and under the federal government`s carbon emissions tax, many companies are looking at ways to cut costs and pollution with renewable energy.
Australia has the longest sunshine hours and has weather patterns that see consistent winds blow, particularly in WA.
Learn more about the Bowen Basin mining location.
The Bowen Basin contains the largest coal reserves in Australia. This major coal producing region contains one of the world’s largest deposits of bituminous coal.
The Basin contains much of the known Permian coal resources in Queensland including virtually all of the known mineable prime coking coal. It was named for the Bowen River, itself named after Queensland’s first Governor, Sir George Bowen.
The Bowen Basin covers an area of over 60,000 square kilometres in Central Queensland running from Collinsville to Theodore and is dotted with many coal mines operated by multiple mining companies.
Caterpillar Haul truck 793
The 793F has a load cpacityof 226.8 ton (US) and a top speed of 60 kilometres an hour. It's a turbocharged air-to-air aftercooled diesel engine that has enhanced power management capability for maximum hauling performance. The C175-16 is a 16-cylinder, four-stroke design that uses long, effective power strokes for optimum efficiency.
The 793F, is an autonomous-driven truck. Over 100 793F trucks are now operating via Command for hauling, the Cat autonomous truck operations system, which is a part of Cat MineStar™
Read more about the CAT 793 automomous mining dump truck on our website.
Resources and Infrastructure Industry (RII)
Commonly refered to as Black Coal Competency (BCC), the RII competency is one that can be attained by an operator who has previously worked in the industry and has completed a number of operating hours on various types of machinery.
RII competency is granted to prove correct and safe operation of mine site machinery. It is a very useful qualification to have, as it confirms the operator has the required experience and expertise.
You can transfer your nationally recognised civil Excavator, Front End Loader or Dozer tickets only to RII Black Coal Competencies.