Online platform for wind energy and photovoltaics in the mining industry

22.10.2014

The market for renewable energy in the mining industry is growing. THEnergy, a consulting company, has launched an online database to assess which companies are mining copper, gold or other raw materials using renewable energy.

Many high-yield mining areas are either already exhausted or difficult to access. This leads to an increase in energy consumption for the extraction and further processing of the raw materials. Since the cost of solar and wind power has fallen sharply, more and more mining companies are beginning to use renewable energy for extraction processes. Hybrid power plants, which combine diesel generators with wind turbines or photovoltaic systems, are particularly popular. Wind and solar are an inexpensive alternative to diesel fuel, particularly in remote areas.

"THEnergy's goal is to accelerate the use of renewable energies in mining by providing information that may be lacking," explains Dr. Thomas Hillig, founder of the THEnergy platform.

The database of photovoltaic systems, wind turbines, solar thermal and CSP plants that are being used in the mining industry can be found at www.th-energy.net/mining. The database is designed to help mining companies to find solar and wind experts who already have experience with renewable technologies in the area of mining. Solar and wind power companies, on the other hand, can use it to obtain information on which companies are already using renewables.

Tanja Peschel

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