Smart Hydropower 2 Supply Mining Operations with Sustainable Energy Project

28.06.17 Deutsch-Peruanisches Kompetenzzentrum für Bergbau und Rohstoffe - News-Hauptkategorie

Humanity needs to address and solve a number of significant global challenges, and international collaboration is an integral part of solving the problems that humanity is currently facing. 

To tackle the mentioned problems, the Institute of Mineral Resources Engineering (MRE) of the RWTH Aachen University invited Peruvian representatives and experts from the government, university and industry to a workshop about hydropower integration into mining processes. Together with representatives of the German start-up Smart Hydro Power GmbH and of the German-Peruvian Chamber of Industry and Commerce, they engaged, discussed and consulted with RWTH staff on energy options in mining in general and the existing potential to increase sustainability of mining operations. To this end, a possible case study option for further investigation was presented. 

The MRE currently looks into solutions to implement mobile and semi-mobile hydroelectric power generation in remote small and mid-scale mines in Peru. The scope includes the exploration, production and post-mining phases. The impact to be achieved focuses on economic, environmental and social aspects alike, aiming at the generation of cheap energy, at carbon footprint reduction and at increasing the public acceptance for mining. 

Results: In total, all participants declared their interest and support for a well-investigated reference project as this would not only show how mines could use water resources more efficiently in the future. It would also cover potential questions that arise from any measures taken to increase efficiency by implementing distributed generation. On top of that, it could be transferred to other industries such as the agricultural industry.

Rudolf Suppes, M.Sc.
MRE – Institute of Mineral Resources Engineering
RWTH Aachen University
Wüllnerstraße 2 - 52062 Aachen - Germany
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