Renewable energy and mining

Many mines are located in remote sites that are not grid-connected. Electricity is often produced by diesel gensets. Driven by high fuel-transporation costs, the price for electricity generation is normally high. Renewable energy is an optimal add-on to diesel-gensets and can generated considerable fuel- and total electricity cost-savings. The objective of this platform is to communicate how mining companies are already applying renewable energy (Solar & Wind project database) and to give some background information about the topic. Regularly, reports and white papers are published for further insights.

There is quite a number of factors on both sides that have lead in the last years to a better fit of renewable energy and the mining industry. Many experts expect a boom of renewable energy applications at remote mines in the near future (see section developments).

Overview: platform Renewables & Mining
Overview: platform Renewables & Mining

Mining companies can get involved to different degrees into renewable energies. They can invest or co-invest into wind or solar power plants. There are several providers who offer leasing contracts for solar power plants. Finally, mines can buy electricity through PPAs from renewable plants.

The plant database contains power plants with the following technologies:

  • Solar power plants
    • PV
    • CPV
    • CSP
    • solar thermal
  • Wind power plants

 

There are different applications:

  • wind- or solar-diesel-hybrid-power plants (diesel reduction)
  • renewable energy power plants with PPAs from nearby mines
  • renewable energy plants at grid-connected mines
  • Plants that deliver process heat (solar thermal)
  • Renewable enery plants on reclaimed mine sites

At this stage neither biomass (or biogas) nor hydro power plants are included. In addition, cases in which a mining company invests into renewable energy plants and does not consume the energy are not included either.

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Thomas Hillig to present about: Renewables for off-grid mines: Status quo and outlook

Wed

25

Apr

2018

Top 5 Hybrid Energy News (Solar- and Wind-Diesel-Hybrid + Microgrids) – March/April 2018 by THEnergy

The new edition of our “Top 5 Hybrid Energy News” is again about two projects at remote mines and also several projects in rural electrification. It covers projects in Australia, Nigeria, Russia, the Maldives, and the Philippines. It features EDL, SunSHIFT, South32, SunPower, Nigeria’s REA, Rocky Mountain Institute, the World Bank, Rockefeller Foundation, Hevel Group, Polymetal, the Ministry of Environment and Energy of the Maldives, Solar Philippines, and Tesla.

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Wed

28

Feb

2018

THEnergy workshops: Solar-diesel / wind-diesel and microgrids - 20 workshops already done

Are you looking for new renewable energy markets? Have microgrids and solar- or wind-diesel hybrid projects attracted your attention? THEnergy offers tailor-made workshops!

Do like 20+ companies have done before! You can save weeks of your employees' valuable time by receiving crucial information in a very dense way!

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