Image: From left, Joao Arujo and David Van Klaveren of dynaCERT/H2 Tek accept their $5,000 prize at the Mining Cleantech Challenge on March 21, 2019

First place winner dynaCERT Inc./H2 Tek took home the $5,000 prize at the March 21, 2019, Mining Cleantech Challenge in Denver. Their technology was chosen by mining executives and investors in the industry as the best among a competitive field of 12 total companies representing the U.S., Canada and Israel. An international team of judges reviewed and voted on the winners.

dynaCERT’s HydraGEN™ turns distilled water into H2 and O2 gases on-demand and introduces these gases directly to diesel engines’ air intakes. “Our technology, HydraGEN,” said H2 Tek VIce President of Sales and Marketing, David Van Klaveren, “can actually improve significantly those carbon emissions, reduce them, and along the way pay for the capital cost of all this through fuel efficiency savings.”

We can’t ignore the fact that clean technology is an important part of our responsibility as participants and members of this industry, the mining industry,” continued Van Klaveren. “I think it’s remarkable that an association considers this a priority: bringing together companies that have innovation for an extremely important cause.”

Exequiel Rolon from sponsor company Fresnillo, one of the founding sponsors, agreed, saying “It’s my third year and it’s been very surprising to see all the startup companies that come up with very innovative ideas that are actually very beneficial for the mining companies.”

“I think the mining industry as a whole can benefit from these efforts,” said Rolon. “One of our commitments is to foster and collaborate with entrepreneurs that are developing these kinds of technologies.”

Second place in the competition went to Earth Alive Clean Technologies, a unique microbial dust control technology that is non-hazmat, 100% organic and has biodegradable properties. The top three was rounded out by third place Rail-Veyor, a disruptive technology that uses a light rail solution to move anything. All three winning companies are from Canada.

Representatives of the top three companies in the Mining Cleantech Challenge, all Canadian

Additional presenting companies included:
AquaFlex Holdings
Big Blue Technologies
Bishop Water Technologies
Cool Planet
GHGSat Inc
Pecos Wind Power
SiteSee – powered by Ramboll
Swirltex Inc.

“While the global mining industry navigates an evolving market, certain producers are integrating innovative technology and alternative, less polluting energy sources into mining operations. Incorporating clean energy practices into the industry is a challenge that we see our sponsoring companies tackling head-on,” said Shelly Curtiss, Executive Director of Colorado Cleantech Industries Association, which hosts the Mining Cleantech Challenge.

Rolon concluded “Somehow this event is unique in the world and provides value that is very complicated to find.”

Supporters of the day-long program included Newmont Mining, Fresnillo, as well as Jolimont Global, Ausenco, Resource Capital Funds, Consulate General of Canada in Denver, Colorado School of Mines, Rocky Mountain Institute and the Mountain Studies Institute.