Mining Cleantech Challenge

A Globally Accessible Event | Denver, CO | Presented By CCIA

Applications Open Until June 26, 2020

Program Overview

The Mining Cleantech Challenge efficiently provides targeted connections between mining industry operators, OEMs, and clean technology solution providers with a mutually beneficial goal of meeting industry’s needs while at the same time introducing innovative solutions to the marketplace.

Innovative solutions providers will complete a competitive vetting process, after which 10 companies will be invited to present their technologies to the partners and sponsors.

There are no geographic restrictions or requirements for participating companies.

In Partnership With:

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Mining companies are looking for the following technologies:

ADVANCED MATERIALS AND CHEMICALS
Novel materials or chemicals comprised of no or fewer hazardous chemicals; advanced materials less likely to rust or corrode which will improve containment; improved treating chemicals and detection methods; chemicals to extract hazardous items from produced fluids; new products made from captured CO2, new ways to capture/separate CO2 and NGLs.
BLOCKCHAINS
Blockchains are an immutable, distributed database that opens up new use cases between trust boundaries, such as between disparate organizations. Applications of blockchain technology in mining could include the creation of efficient, trusted marketplaces; or distributed transactional platforms that can provide value in many areas of the business (such as compliance, CSR and social engagement, supply chain efficiency and tracing, and commodity trading). A recent example is the creation of a consortium involving Shell, BP, and Statoil who are working on the development of a blockchain-based energy commodity trading platform, along with three large commodity traders. The common thread found in most emerging blockchain based solutions is increased efficiency between boundaries of trust- either through disintermediation of 3rd parties or by enabling the digitization of cross organizational processes.
METHANE AND NOX GAS DETECTION OR CONTROL
Methane, SO2, CO, CO2 and other emissions control/reduction/detection from valves, piping and vented sources; control of emissions from tanks and pressure vessels; real-time gas detection and alarm systems.
PLANT or BIOLOGICAL SOLUTIONS
Salt tolerant vegetation or trees targeted for beneficial use of produced water; vegetation or trees targeted for growth in drill cutting based soils; site or spill remediation solutions. Bio-characterization for produced/released water cleanup, soil remediation.
PRODUCTION EFFICIENCY
Analytics to improve availability and utilization of fixed and mobile assets; advanced process control; remote operations management; application of new technology to reduce operating costs.
PROCESS SOLUTIONS
New processes or novel applications of existing processes to improve the recovery of valuable minerals at lower capital or operating cost.
BULK MATERIAL MOVEMENT
Zero or low-carbon haul truck technologies such as diesel fuel replacements, H2 fuel cells, electric vehicles and trucks, overhead trolleys; conveyors, rail-veyor and other non-truck solutions. 
ELECTRIC VEHICLES (EV’s)
All-electric mines offer distinct advantages compared to conventional mines, especially in reducing diesel emissions and associated negative impacts on worker health. Areas of innovation that present significant opportunities include: EV battery management systems; regenerative braking systems; charging areas and systems to control charging related heat; scheduling and maintenance systems incorporating EV and blended EV/diesel fleets; smart ventilation systems.
PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT
Management of mobile fleets in mixed surface/underground environments; real-time activity monitoring in active working areas; data capture/access and telemetry solutions for mixed fleets; proximity warning and collision avoidance; ventilation on demand (VOD).
REMOTE / DISTRIBUTED POWER
Renewable/rechargeable sources including solar, wind, wave, geothermal, nuclear and fuel cells; storage technologies including batteries, flywheels, compressed air, thermal and pumped hydro-power; modular combined heat and power; micro/islanded grid technology; field gas powered equipment. Specific interest in high efficiency, low-emissions, cold weather-tolerant power generation technologies (50kW to +10MW) applicable to off-grid exploration or mine sites (e.g. methanol fuel cells that can use field-grade methanol, higher efficiency thermoelectric generators, micro-CHP systems). 
REMOTE SENSING
Use of unmanned aerial (drone) and satellite-based systems to improve efficiency and safety of operations including; facilities inspections, site progress surveys including stockpiles, environmental monitoring, security monitoring and alarm systems, supply delivery systems.
RESOURCE CHARACTERIZATION AND MINE PLANNING
Improving predictability and accuracy of resource estimates; reductions in elapsed time from sampling to digging (e.g. lab-on-a-rig); geochemistry in resource models and circuit designs; planning tools for combined surface and underground mines.
TAILINGS / WASTE HANDLING AND DISPOSAL
Reduced water consumption; lower impact/risk tailings disposal techniques; improved management of acid generating material; advances in reclamation.
WATER
Real-time monitoring including efficient sampling and analysis; beneficial re-use of produced water including recycling or conversion to solid salt suitable for secondary use (e.g. winter road maintenance or dust control); recycling of process water; new disposal methods; minimization of water volumes; well bore integrity monitoring systems; alternative sourcing and processing to freshwater; water-less processing; metals treatment.
ENERGY EFFICIENCY
More efficient comminution and recovery processes; more energy efficient and responsive drives and motors; efficient and clean generators; more efficient hybrid fuel (diesel and natural gas) engines that coordinate operations to provide power and response. Technologies that can economically convert waste heat sources (reciprocating engine exhaust heat and jacket water heat) into electricity at smaller scales (e.g. 20kW to 250kW). High efficiency engine technologies could include smaller scale natural gas fueled micro-turbine engines (<500kW). Small scale APUs on heavy equipment to eliminate idle during down time; ventilation on demand (VOD).
AUTOMATION
Automation has the potential to radically change the way mines operate. Technologies that will play a crucial role include: positioning and proximity sensors for autonomous vehicles; video imaging; predictive analytics; machine learning; data system efficiency; remote power; battery systems; remote charging; augmented reality; virtual reality.
Congratulations to the 2020 winner of the Mining Cleantech Challenge, Rail-Veyor!

They went home on Thursday, July 23, 2020, with a $5,000 prize. Their technology was chosen by mining executives and investors in the industry as the best among a competitive field of 13 total companies representing the U.S., Canada, Australia, and the UK. An international team of judges reviewed and voted on the winners at the first ever virtual Mining Cleantech Challenge.

Read the press release or the blog post for more info.

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.

Third place was awarded to Nanoseis, a company that specializes in high fidelity surface microseismic processing.

The top two placing companies are from Canada and third place company represents Colorado.