Mining Cleantech Challenge

March 21, 2019 | Denver, CO | Presented By CCIA

Connecting the Mining Industry with Clean Technology Innovation

Program Overview
To be successful in today’s mining industry, you need advanced solutions, solutions that impact your bottom line but also advance your social license to operate. Mining companies are looking for ways to save water and energy within their facilities and are engaging their suppliers to integrate practices that conserve resources through remote sensing, on-site power, data analytics, and other methods.
The third annual Mining Cleantech Challenge quickly and 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 simultaneously introducing innovative solutions to the marketplace.
There are no geographic restrictions or requirements for participating companies. All participating companies have an opportunity to connect on potential commercial contracts, and the winning company receives a $5,000 prize.

Read the press release announcing the 2019 call for applications. Applications for the 2019 program are now closed. For more information email

Interested in meeting the Mining Cleantech Challenge presenting companies? Good news! While the pitch session is closed to the public, we will be hosting a reception for sponsors, partners, presenting companies and guests at the Governor’s Residence in Denver from 5:00 – 7:00 PM.

Mining companies are looking for the following technologies:


(including but not limited to)
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.


(including but not limited to)
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.


(including but not limited to)
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 sale APUs on heavy equipment to eliminate idle during down time; ventilation on demand (VOD).


(including but not limited to)
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.


(including but not limited to)
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.


(including but not limited to)
Ore sorting at the shovel or mine face; coarse waste reduction prior to the plant; other rejection techniques to reduce energy and reagent application low grade or barren material.


(including but not limited to)
new processes or novel applications of existing processes to improve the recovery of valuable minerals at lower capital or operating cost.


(including but not limited to)
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.


(including but not limited to)
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).


(including but not limited to)
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).


(including but not limited to)
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.


(including but not limited to)
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.


(including but not limited to)
Reduced water consumption; lower impact/risk tailings disposal techniques; improved management of acid generating material; advances in reclamation, reprocessing of tailings/waste material. Cyanide recovery or exchange, predictive modeling for waste rock dumps, cover material performance and selection.


(including but not limited to)
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; metals treatment, water-less processing, minimization or treatment of nitrogen species, ion exchange resins for sulfate solutions, specifically tailored toward penalty speciation, functional RO.

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Congratulations to the 2018 winner of the Mining Cleantech Challenge, Access Sensor Technologies!

They went home on Thursday, March 29, 2018, with a $5,000 prize for their sensor card technology.

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

Pictured from left: Shelly Curtiss, CCIA executive director; Thomas Reilly, Access Sensor Technologies chief science officer; Ed Williams, CCIA board chair; and Josephine Hofstetter, Access Sensor Technologies research director

In second place was Rentricity Inc., a renewable energy company from New York that designs and installs a unique energy recovery system.

Third place was awarded to Hydrostor, from Toronto, Canada, a leading energy storage technology company with a patented and bankable Advanced-Compressed Air Energy Storage (A-CAES) solution.