VENTILATION – Energy savings possible for underground operations

MONTREAL, Quebec, and SUDBURY, Ontario - It takes three kinds of expertise to create an optimized ventilation-on-de...
MONTREAL, Quebec, and SUDBURY, Ontario - It takes three kinds of expertise to create an optimized ventilation-on-demand (VOD) solution for underground mines. JANNATEC RADIO TECHNOLOGIES, NEWTRAX TECHNOLOGIES and SIMSMART TECHNOLOGIES have teamed up and done exactly that.

Ventilation currently accounts for 35-50% of an underground mine's energy consumption. For large mines, this can represent up to $20-$30 million per year, according to the VOD developers. Their system enables optimal energy management of mine ventilation based on automated real-time tracking of diesel equipment and personnel combined with dynamic modeling, simulation and optimization of air mass flows. Underground mines with this type of a real-time optimized VOD system may benefit from a 20-50% reduction in ventilation energy costs, improved mine productivity, a decrease in skilled labour workload, improved miner safety and reduced carbon emissions.

The VOD system is composed of a battery-powered wireless communication infrastructure from Newtrax that connects hundreds of sensors, diesel equipment and mining personnel equipped with Johnny Light (TM) cap lamps from Jannatec to the Simsmart OM-VOD system.

To investigate the potential energy savings at your mine, contact Michel Mass at 514-923-9391 or mmasse@simsmart.com, or visit these web sites:www.Newtraxtech.com/en/underground/vod, www.Simsmart.com/index_files/Page3164.htm.

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