The Solar Bayer Alumina Project team confirms that solar could reduce the need for natural gas in the calcination process in alumina refineries, and have published an article in Green Chemistry.
Advanced technologies, including the Industrial Internet of Things, will be used by a new research consortium being launched today to help boost South Australia’s copper production and develop globally competitive mining technology services sector in the state.
IMER has been awarded a new project to extract copper and other minerals from sub-economic deposits. $2.8m awarded by the Australian Government’s Co-operative Research Centre Projects (CRC-P) Scheme to a collaboration led by Environmental Copper Recovery SA Pty Ltd and including researchers from the University of Adelaide.
Our researchers have found that introducing concentrating solar thermal (CST) technologies to the Bayer alumina process could enable a 29-45% solar share. This would displace the need for natural gas and decrease operating fuel costs.