Encouraging new technologies and their adoption

The Australian Technologies Competition (ATC) has shortlisted 38 of Australia’s most exciting technology companies for the ATC16 Business Accelerator. These Semi Finalists are industry leading innovators with the capability to become game-changers. Mining features heavily among these finalists.

Now in its sixth year, the ATC finds, mentors and develops Australia’s best technology companies with the greatest global potential. The ATC16 Business Accelerator helps turn good technologies into great businesses. The mining interest technologies are:

Conveyor Manufacturers Australia’s REDLINE Conveyor System is a mono-rail mounted conveyor system that can be advanced and retracted into position via a pneumatic/hydraulic drive system.

Core Resources’ Toowong Process is a novel technology enabling the removal of toxic contaminants from mineral concentrates produced by mines and fix them in an environmentally stable and non-toxic form.

Cubic QED’s process captures and transforms mineral salts from the discharge water of reverse osmosis desalination into mineral carbonates that become valuable commercial minerals.

Elexon Mining’s Cave Tracker System provides underground mine operators with the ability to measure movement in the underground orebody in near-real time to improve mine safety and productivity.

HMS Group’s remote controlled mini loader for open cut mines or underground mines is designed to safely collect the coal that drops from the conveyor belt whilst the belt is still operating.

Long Pipes’ Fluid Highway is a continuous joint-free pipe, produced at 20 km/d using composite pipe technology cured onsite to provide the lightest, strongest, toughest, fastest to install, longest lasting, cheapest solution for long distance transportation of fluids. Perhaps it has a tailings application?

Micronised Mineral Solutions has developed a solution that enables faster and more efficient decontamination of toxic mine water through the removal of 99.8% of dissolved metals and the rebalancing of water pH to meet environmental requirements.

SCT Operations’ ANZI cell is a device that measures the three dimensional in situ stresses in rock, a key parameter in mining, tunnelling, and related industries.

SunSHIFT is a pre-engineered, pre-fabricated, moveable turnkey solar-PV solution specifically designed to overcome the limitations of traditional solar-PV and enable new users, such as miners, to adopt alternative energy.

Worldpoly’s Australian PolyForce technology provides automated, safe and consistent welding of HDPE pipe systems using current hydraulics and electronic controls and designed for remote and rugged use.

In International Mining’s own Technology Hall of Fame, the judging panel for 2016 is currently hard at work, deciding who will be the 2016 inductees. We expect to be able to announce the inductees in October.

They will be celebrated at presentations for both 2015 and 2016 inductees, in cooperation with Hatch as lead sponsor, at a gala dinner, in conjunction with the SME (www.im-halloffame.com) on February 20 2017 at the Brown Palace Hotel in Denver during the SME annual meeting. Sponsorship packages are available and nominations for 2017 are now open.