Mine electrification, in open pits and underground, is inevitable. Whether the rationale is tied to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving employee health, cutting ventilation costs or increasing productivity, future operations will all be using a form of electricity to power machinery.
While much of the technology to go all-electric remains in its infancy, a number of mines are already using or factoring in the use of electric equipment for the reasons above. To meet this demand, OEMs are stepping up to the plate, with the help of much more powerful and efficient battery technology that has taken this market from trials and prototypes into a new mainstream.
This is a trend IM and its events division, IM Events, has been watching closely…and, now, we are ready to launch the first major conference with a global focus on this topic.
The Electric Mine conference, to be held in the Radisson Admiral hotel on the Toronto Harbourfront in Canada on April 4-5, 2019, will feature high quality presentations from miners, OEMs, engineering companies and think-tank institutions, highlighting technology advances, new designs and case studies from real mine trials or applications.
It will cover the electrification of mines both underground and on surface, including the rise of battery-powered solutions for loading and haulage, and the application of more efficient power infrastructure designs in mines.
The Electric Mine conference builds on IM Events’ success in holding focused technology meetings over the years. This includes five global In-Pit Crushing and Conveying (IPCC) conferences between 2011 and 2018, two Rapid Development events in 2013 and 2014, and two Mining Myanmar symposiums in 2014 and 2016.
If you’d like to hear more about The Electric Mine conference – including presenting and sponsorship opportunities – please feel free to get in contact with Editorial Director Paul Moore ([email protected]) or Editor Dan Gleeson ([email protected]).
Please see www.im-mining.com/events as well as @TheElectricMine for regular speaker addition and event updates, plus we will from now on be posting all relevant news to #TheElectricMine. We look forward to seeing you there!