Systems modelling of mine water and energy tradeoffs

Woodley, Alan, Keir, Greg and White, Jackson (2013). Systems modelling of mine water and energy tradeoffs. In: Sustainable Engineering Society (SENG) 2013 Conference: Looking back ...looking forward. Sustainable Engineering Society (SENG) 2013 Conference, Canberra, Australia, (214-220). 18-19 September 2013.

Author Woodley, Alan
Keir, Greg
White, Jackson
Title of paper Systems modelling of mine water and energy tradeoffs
Conference name Sustainable Engineering Society (SENG) 2013 Conference
Conference location Canberra, Australia
Conference dates 18-19 September 2013
Proceedings title Sustainable Engineering Society (SENG) 2013 Conference: Looking back ...looking forward
Place of Publication Barton, ACT, Australia
Publisher Sustainable Engineering Society, Engineers Australia.
Publication Year 2013
Sub-type Fully published paper
Open Access Status
ISBN 9781922107107
Start page 214
End page 220
Total pages 7
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Abstract/Summary In the coming decades, the mining industry faces the dual challenge of lowering both its water and energy use. This presents a difficulty since technological advances that decrease the use of one can increase the use of the other. Historically, energy and water use have been modelled independently, making it difficult to evaluate the true costs and benefits from water and energy improvements. This paper presents a hierarchical systems model that is able to represent interconnected water and energy use at a whole of site scale. In order to explore the links between water and energy four technologies advancements have been modelled: use of dust suppression additives, the adoption of thickened tailings, the transition to dry processing and the incorporation of a treatment plant. The results show a synergy between decreased water and energy use for dust suppression additives, but a trade-off for the others.
Q-Index Code EX
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Presented as Paper 1.3.1 during the Session "Mining".

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Created: Mon, 02 Dec 2013, 10:25:51 EST by Alan Woodley on behalf of Centre for Water in the Minerals Industry