A reduction in fossil fuel carbon emissions is recognised as a major challenge for carbon-intensive industries such as mining and there is a growing use of innovative technologies to achieve this aim.
"Accelerated net-zero mining starts with clever technology applied to carbon footprint," says MaxMine CEO Coert du Plessis.
The company explains that its military grade sensors and cloud-based processing cloud, called MaxCube, are designed to extract and process 10 000 times more data from mining equipment and operator behaviour than traditional mining technologies. It aims to provide highly accurate, trusted data that is automatically converted and contextualised into practical measures that mines can take to significantly reduce carbon emissions.
Covering mine, machine and operator performance, urgent actions and decisions are communicated directly to operators, improvement leaders, and mine operators.
"Our customers will be able to leverage the MaxMine Carbon Driver Tree and our new online MaxMine Carbon Calculator to provide a baseline of their current carbon emissions," says Du Plessis.
Sites can quantify their current carbon emissions and then make critical trade-off decisions towards reducing emissions, whilst maintaining and even improving productivity. The tool can be used to measure a highly detailed carbon footprint across an entire mine, from every piece of equipment to each individual operator's behaviour.
"Clients can expect MaxMine Carbon to pay for itself in just 20 weeks from fuel savings alone," asserts Du Plessis. "When combined with the broader MaxMine suite, this figure drops to less in ten weeks."
"The average mine site is 150 000 t of carbon per year from the diesel fleet, and we can save up to 30 000 t of that CO2 right now every year," he says. "If we don't reduce carbon every year, raw material prices will rise significantly across the supply chain, hampering net-zero for the world."