3 Ways to Adopt Sustainable Mining Operations

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July 24, 2020

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Today, artificial intelligence (AI) is developing at rapid pace and is gradually starting to transform the mining industry. With mining machinery becoming increasingly advanced, the industry can benefit greatly from the use of sophisticated AI technology in terms of both operational performance and cost reduction. The following are 3 ways you can use AI to increase the adoption of sustainable mining operations for operational efficiency and reduced costs.  

1. Optimize Water and Wastewater Treatment Processes to Increase Water Reuse  

AI enables sustainable mining operations by optimizing traditional and membrane driven water treatment systemsAdditionally, it enables the increased reuse of water in wastewater treatment processes by allowing operators to recirculate process water to minimize water intake, tailing storage, and effluent discharge volumes.  

2. Optimize Membrane to Reduce Downtime and Recovery to Increase Water Throughput  

AI optimizes membrane downtime and recovery by enabling membrane recovery optimization, membrane cleaning scheduling, and filtration optimization.  Feed water quality predictions are used to optimize the recovery of the membrane. On the other hand, the CIP setpoints of the membrane are optimized to maximize the membrane service life while minimizing its downtime and chemical usage. Finally, AI reduces filter particle breakthrough while maximizing backwash cycles. 

3. Leverage AI to Help Ensure Compliance While Reducing Costs  

By providing the ability to access and share data about your mining operations in real-time, AI allows mines to reach new levels of efficiency and accuracy.  By sharing your data in real-time for constantly changing conditions, you can improve communication between everyone to allow them to adapt SOPs to changing conditions.  

In addition to the above, AI ensures that operational and regulatory compliance limits are met in water and wastewater treatment at mining sites. It does this by optimizing chemical dosing in wastewater processes.  Chemical dosing is a key step in wastewater treatment for mining operations. Cost savings can be achieved in wastewater processes by reducing energy costs, sludge production, and chemical costs 

Not only does AI help to reduce your OPEX by optimizing chemical dosing in wastewater processes, but it optimizes your chemical dosage setpoints to ensure that you do not stray outside of the compliance limits. In other words, AI helps to maintain operational constraints and ensures that your water and wastewater treatment stays within the compliance limits, allowing you to avoid the hefty costs of non-compliance. 

 

At Innovyze, we can help to minimize operational expenditure at your mining site while ensuring compliance with applicable standards by allowing you to leverage millions of datapoints to ensure efficient and consistent operation of the water system. We can enhance the efficiency of your water and wastewater treatment processes through AI-enabled technologies that not only facilitate water conservation in mining but also enhance mining water management performance to ensure sustainable mining operations. Get in touch with us today to know more about how we can help you.  

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