3 Ways to Know If Your Mining Site Is Inefficient

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June 5, 2020

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The global scarcity of water resources is one of the most hotly debated topics today. It is being discussed in UN assemblies, in G20 meetings, and other regional cooperation group. The reason for this is obvious—water is an essential resource not just for our survival, but also for all economic activities that occur around the world. 

In mining, which continues to one of the most significant industries in many regions worldwide, the efficient use of water is critical for the long-term health and sustainability of not just the mines themselves, but also the communities and regions in which they operate and the world as whole. As a responsible citizen of the world, it is your duty to find out if your mining site is efficient or not. Here are 3 ways to do that.  

1. Do You Know How Much Energy You Pay Per Liter/Gallon Of Water Treated? 

If you want to ensure efficient mining operations, then it is important that you do the math. Since there is a strong relationship between water and energy, you must find out how much energy you pay per liter/gallon for treating water and wastewater. To do the math, start by finding how much energy is needed to treat a liter/gallon of water. While the energy usage can vary depending on your treatment process and the equipment you use, you will generally need between 250 and 750 Kwh to treat about 200,000 gallons of wastewater. 

Artificial intelligence (AI) can ensure that your energy usage is near the lower end of this range. It will optimize the use of energy in water/wastewater treatment processes, by using water production scheduling and demand-driven pump station control set points to minimize system-wide energy and peak power (kVA) consumption.  

2. Are You Overdosing Chemicals To Achieve Compliance?  

Another thing that you need to be wary of is that you’re not overdosing chemicals to achieve compliance. 9 out of 10 times this will create problems for you. So, what should you do? Optimize chemical dosing in wastewater treatment processes 

By implementing AI, mines can monitor chemical dosing in water/wastewater, maximize %NTU removal, and make on-site or remote dosage changes. This will help to ensure that you stay within operational constraints and compliance limits while mining the operational expenditures (OPEX) from such activities.  

3. How Much Downtime Are You Experiencing On Your Filtration Membranes?  

The third and final way you can find out if your mining site is inefficient is by finding out how much downtime you are experiencing on your filtration membranes. If you find that it is significant, AI can help you minimize downtime and recovery, by optimizing traditional and water-driven membrane treatment systems. It can do this through membrane cleaning scheduling, membrane recovery optimization, and flocculation optimization. 

 

At Innovyze, we can help you achieve efficient mining sites by allowing you to leverage millions of datapoints to ensure efficient and consistent operation of the water system for better water management in mining. We utilize AI technology for this purpose. Get in touch with us today to know more about how we can help you. 

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