Thirty eight of Australia’s tech companies have been shortlisted at the Australian Technologies Competition for the ATC16 Business Accelerator, with mining featuring heavily among the finalists.
The competition is in its sixth year, and it locates, mentors and develops companies with the greatest potential to go global.
The technologies with a mining interest include:
- Conveyor Manufacturers Australia’s REDLINE Conveyor System, a mono-rail mounted conveyor system that can be advanced and retracted into position via a pneumatic/hydraulic drive system.
- Core Resources’ Toowong Process: which enables the removal of toxic contaminants from mineral concentrates produced by mines and fixes them in an environmentally stable and non-toxic form.
- Cubic QED’s process which captures and transforms mineral salts from the discharge water of reverse osmosis desalination into mineral carbonates that become valuable commercial minerals.
- Elexon Mining’s Cave Tracker System which allows underground mine operators to measure movement in the underground orebody in near-real time to improve mine safety and productivity.
- HMS Group’s remote controlled mini loader for open cut mines or underground mines, designed to safely collect the coal that drops from the conveyor belt during operation.
- Long Pipes’ Fluid Highway, a continuous joint-free pipe, produced at 20 km/d using composite pipe technology cured onsite to provide s lighter and stronger solution for long distance transportation of fluids. It could potentially have a tailings application.
- Micronised Mineral Solutions’ solution that enables faster and more efficient decontamination of toxic mine water through the removal of 99.8 per cent of dissolved metals and the rebalancing of water pH to meet environmental requirements.
- SCT Operations’ ANZI cell, that measures the three dimensional in situ stresses in rock; a key parameter in mining, tunnelling, and related industries.
- SunSHIFT, a pre-engineered, pre-fabricated, moveable turnkey solar-PV solution designed to overcome the limitations of traditional solar-PV and enable new users, such as miners, to adopt alternative energy.
- Worldpoly’s Australian PolyForce technology provides automated, safe and consistent welding of HDPE pipe systems using current hydraulics and electronic controls and designed for remote and rugged use.