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DOE Provides $3 Million for Energy-Efficient Mining
DOE announced on March 7th that it will provide more than $3 million to five new research and development (R&D) projects that aim to improve the energy efficiency of the U.S. mining industry. The industry partners on the five projects will kick in an additional $4.6 million, bringing the total value of the projects to $7.6 million. The projects will develop systems to more effectively manage mineral processing, test surface treatment processes to reduce wear and corrosion in processing equipment, and try out new high-efficiency hydraulic separators. Industry-specific projects include the development of new grinders for copper ores and tests of a new binding agent to improve energy recovery and minimize waste during coal processing. See the DOE press release.
The five mining projects represent the latest in the series of collaborative R&D partnerships formed between DOE's Industrial Technologies Program and energy-intensive U.S. industries through the Industries of the Future program.