Should we go green in mining?

Mining is one of the most controversial issues in the environmental sector. Environmentalists would say that there is no such thing as responsible mining but the thing is mining is also an essential industry. Minerals and various resources used for many finished products came from mining operations. The key question perhaps for mining operators is, “should we go green?” or more directly can they go green?

Should we go green in the mining industry?

​The answer to this question is definitely a yes because they can go green. How can they go green if they are extracting scarce and unrenewable resources? One of the solutions in going green is through their energy consumption. Why not switch from consuming electricity or coal power sources to one that is renewable – solar power.

Let us introduce you to Cat Hybrid Microgrid. The Cat® Microgrid system is the recipient of the 2017 POWER magazine commercial and industrial generation award. This renewable energy system contains both photovoltaic solar modules and energy storage. Through this system, you can assure increased energy efficiency with no reliance on the grid and optimal total cost of ownership, as well as the efficient power that can be produced where and when it’s needed without transmission lines and transformer losses. Also, the system provides high performance, a scalable system designed and built using standardized building blocks that are easy and quick to install even in challenging environments.

Should we go green with Cat Hybrid Microgrid?

​Indeed you should because it does not only provide a greener operation but also a better control of your system. Cat Hybrid Microgrid allows you to have a complete control of your system with its microgrid master controller (MMC) and Cat® Connect. The MMC manages every source in the entire Cat Microgrid system. This includes the main-grid when connected, keeping loads energized all the time, with high-quality power at the lowest cost.

Cat Connect helps you track and manage the operation of a microgrid system, confirm desired cost savings, flag potential problems, perform remote troubleshooting, and identify opportunities for further operational or system enhancement.

Has it been implemented already?

Cat Hybrid Microgrid system had already been implemented in other countries. In Gabon, Africa for example a solar power plant supplies water and clean drinking water for a wildlife camp. Lékédi Park is home to several fisheries as well as other wildlife indigenous to Central Africa. A private enterprise run by the Société d’Exploitation du Parc de Lékédi (SODEPAL), this 140 square-kilometer park was created by mining company COMILOG in an effort to promote tourism and create a protected area for animals.

Meanwhile in Green Valley, Arizona in the United States use to run on three Cat® C15 diesel gen sets ran continuously all year long, using approximately 250,000 gallons of diesel fuel each year.

In order to create a more renewable and sustainable energy solution the Cat migrogrid system was used as an alternative. With this, Tucson Proving Ground expects to reduce its diesel fuel use by 33 percent and its gen set operation by 25 percent.

Now is the time to go green and go for a Cat Hybrid Microgrid. For more information about this renewable energy system please contact Monark Equipment.