A total of $7.14m in innovation funding has been allocated in the second round of the METS Ignited Collaborative Project Funds.
Eight consortia received the funding to launch collaborative industry projects that will deliver highly-advanced solutions to a variety of mining challenges and contribute to the growth and capability of the METS sector.
Australian Minister for Jobs and Innovation Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash announced the recipients at an event in Perth on 3 July 2018.
METS Ignited is very pleased to be working with the following organisations on funding agreements for the second round:
- The University of Western Australia
- Manufacturing Intelligence
- 3ME Technology (formerly Energetique Mining Vehicles)
- Resolution Systems
- Micronised Mineral Systems.
University of Western Australia
Establishment of a dedicated Living Lab at UWA to enable METS companies to trial their technologiesto demonstrate performance to mining companies without the difficulty and expense of testing on mine sites.
The Emapper digital platform enables mining companies to meet their environmental rehabilitation obligations with greater certainty, more detail and at a significantly reduced cost – a complete picture of rehabilitation progress is available online in real time.
3ME Technology (formerly Energetique Mining Vehicles Pty Ltd)
Underground mining is moving to adopt battery electric vehicles (BEV) globally because of lower emissions, heat loads and maintenance costs. This project will enable Energetique to use its well-developed electric vehicle design capability to build and supply the Australian market initially before expanding overseas.
Overcoming an existing lack of geological data by enabling the collection of real-time data during blasthole drilling, and therefore producing more efficient blast designs.
This project will produce sensors and instrumentation for drilling – similar to those used in the oil and gas industry – that can withstand the mining environment and will lead to cost reductions in drilling of up to 50%.
Micronised Mineral Systems
Demonstrating a new process for treating residual water on minesites so it is environmentally benign at a much reduced operating and capital cost.
Development of sophisticated fleet management software which allows different operational areas of mine sites to communicate with one another and increase mine truck fleet productivity by 20%.
Manufacturing Intelligence Pty Ltd
Mine sites typically use multiple software packages to plan and manage all of the mining processes. This project will provide software to remove the constraints in moving data from one package to another, thus unlocking significant productivity improvements.