Systems modelling of mine water and energy tradeoffs

Woodley, Alan, Keir, Greg , & White, Jackson (2013) Systems modelling of mine water and energy tradeoffs. In Piani, Adrian (Ed.) The Sustainable Engineering Society (SEng) 2013 Conference, 18-20 September 2013, National Convention Centre, Canberra, ACT.


In the coming decades, the mining industry faces the dual challenge of lowering both its water and energy use. This presents a difficulty since technological advances that decrease the use of one can increase the use of the other. Historically, energy and water use have been modelled independently, making it difficult to evaluate the true costs and benefits from water and energy improvements. This paper presents a hierarchical systems model that is able to represent interconnected water and energy use at a whole of site scale. In order to explore the links between water and energy four technologies advancements have been modelled: use of dust suppression additives, the adoption of thickened tailings, the transition to dry processing and the incorporation of a treatment plant. The results show a synergy between decreased water and energy use for dust suppression additives, but a trade-off for the others.

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ID Code: 74593
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: water, energy, mining, minerals processing, systems modelling
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ENGINEERING DESIGN (120400) > Models of Engineering Design (120405)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
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Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 31 Jul 2014 22:54
Last Modified: 16 Aug 2014 23:27

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