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Spotlight

More Mining with Less Fuel

Tue, 10/18/2016 - 10:39

With exploration budgets tightening and drilling an increasingly risky expense, many mine operators are focusing their attentions on improving internal processes. One avenue in which to hunt for profit is in energy efficiency, with new technologies for the segment constantly popping up on the market. RAISE Energy Solutions is a socially responsible company that works to improve clients’ energy conservation, generation, storage, and distribution. It has recently added the RAISE REDUCTION fuel catalyst to its diverse portfolio of energy saving solutions.

The catalyst is proven to reduce fuel consumption, harmful emissions, and engine maintenance costs while extending engine life for mine operations. It works by passing fuel over a patented combination of metals and rare earth elements, releasing a small amount of hydrogen and preconditioning the fuel to increase the surface area of the fuel molecules during combustion. When fuel is passed through the catalyst, a series of reactions occur. Firstly, the saturated straight chain aliphatic paraffins are converted into unsaturated ring compound aromatics, resulting in a release of a small amount of hydrogen gas. Secondly, clustered fuel molecules are separated, increasing their exposure to oxygen at the point of combustion. Finally, further reactions result in lowered vapor density, improved atomization, and cooler flames.

The catalyst, which can facilitate the flow of 1136-1700L at 55lbs/in2, is available in 17 different models for various applications and industries including mining, transportation, power generation, and furnaces. Applications based on elements including Zirconium, Cerium, Rhodium, Platinum, Palladium, and Iridium can benefit from the system. The catalyst is designed to maintain an internal pressure of up to 350lbs/in2, ensuring minimal flow restriction, while it is also equipped with JIC10 hydraulic fittings, although KIC8 and JIC6 fittings and a whole range of adaptors can also be used effectively. The fittings are installed metal-tometal, making an impenetrable seal.

Each unit undergoes rigorous testing before entering the market. Tests have been carried out by institutions including Virginia Tech University, the Italian Ministry of Defense, and the Southwest Research Institute. This extensive testing has yielded strong results. In over 20 years of test operation there has never been a report of a problem, and the catalyst has now been installed on over 28,000 projects In the private sector the system is used by Toyota Motors and Del Monte Food, while the New York City Department of Environmental Protection and the United States Coast Guard show the solutions’ public sector use.

The catalyst reduces off-road equipment fuel consumption by 3-8 percent, stationary generators’ consumption by 5-8 percent, and truck tractors’ usage by 11 percent. It can bring down greenhouse gas emissions by 19.2 percent, black smoke by 44.8 percent, and particulate matter by 58.2 percent. Crucially it also extends engine life by up to 20 percent, generating substantial savings for mining operations. Moreover, the system has no effect on the engine itself, rather it simply preconditions the fuel to accept more oxygen to improve combustion efficiency. Companies make a full ROI within 12 months. To add to the cost savings, the system is exceptionally easy to install on mining applications, requires no maintenance, and extends time between oil changes. It can also generate carbon credits given that for each 100 gallons of diesel fuel unconsumed, 1 metric ton of CO2 is prevented from being emitted into the atmosphere.

Aside from its industry-leading technology, RAISE Energy Solutions is also committed to social responsibility and is focused on educating clients about power usage, energy saving, and other environmental concerns. With each purchase from RAISE Energy, the customer participates in a donation of energy products and energy savings to those lacking necessary resources.

The RAISE REDUCTION fuel catalyst is still relatively new to the mining sector. However, with the extensive savings it can make to both underground and open pit operations and the increasingly open-minded approach adopted by top executives throughout the sector regarding technology, it should not be long before the largest players take notice of the solution.