May 17, 2020

The Most Productive Coal Mine in the World

Peabody Energy
Wyoming
Coal
North Antelope Rochelle
Admin
2 min
Out in Wyoming, near rancher land, rests the single largest coal mine in the world—the North Antelope Rochelle mine. (Dave Honan)
Out in Wyoming, near rancher land, rests the single largest coal mine in the world—the North Antelope Rochelle mine.Situated in the Powder River B...

Out in Wyoming, near rancher land, rests the single largest coal mine in the world—the North Antelope Rochelle mine.

Situated in the Powder River Basin, this massive undertaking in energy extraction, with its jutting structures and massive hauling vehicles, dominates the landscape. Owned and operated by Peabody Energy, the North Antelope Rochelle mine spans about 100 square miles, according to Scott Durgin, senior vice president of Powder River Basin operations.

“You’re looking at the world’s largest mine,” Durgin told The Guardian. “This is one of the biggest seams you will ever see. This particular shovel is one of the largest shovels you can buy, and that is the largest truck you can buy.”

The Powder River Basin is so prolific that operations there have caused Wyoming to overtake West Virginia and Kentucky as the largest coal production state in the nation. In fact, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), about 7.072 million tonnes of coal was produced in Wyoming last week alone. By comparison, West Virginia, the runner up, produced roughly 1.891 million tonnes over the same period of time, meaning Wyoming had about 374 percent of their output.

Inside the North Antelope Rochelle mine itself, which as The Guardian pointed out is roughly the size of Washington D.C., is a company-estimated 3 billion tonnes of coal reserves. While it’s difficult to even comprehend the amount of energy in that much coal, it can be put another way.

The EIA estimates that in 2013, coal accounted for roughly 39 percent of U.S. energy generation. Chris Curran of Peabody told The Guardian that roughly 12 percent of that coal came from the North Antelope Rochelle mine alone. That means that about 4.68 percent of the country’s energy comes from that mine alone.

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Jun 2, 2021

Ericsson Private 5G to transform secure on-site connectivity

Ericsson
Boliden
5G
Smart Mining
3 min
Ericsson Private 5G is a next-gen private cellular 4G & 5G network tailored to drive Industry 4.0 and the digital transformation of industries like mining

Ericsson has launched Ericsson Private 5G. It offers secure and simple 4G LTE and 5G Standalone (SA) connectivity primarily targeting manufacturing, mining and process industries, offshore and power utilities, as well as ports and airports.

 

Ericsson

Ericsson Private 5G optimizes and simplifies business operations with cloud-based network management, keeps sensitive data on-premise, has zero downtime upgrades and guarantees high performance through Service-Level Agreements (SLAs).

It is easily installed within hours at any facility and can be scaled to support larger coverage areas, more devices and higher capacity when needed. The product is designed to be flexible and will support a range of deployment sizes, depending on requirements, to suit varied needs. Businesses can manage their networks and integrate with IT/OT systems via an open API.

5G

Ericsson Private 5G builds upon Ericsson’s 4G/5G radio and dual mode core technology, enabling a wide variety of use cases for both indoor and outdoor environments while integrating well with business operations, devices and applications. As a result, companies can improve productivity, give their customers more value and provide better working environments for employees.

Innovative use cases include tracking assets and real-time automation to improve productivity in warehouses, and a digital twin that can help to optimize manufacturing operations. Efficient quality inspections can also be performed via augmented reality or smart surveillance drones to increase worker safety, particularly in potentially hazardous environments such as ports and mines.

Boliden

Ericsson already has a significant track record of operational 4G and 5G private network deployments with customers worldwide. Ericsson Private 5G builds on the success of that solution portfolio and deployment insights, as well as insights from projects such as 5G-Industry Campus Europe.

Peter Burman, Program Manager Mine Automation, at Swedish mining company Boliden, commented: “Automation, and safety through automation in our mining operations is an absolute must for us. Ericsson Private 5G is exactly what Boliden needs to bring high quality, fast and secure connectivity into potentially hazardous environments allowing us to mobilize efficiency and safety improving use cases.

Niels König, Coordinator 5G-Industry Campus Europe, Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT added: “Private 5G networks are highly attractive for producing companies because of the uncompromised performance that 5G can bring, allowing them to tackle the challenges of production. Efficiently deploying and using network solutions in enterprises requires simplicity in installation, flexibility in connecting to existing production IT and lean operations while at the same time being able to scale the network to meet future challenges. Ericsson Private 5G delivers exactly these capabilities.”

Ericsson

Enterprise Networks

Leo Gergs, Senior Analyst, ABI Research, noted: “With this new offering, Ericsson will be able to address key trends in the enterprise cellular market.  The value proposition will appeal to operators and service providers as the solution hides technology complexity and therefore reduces the barrier of entry to deployment for many different flavors of enterprise networks.”

Thomas Noren, Head of Dedicated Networks, Business Area Technologies and New Businesses, Ericsson, revealed: “With Ericsson Private 5G, we take the best of Ericsson’s current portfolio and top it up with the best of our new technology. We do this to give businesses what they need to improve productivity, enable new offerings and give employees a better working environment. With Ericsson Private 5G, we also give operators a better way to serve business customers and leverage their assets - in short, to grow beyond mobile broadband.”

Ericsson recently joined a three-year initiative to develop autonomous, carbon-neutral mining processes supported by 5G connectivity. Funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program, the $16mn Next-Generation Carbon-Neutral Pilots for Smart Intelligent Mining Systems (NEXGEN SIMS) project is being coordinated by Swedish mining and infrastructure equipment manufacturer, Epiroc, in cooperation with a range of industry-diverse partners, including: Ericsson, K+S, Boliden, Agnico Eagle Finland, KGHM Polska and Luleå University of Technology.

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