MachineMax: One of Oren Marketplace’s first offerings
We take a closer look at IoT-based MachineMax, one Oren Marketplace’s first offerings
What is Oren Marketplace?
Developed and launched by Shell and IBM, Oren is a global B2B Digital mining services marketplace platform, co-developed by the companies aimed at helping mining companies find solutions related to safety, sustainability, mine planning and operational efficiency.
By hosting new technology and digital solutions in one place with a particular focus on Artificial Intelligence (AI), Oren aims to accelerate the digitisation of the mining industry, speed up the transformation of mining workflows and build in more operational resiliency in a rapidly changing world.
MachineMax: IoT for fleets and machines
MachineMax was added recently to Oren Marketplace’s growing range of solutions. You can keep track of Oren’s new solutions by keeping an eye on . Exciting announcements are set to be relieved within the coming weeks as the company plans to onboard a number of innovative digital solutions.
Founded in 2018, London-based MachineMax specialises in an innovative equipment management platform designed specifically for off-highway heavy equipment users, helping them to maximise profitability and productivity for each machine in use.
Backed by Shell and BCG Digital Ventures, the MachineMax team includes a wide range of industry professionals including engineers, scientists, designers and more.
MachineMax was introduced as a solution to digitalise as much heavy equipment and machinery as possible in order to integrate data from each on-board system for companies with mixed fleets in use.
MachineMax’s mission, described by the company itself, is: “to track and improve productivity through enhanced utilisation, providing actionable insights to eliminate excessive idling and cut down on emissions, globally.”
Since it began operating around two years ago solely in the United Kingdom, MachineMax recently signed a deal with Imerys, agreeing to partner on a global rollout programme allowing the equipment management platform to reach a further 11 countries across the globe.
The webinar will also include information about how the rise of AI has shaped asset-intensive industries such as Mining, addressing issues around safety, equipment optimisation and workforce management. You will walk away with 3 ideas to help step change how mining can approach AI.
Rio Tinto partners with ARENA for green hydrogen research
Rio Tinto has partnered with the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) to study whether hydrogen can replace natural gas in alumina refineries to reduce emissions.
Rio Tinto and ARENA partnering for green energy push
Rio Tinto will conduct a $1.2mn feasibility study, equally funded with ARENA through a $580,000 grant, into using clean hydrogen to replace natural gas in the calcination process of refining at the Yarwun alumina refinery in Gladstone.
The study program includes work to be done at Rio Tinto’s Bundoora Technical Development Centre in Melbourne, where Rio Tinto’s in-house development capability has now been extended to hydrogen.
ARENA CEO Darren Miller commented: “If we can replace fossil fuels with clean hydrogen in the refining process for alumina, this will reduce emissions in the energy and emissions intensive refining stage of the aluminium supply chain. Exploring these new clean energy technologies and methods is a crucial step towards producing green aluminium.
“This study will investigate a potential technology that can contribute to the decarbonisation of the Australian alumina industry. If successful, the technical and commercial lessons from Rio Tinto’s study could lead to the implementation of hydrogen calcination technology, not only in Australia, but also internationally.”
Rio Tinto Aluminium Pacific Operations acting managing director Daniel van der Westhuizen added: “We see the ARENA and Rio Tinto-funded study as a step towards reducing refinery emissions and one that has the potential to play an important part in Rio Tinto’s commitment to decarbonisation.
“We’re investing in work that needs to be done, not only to decarbonise one of our sites, but also to help provide a lower-emissions pathway for Rio Tinto and the global aluminium industry.
“We recognise we are on a long road towards reducing emissions across our operations and there is clearly more work to be done. But projects such as this are an important part of helping us get there.”
Can hydrogen replace natural gas in alumina refineries?
The study comprises two distinct work packages:
- Preliminary engineering and design study conducted to understand the construction and operational requirements of a potential demonstration project at the Yarwun alumina refinery.
- Simulating the calcination process using a lab scale reactor at the Bundoora Technical Development Centre.
Once complete, the study will inform the viability of a potential demonstration project. Rio Tinto has lodged patents for the hydrogen calcination process.
Rio Tinto aiming for net zero by 2050
Rio Tinto is aiming to reach net zero emissions across its operations by 2050. Across the company, it is targeting a 15% reduction in absolute emissions and a 30% reduction in emissions intensity by 2030, from a 2018 baseline.
Aluminium is found in everything from cars to phones. But one of the challenges of producing this essential material responsibly is finding ways to decarbonise the process.
Part of the reason is creating alumina – the main ingredient in aluminium – takes a lot of energy, which in turn creates greenhouse gas emissions. New technologies will be essential to helping reduce emissions, but many haven’t been proven. And some not yet even discovered. Rio Tinto's transformation is being driven by innovation and its partnership with ARENA is a positive step towards these goals.