New App Looks to Improve Collaboration in the Mining Industry
2014 was not a great year for the mining industry. It suffered from record low commodity prices and endured global stagnation with hits to productivity and profitability. In general, it struggled to find its groove.
The industry is searching for answers. On the list of possible solutions is collaboration.
“By working together, universities and industries can advance mutual interests and serve their communities,” said Samuel Frimpong, Professor and Chair of the Department of Mining and Nuclear Engineering at the Missouri University of Science and Technology.
“These two organizations can work together through collaborative research opportunities where each entity provides talent and resources to solve problems for a desired cause.”
From partnerships with universities to interactions with rival companies, collaboration is expected to play a pivotal role in helping mining companies succeed in the future. In addition, it will also help to better serve employees.
The likes of Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn have all been essential for miners to stay connected. However, not everyone in the field of mining has time to switch through various networks to stay up-to-date with people and professionals that matter most.
Welcome to businessfriend, a simple and attractive app that allows users to easily execute all business and social affairs in one powerful, mobile-first platform.
“On any given day, the typical young professional can have as many as five platforms open to get them through their day,” said Glen White, Founder and CEO of businessfriend.
“We offer one complete forum that enables constant connectivity for optimal business communications. One mobile app, one desktop, any device – no more juggling apps.”
Key features include video chat, IM, and free VoIP calls, up to two gigabytes of free Cloud storage, Digidex™contact management system, document downloading and sharing, social feed, connectivity to colleagues and peers without sharing personal contact information, easy sign-up and much more.
The app made its official debut earlier this year launching at CES 2015 in Las Vegas. Watch the podcast here.
For the mining industry to improve in 2015, more collaboration and technology is imperative, and the term "Loose lips sinks ships" is no longer applicable.
Rio Tinto and Alcoa begin construction with ELYSIS tech
Eliminating all direct greenhouse gases from aluminium smelting has taken a major step forward with the start of construction on the first commercial-scale prototype cells of ELYSIS’ inert anode technology, at Rio Tinto’s Alma smelter in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, Quebec.
ELYSIS has the potential to reduce the carbon footprint of aluminium production
ELYSIS is a joint venture company led by Rio Tinto and Alcoa that is developing a new breakthrough technology, known as inert anode, that eliminates all direct greenhouse gases (GHGs) from the traditional smelting process and instead produces oxygen.
The technology has the potential to transform the aluminium industry, with a significant reduction in its carbon footprint.
The inert anode prototype cells will operate on a commercial scale typical for large modern aluminium smelters, using an electrical current of 450 kiloamperes (kA).
The Honourable Francois-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry joined representatives from ELYSIS, Rio Tinto and Alcoa to mark the start of construction and announce a further CAD $20mn financial contribution from the Government of Canada to support the project.
The federal government's financial support will enable the creation of a unique commercial size inert anode technology showroom for future customers and will help develop the supply chain by involving local and regional equipment manufacturers and suppliers in the project.
ELYSIS is working to complete the technology demonstration by 2024 followed by the commercialization activities.
ELYSIS technology at a glance:
- The ELYSIS technology addresses the global trend towards producing low carbon footprint products, from mobile phones to cars, planes and building materials.
- The new process will reduce operating costs ofaluminiumsmelters while increasing production capacity. It could be used in both new and existing aluminium smelters.
- In Canada alone, the ELYSIS technology has the potential to reduce GHG emissions by 7 million tons, the equivalent of removing 1.8 million cars from the roads.
- ELYSIS will also sell next-generation anode and cathode materials, which will last more than 30 times longer than traditional components.
Alcoa and Rio Tinto will continue to support the ELYSIS development program alongside the Governments of Canada and Quebec.
ELYSIS is working closely with Alcoa's Technical Center, where the zero-carbon smelting technology was invented, and the Rio Tinto technology design team in France.
Alcoa's Technical Center supports ELYSIS in the manufacture of proprietary materials for the new anodes and cathodes that are essential to the ELYSIS process. The Rio Tinto technology team in France is creating commercial scale designs for the ELYSIS technology.
Vincent Christ, CEO, ELYSIS commented: “This is a great day for ELYSIS. It means that we are becoming the first technology company in the world to build commercial-size inert anode cells. While we refine the technology in our R&D Centre, we start the construction of our prototype cells. This shows our confidence in our process and in the know-how of our team. The combination of ELYSIS' zero CO2 technology and Quebec's renewable energy will be great competitive advantage for the future. I would like to thank the government for its support and all the partners for their commitment.”
Samir Cairae, Rio Tinto Aluminium managing director Atlantic Operations and ELYSIS board member added: “Today marks a real step towards the future of the aluminium industry, by progressing this breakthrough technology to cut carbon emissions. Rio Tinto is committed to supporting its ongoing development here in Quebec where we already use clean hydropower to deliver some of the world’s lowest carbon aluminium. Combining this technology with renewable hydropower holds the promise of zero carbon aluminium smelting.”