Mining For Our Future

Innovative technologies made possible through and employed by mining are providing the mineral and energy resources essential for a better life and a better future.

Minerals play a leading role in nearly every aspect of the modern American experience. Copper, zinc and other minerals are essential in electric and hybrid vehicles. Silver and copper’s natural antibacterial qualities make them ideal for medical applications. And copper’s high thermal conductivity makes it a preferred material for wiring homes and office buildings.

And when it comes to the energy that is powering today’s innovations, new technologies are making combustion of coal more efficient and cleaner. Dramatic reductions of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide and particulate matter that have already been achieved show how advancements in emissions technology hold even more promise for the future.

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Rio Tinto Kennecott Becomes a Hub for Innovation

Rio Tinto Kennecott, located 35 miles southwest of Salt Lake City, Utah, is one of the world’s most innovative mining operations. It comprises the Bingham Canyon Mine, Copperton Concentrator, Garfield Smelter, refinery and power plant. The business produces copper, molybdenum, gold, silver and sulphuric... Read More

Mining For Our Future

Caterpillar: Bringing Mining Innovation to Deep Space

Often cited as a global mining equipment giant, Caterpillar Inc. has expanded its reach and is teaming up with NASA to create revolutionary housing solutions for Earth and beyond. “NASA is closer to sending American astronauts to Mars than at any point in our history,” said former NASA Administrator... Read More

Rio Tinto: Using Cutting-Edge Technology to Mine a Mile Down

Innovation isn’t limited to the technologies minerals and metals help create; it’s also a large part of the changing methods mining companies use to secure these raw materials. A perfect example is from copper giant Rio Tinto, who plans to deploy tens of thousands of electronic sensors to help operate... Read More

Hitachi Showcases Mining Innovation at Trade Show

At last year’s MINExpo® INTERNATIONAL, Hitachi Construction Machinery showcased everything from autonomous haulage systems to new trolley truck technology to electric powered hydraulic mining excavators -- all designed to meet increasing customer demand for solutions that lower operating costs and ultimately... Read More

Resolution Copper: Investing in Our Future

Copper is essential to the way we live. It brings clean water, efficient energy transmission and it is a known antimicrobial that can help eliminate the spread of harmful viruses and bacteria. It is a crucial mineral in energy-efficient transportation, infrastructure and industry.  It is one of the most... Read More

Joy Global: Combining Fuel Consumption and Energy Storage Solutions

Answering the industry’s dual calls for reduced costs and more environmentally-friendly solutions, Joy Global recently introduced its new KESS unit, or Kinetic Energy Storage System, that pairs with its proven Joy SR (Switched Reluctance) Hybrid Drive motors. Officially debuted at MINExpo® 2016, the... Read More