Digging Deeper into Sustainability – Key Disruptive Forces in Mining (Vol. 1)

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Key Disruptive Forces in Mining Report Overview

The mining sector is undergoing transformation through drivers such as enhanced safety, cost-cutting, enhanced productivity, and ESG goals. To achieve these objectives, the industry is adopting industry trends such as automation, alternate energy sources, connected mines, and workforce monitoring. Overall, the sector aims to improve sustainability, efficiency, and accountability while reducing risks and costs.

The ‘Digging deeper into sustainability: key disruptive forces in mining’ FutureTech series report categorizes key innovation areas in mining as emerging, accelerating, and maturing based on their rate of growth in innovation. Furthermore, the report casts light on the latest updates, deals, company filings, job analytics, noteworthy patents, and real-world innovations, as well as major geographies, top players, and recent developments in emerging innovation areas.

Mining Innovation Curve

Mining Innovation Curve

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Key Emerging Areas of Innovation in Mining

Mining companies are developing novel technologies and equipment to ensure the health and safety of miners, reduce carbon footprint, and increase efficiency and productivity. Some of the key emerging areas of innovation in the mining sector are hydraulic mining conveyors, tunnel ventilation systems, mining inspection robots, and tunnel safety devices.

Hydraulic Mining Conveyors: Hydraulic mining conveyors are machines used to transport materials from one location to another using hydraulic power. These conveyors use a system of pipes and water pressure to move the materials, allowing for efficient and high-volume transportation.

Tunnel Ventilation Systems: The tunnel ventilation system is a system designed to maintain safe air quality both inside and outside the tunnel to meet stringent air quality standards.

Mining Inspection Robots: A mining inspection robot is a type of robot that is designed to navigate and inspect underground mining environments. These are equipped with sensors and cameras to collect data and analyze on the mining site.

Tunnel Safety Devices: Tunnel safety devices are systems designed to detect, mitigate, and respond to various types of hazards that may occur in tunnels, such as fires, smoke, flooding, or accidents.

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Key Accelerating Areas of Innovation in Mining

Some of the key accelerating areas of innovation in the mining sector are alkaline metal recycling, remote tunnel monitoring systems, tunnel rescue/safety devices, and tunnel lining construction devices.

Alkaline Metal Recycling: Recycling alkaline metals such as Lithium, Potassium, Caesium, etc. involves electrolysis of their fused chloride forms. This is due to the highly reactive nature of alkali metals.

Remote Tunnel Monitoring Systems: Underground tunnel monitoring systems deploy a network of sensors over proprietary communication networks to provide critical information such as the structural and geotechnical behavior of a tunnel and underground conditions, among others.

Tunnel Rescue/Safety Devices: Tunnel rescue and safety systems help to rescue people inside a tunnel and to maintain air quality and control the spread of smoke in case of fire or a disaster.

Tunnel Lining Construction Devices: Tunnel linings are the support system of a tunnel or shaft. Tunnel lining can be temporary, primary, or permanent, and is constructed from steel and concrete in many forms.

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Key Maturing Areas of Innovation in Mining

Some of the key maturing areas of innovation in the mining sector are mine sensor network, mineral slitting machines, mine backfilling, and robotic coal mining.

Mine Sensor Network: Mine sensor network is a network of connected sensors to monitor mines and enhance operational safety and efficiency and optimize productivity.

Mineral Slitting Machines: A slitter machine (commonly referred to as a slitter rewinder) is a special type of equipment used to convert/slit many different materials so they can be cut down into narrower rolls.

Mine Backfilling: Backfilling is used to dispose of sludge and/ or tailings which may contain hazardous materials and to reduce surface environmental impacts by storing tailings underground.

Robotic Coal Mining: Robotic coal mining refers to fully autonomous mining systems that result in the most productivity gains as software controls one or more mining vehicles allowing operators to take on the role of mining facilitators, troubleshooting errors and monitoring efficiency.

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Key Disruptive Forces in Mining Report Overview

Key Emerging Areas Hydraulic Mining Conveyors, Tunnel Ventilation Systems, Mining Inspection Robots, and Tunnel Safety Devices
Key Accelerating Areas Alkaline Metal Recycling, Remote Tunnel Monitoring Systems, Tunnel Rescue/Safety Devices, and Tunnel Lining Construction Devices
Key Maturing Areas Mine Sensor Network, Mineral Slitting Machines, Mine Backfilling, and Robotic Coal Mining


The report provides:

  • Latest updates – recent updates in the mining sector
  • Deals – select VC and M&A-focused listings related to mining
  • Company filings – select filing extracts related to mining
  • Job analytics – select hiring trends in mining
  • Noteworthy patents – list of patents related to ESG and growth and productivity in mining
  • Real-world innovations – overview and real-world innovation use cases related to mining
  • Key disruptive forces in mining – presents the major drivers, trends, top tech themes, and emerging, accelerating, and maturing innovation areas with disruptive potential in mining.
  • Emerging innovation areas – overview of select emerging innovation areas to capture their disruptive potential, innovation drivers, recent developments, patents trends, and top players.

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Table of Contents

  1. Technology disruptions in mining
  2. Latest updates
  3. Deals
  4. Company filings
  5. Job analytics
  6. Noteworthy patents
  7. Real-world innovations
  8. Key disruptive forces in mining

    • Major drivers and trends
    • Technology exposure
    • Innovation curve: mining
    • Emerging, accelerating, and maturing innovation areas
    • Select companies innovating in the area

  9. Emerging areas of innovation
  10. Appendix

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