Ventilation is a prototypical real-time process that requires vigilant balancing of climate controls and the dilution of exhaust gases and hazardous substances to ensure a safe working environment. Not surprisingly, it can account for as much as 50% of the total energy consumption of a mine.
Historically, many of the variables operators needed to control to maintain optimal air conditions consistently throughout the mine have been invisible to them. All that is changing with new technologies and more effective management approaches that enable you to bring the supply of ventilation in line with actual demand.
Key ventilation challenges for mine operators include clearing air polluted by diesel vehicles and blasting in underground mines, and high energy costs for sending fresh air to underground mines.
Today’s smart ventilation solutions offer a control system that “knows” the location of each person and asset in a mine; compile information from gas, flow, and temperature sensors; and enable mine-wide control of fans and air regulators.
Systems that learn and adapt over time intelligently adjust and optimize air-flow to maximize air quality while minimizing energy consumption.
In addition to a healthier working environment underground, the benefits to smart ventilation include:
Faster evacuation of blast gases
Less energy consumption
Better utilization of existing infrastructure
ABB Ability™ solutions for mining enable you to cut ventilation energy costs by up to 54% and air heating costs by 21%. They also enable air quality to be more consistent and reliable, while ensuring that energy consumption and costs are reduced. Potential problems are identified more quickly and blast gases are evacuated faster, decreasing downtime.
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