Salty waste a potentially sweet deal
Using desalination plants’ hyper-saline discharge in solar salt fields could increase production and halve the space required by conventional salt fields, research that uses technoeconomics is finding.
High amp testing: Energy savings
Jodie Parry investigates an unlikely source of energy loss in the metal production industry - the humble electrical connection.
Analyser puts water problems to bed
Researchers have enhanced moisture analyser technology so that it is better suited to the increased conveyor-bed depths used by today’s iron ore and coal producers.
Technology for rapid mineralogical analysis
An automated mineralogical analysis technology that helps resource companies improve metal recoveries and reduce waste streams also has applications in forensics, environmental geology, coal and petroleum mineralogy and archaeological research.
The first issue of resourceful was published in July, 2012.
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Collaboration: 20 years and counting
This year the Queensland Centre for Advanced Technologies celebrates its 20th anniversary, and Maryrose Cuskelly thinks there’s plenty more to come
Industry engagement: United nation
Over its 20-year lifespan the Parker Centre delivered world class hydrometallurgy research to the Australian minerals industry, but it seems all good things have to come to an end. Adam Courtenay reports
New research: Organic meets inorganic
Mineral explorers have had great success in using ancient coral reefs to find zinc deposits in the Kimberley, but links between organic matter and ore deposits remain a mystery. A WA research cluster is examining this relationship. Tim Treadgold reports
New research: Paradigm shift
Research and industry partners have come together to develop practical tools to predict the performance of certain ore bodies throughout the processing stage of the mine cycle. David Simpson reports
International: The Chilean connection
The CSIRO Chile Centre of Excellence is the first offshore venture for CSIRO. Kathy Uribe investigates how Australia’s national science agency ended up in South America
Research perspective: Strength in numbers
Australia’s future depends on research and industry working together, writes Dr Calum Drummond, group executive of manufacturing, materials and minerals research at CSIRO