Small Hydropower Development for Mining Industry

by Robert N. Torbin, Foster-Miller Inc, Waltham, MA, USA,
Steven D. Lautenschlaeger, Foster-Miller Inc, Waltham, MA, USA,
Edward D. Thimons, Foster-Miller Inc, Waltham, MA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water for Resource Development


In deep mines, large refrigeration systems are employed to condition the working air to help control temperature and humidity. Large quantities of water are required to be brought into the mine (either as direct chilled water or as chiller service water) to operate these refrigeration systems. The large values of head and flow offer an excellent opportunity for energy recovery. Recognizing the value of this energy, the U. S. Bureau of Mines has undertaken a program to study the applicability of energy recovery techniques to the United States mining industry. To this end, the U. S. Bureau of Mines has contracted with Foster-Miller, Inc. of Waltham, Massachusetts, to investigate, evaluate and demonstrate commercially available means of efficiently recovering the energy from this incoming water source.

Subject Headings: Hydro power | Power plants | Mines and mining | Water supply systems | Energy recovery | Thermal power | Air temperature | HVAC | United States | Massachusetts

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