New technology can be introduced in a variety of ways in the processing channel. One that offers evidence of extreme profit potential is advanced mineral washing technology. This benefits a coal mining operation twofold: increasing the amount of sellable product and decreasing resource consumption.
Implementing advanced washing technology enhances coal mining operations and helps reveal opportunities for additional profit, here’s how:
Carving out a profit
Advanced high-pressure washing systems can turn coal refuse into a sellable product by blasting away tough, sticky deposits using only water. The Hydro-CleanTM system, for example, features high-pressure water nozzles that rotate at 100 rpm to efficiently remove dirt and clay deep from crevices inside the coal. They process as much as 360 tons per hour with as little as one pass. This significantly increases the material’s Btu value, allowing operators to sell product at a higher price and turn a profit on what was once waste material.
Less consumption, greater savings
High-pressure washers save money when compared to traditional washing systems by helping
reduce the mine’s resource consumption. These systems require no more than 300 horsepower to operate and use about 15 percent less energy than alternative methods.
With their smaller footprint, high-pressure washers are built lighter and smaller than traditional washing systems, the largest model weighing in at about 8 tons. And, depending on the type of high-pressure washer, the systems might use up to 75 percent less water than conventional washing systems.