News about Environmental Copper Recovery

Research Updates

The University of Adelaide commenced their testing of magnetotellurics (MT) in November. Two days were spent leaving sensors in specific sites around the surrounding area of the mine. The aim was to ascertain whether this technique will help monitor groundwater flows in the area which proved positive. The next step will be to extend the survey to more sites over a longer period of time, in the new year.

Accurate modelling of groundwater flows is an essential step in the environmental monitoring process.

CSIRO Land & Water will also start soil and water sampling from the the Light River in December, to ascertain environmental baselines. They will be looking for any contaminants in the soil and water like copper, salt, phosphates etc.

CSIRO Minerals Division in Perth is undertaking ongoing testing of existing core samples for the most effective benign solution to extract the copper. So far this is proving very positive.

Interesting Facts

Why is copper so important now? Copper has been around forever, is recyclable and now an integral part of delivering environmentally sustainable energy to help reduce future green house emmisions by playing a large part in renewable technolgy,

"Renewable energy generation technologies, especially wind, ocean and solar installations, are copper-intensive and the important role of energy efficiency in the energy transition will also have an impact on copper use." European Copper Institute

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