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Aqua Blue Method for Mining Icy Regolith on the Moon
This invention proposes a plan and method by which to begin mining operations for resources of interest, such as icy regolith on the Earth’s Moon. Background: As settling activities on Earth’s Moon continue to become more feasible, there has long been interest in what raw materials can be extracted or mined and how. From the diverse mineral...
Published: 6/24/2022   |   Inventor(s): Victor Tenorio, Kerst Kingsbury, Kate Willa, James Nickels, Daniel Tolmachoff, Gatlan Nail
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Category(s): Technology Classifications > Engineering & Physical Sciences > Industrial & Manufacturing > Mining
Luna Mine Planning
This invention proposes a plan and method by which to begin mining operations on the Earth’s Moon. Background: As settling activities on Earth’s Moon continue to become more feasible, there has long been interest in what raw materials can be extracted or mined. From the diverse mineral sources that are potentially available on the surface...
Published: 6/24/2022   |   Inventor(s): Victor Tenorio, Kerst Kingsbury, Kapil Galla
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Category(s): Technology Classifications > Engineering & Physical Sciences > Industrial & Manufacturing > Mining, Technology Classifications > Engineering & Physical Sciences > Industrial & Manufacturing > Construction
A System, Apparatus, And Process For Leaching Metal And Storing Thermal Energy During Metal Extraction
Researchers at the University of Arizona have developed a new single vessel or “one pot” copper electrorefinery process that utilizes a molten chloride salt (NaCl – KCl – ZnCl2) as both the extracting fluid and electrolyte. Background: Several European and South American cities have regulated or banned traditional precious...
Published: 6/24/2022   |   Inventor(s): Dominic Gervasio, Hassan Elsentriecy, Abraham Jalbout, Andres Godinez-Garcia
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Category(s): Technology Classifications > Engineering & Physical Sciences > Industrial & Manufacturing > Mining, Technology Classifications > Materials > Metals, Technology Classifications > Energy, Cleantech & Environmental > Manufacturing
Smart Bolts for Mining Applications
This invention describes a design for the development of an instrumented rock bolt (smart bolt) for monitoring the stability of underground openings in mining applications. Background: In commercial mining operations, safety and efficiency are of utmost importance. To maintain a safe and effective mining operation, it is critical to monitor the stability...
Published: 4/21/2022   |   Inventor(s): Moe Momayez
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Category(s): Technology Classifications > Engineering & Physical Sciences > Industrial & Manufacturing > Mining
Method for Tailings Dust Suppression
This technology is a new type of treatment that can be sprayed on mine tailings piles to suppress tailing dust from blowing off the pile, thereby preventing erosion and environmental contamination. Background: Tailings are the waste byproduct of ore mining, and consist of fine particles, many the size of dust particles. They are typically placed in...
Published: 4/1/2022   |   Inventor(s): Dominic Gervasio, Minkyu Kim, Abraham Jalbout
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Category(s): Technology Classifications > Energy, Cleantech & Environmental > Manufacturing, Technology Classifications > Engineering & Physical Sciences > Industrial & Manufacturing > Mining, Technology Classifications > Engineering & Physical Sciences, Technology Classifications > Energy, Cleantech & Environmental > Air/Water Purification, Technology Classifications > Materials > Coatings
Optimized Ore Processing using Molten Salts for Leaching and Thermal Energy Storage
University of Arizona researchers have developed and optimized an electrochemical metal extraction process utilizing molten chloride salt. The salt serves as a heat transfer fluid, which can power the process itself or provide power to outside processing units or communities. The material, or slag, leftover from the process is non-toxic and may easily...
Published: 3/29/2022   |   Inventor(s): Dominic Gervasio, Hassan Elsentriecy
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Category(s): Technology Classifications > Energy, Cleantech & Environmental, Technology Classifications > Engineering & Physical Sciences > Industrial & Manufacturing > Mining, Technology Classifications > Engineering & Physical Sciences > Industrial & Manufacturing, Technology Classifications > Materials > Metals, Technology Classifications > Materials > Processing
Small Mine Activities Reporting Tool (SMART): A Mobile App to Improve Compliance Reporting and Track Outcomes
This technology is a smartphone-based software platform to implement the mining health and safety reporting requirements overseen by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). Small mining operators often face challenges implementing the requirements, and this software helps demystify the process. Developed with input from MSHA, state grants...
Published: 9/1/2021   |   Inventor(s): Leonard Brown, Ngan Pham, Kelli McCormick
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Category(s): Technology Classifications > Software & Information Technology > Education & Training, Technology Classifications > Engineering & Physical Sciences > Industrial & Manufacturing > Mining
Removal of Uranium using Rhamnolipid Biosurfactants and Ion Flotation
This technology is a solution to the problem of increasing amounts of naturally occurring uranium in groundwater. This ion flotation technique is a simple, cost-effective, green method to extract rare earth elements from aqueous solutions in an effort to keep the public and environment safe and compliant with EPA standards.Background:In the western...
Published: 7/6/2021   |   Inventor(s): David Hogan, Raina Maier
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Category(s): Technology Classifications > Energy, Cleantech & Environmental > Air/Water Purification, Technology Classifications > Energy, Cleantech & Environmental > Remediation > Soil, Technology Classifications > Engineering & Physical Sciences > Industrial & Manufacturing > Mining
High Temperature Thermal and Electrical Heating for Copper Extraction Pot
This technology uses molten salts, which are electrically conductive and can be used as an electrolyte for the electrodeposition of copper, and extracts pure copper from impure copper inputs in a single step, therefore reducing the extraction time without requiring or producing any toxic products. Background: It is expected that around 6,000 metric...
Published: 9/15/2020   |   Inventor(s): Peiwen Li, Dominic Gervasio, Abraham Jalbout
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Category(s): Technology Classifications > Engineering & Physical Sciences > Industrial & Manufacturing > Mining, Technology Classifications > Materials > Processing, Technology Classifications > Materials > Metals
Molten Salts for Precious Metal Recovery
This invention is a method used primarily for mining that extracts metals using electrodeposition from a mixture of refined ore and molten salt in order to reduce the melting point. Much like the process of extracting aluminum from Bauxite, gold is extracted from ore using electrodeposition as a replacement for the widely used sodium cyanide mixture. Background:...
Published: 9/15/2020   |   Inventor(s): Dominic Gervasio
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Category(s): Technology Classifications > Energy, Cleantech & Environmental > Renewable Energy, Technology Classifications > Engineering & Physical Sciences > Industrial & Manufacturing > Mining
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