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Energy saving technology in remote mine site living areas

Nelson, Darren (2013) Energy saving technology in remote mine site living areas. Internship Report, Murdoch University.



This report looks at the use of high efficiency electrical equipment in the remote site village area at the Bissa Gold Project in Africa, to reduce electrical load, and therefore reduce the amount of fuel used to power the living area. This includes looking at the locations available resources, to harness solar energy, and see how the natural resource may help to reduce energy used in water heating units. Possible technology upgrades are water heating units, lighting and office equipment, such as footpath lighting, room lighting and monitor display systems. The report looks at how to change the currently designed units that are using technology that is becoming outdated, and how this impacts on capital cost, and how long the payback period is expected to be over the life of the project.

Ultimately the technology that shows the most promising potential to be upgraded is the hot water systems and lighting. The high amount of solar thermal energy that is available at the site location indicates an energy saving of around 75% in hot water systems. The use of LED lighting shows a potential energy reduction of 29% for high intensity footpath lighting, and up to 80% for indoor room lighting. Modelling the energy savings into an existing 4 person accommodation unit shows potential to reduce the electrical load by 32% per unit, but at a capital cost over double the original unit cost.

Item Type: Internship Report (Bachelor of Engineering)
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Engineering and Information Technology
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