In anticipation of the African Renewable Investment Summit, Gilles Durmont, Head of Business Development at JUWI South Africa, sheds light on the intertwined nature of renewable energy and mining. Gilles will expound on this topic during the panel discussion titled ‘The Potential for Africa’s Mining Sector in Driving Renewable Energy Investments.’ + In South America, there’s a type of frog that lives with tarantulas for protection in exchange for keeping ants off their eggs. In Africa, crocodiles get their teeth cleaned by plover birds.
Symbiotic relationships are often surprising at first glance, but once the benefit to both parties is understood, they seem like obvious solutions.
Much like the surprising symbiotic relationships found in nature, the connection between the renewable energy and mining industries initially raised eyebrows. Historically, mines and environmentalists were more accustomed to facing off in courtrooms, their objectives seemingly incompatible. However, in recent years, with the rise in sustainability imperatives, emissions reductions targets and falling renewable energy technology costs,, a new opportunity for meaningful change has emerged.
Whether we like it or not, the transition to renewable energy hinges on mining. Rising demand for renewables means a growing need for mining essential resources, such as iron, copper and lithium, which take an enormous amount of energy to extract.
Pan African proposes dividend, expands renewables, heads beyond 200 000 oz/yThe first 10 MW solar plant at Evander gold-mining operation of Pan African Resources is reducing group all-in sustaining costs (AISC) by more than $10/oz with this number set to increase in coming years as Eskom tariffs continue to escalate, Pan African Resources CEO Cobus Loots said during the presentation of the London- and Johannesburg-listed company’s dividend-yielding 2023 financial results. In May 2023, construction of the group’s second solar plant commenced at Barberton Mines.
NSW updates opal legislationNew South Wales Minister for Natural Resources Courtney Houssos has introduced an amendment to the Mining Bill to parliament to address issues regarding the invalidity of mineral claims associated with opal mining. The Mining Amendment (Mineral Claim – Opals) bill addresses a failure to comply with section 266(4) of the Mining Act 1992, and retrospectively validates opal mineral claims in the Lightning Ridge and White Cliffs areas issued between January 2015 and February 2023.
DOE Opens $10 Million Program to Improve Planning, Siting, & Permitting for Large-Scale Renewable EnergyApplications can now be submitted for a $10 million funding and technical assistance program to expand state and local government capacity to support the planning, siting, and permitting of large-scale renewable energy projects on private land.
What the EU’s New Renewable Energy Directive Mean for Clean Fuels in EuropeT&E breaks down what impact the latest RED III will have on Europe’s transport sector The EU’s update to the Renewable Energy Directive
Mining of dumps, exploration ongoing at Marsfontein projectDiamond producer Botswana Diamonds (BOD) states that mining at the dumps of the company’s Marsfontein project is ongoing. In an update on its Marsfontein and Thorny River projects, in South Africa, the company says exploration, including drilling and geophysics in the mine area, has identified a blow of between 5 m and 10 m, and about 13 m from the surface. This blow has been identified as fresh kimberlite.
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