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Sustainability in the Mineral and Energy Sectors

1st Edition

Edited by Sheila Devasahayam, Kim Dowling, Manoj K. Mahapatra

CRC Press

730 pages | 61 Color Illus. | 264 B/W Illus.

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Sustainable practices within the mining and energy sectors are assuming greater significance due to uncertainty and change within the global economy and safety, security, and health concerns. This book examines sustainability issues facing the mining and energy sectors by addressing six major themes: Mining and Mineral Processing; Metallurgy and Recycling; Environment; Energy; Socioeconomic and Regulatory; and Sustainable Materials and Fleets. Emphasizing an integrated transdisciplinary approach, it deliberates on optimizing mining productivity and energy efficiency and discusses integrated waste management practices. It discusses risk management, cost cutting, and integration of sustainable practices for long-term business value. It gives a comprehensive outlook for sustainable mineral futures from academic and industry perspectives covering mine to mill optimization, waste, risk and water management, improved efficiencies in mining tools and equipment, and performance indicators for sustainable developments. It covers how innovation and research underpin management of natural resources including sustainable carbon management.

•Focuses on mining and mineral processing, metallurgy and recycling, the environment, energy, socioeconomic and regulatory issues, and sustainable materials and fleets.

•Describes metallurgy and recycling and uses economic, environmental and social parameter analyses to identify areas for improvement in iron, steel, aluminium, lead, zinc, copper, and gold production.

•Discusses current research on mining, performance indicators for sustainable development, sustainability in mining equipment, risk and safety management, and renewable energy resources

•Covers alternative and conventional energy sources for the mineral sector as well water treatment and remediation and energy sustainability in mining.

•Provides an overview of sustainable carbon management.

•Offers an interdisciplinary approach with international focus.


"The book is an extremely important reference for the problem of brownfield sites and their remediation, arguably a definitive work."

—Neil Bose, University of Tasmania, Australia

"This book deliberates integrated innovative research to address the challenges of mining, mineral processing and metallurgical industries. It is a source of contemporary knowledge and unique expertise covering various subjects like recycling of precious and rare earth metals from electronic waste, mining environment, wastewater treatment, alternative energy resources, socioeconomic and risk management. The contributors are eminent representatives of industry, academia and government bodies from different parts of the world. This book is a boon for mineral and metallurgical experts looking for innovative ideas and solutions for sustainable growth. The concepts like waste to wealth, carbon foot print, zero waste and green chemistry were emphasized throughout the book. It clearly reflects the interdisciplinary approach which is appropriate to deal with the challenges faced by the minerals and energy sector. This book also provides an overview on new paradigms for sustainable mineral processing, prospects of nuclear and solar energy, integrated waste management practices for sustainability. It is indeed a pride of all concern technocrats, scientists and academicians dealing with mineral and energy sector to have copy of this book in their shelf. I strongly recommend this book on Sustainability in the Mineral and Energy Sectors for all Mineral and Metallurgical engineers, technocrats and policy makers."

— G. Bhaskar Raju, CSIR Madras Complex, Chennai, India

Table of Contents

Section I Mining and Mineral Processing

Chapter 1 New Paradigms for Sustainable Mineral Processing

S. K. Kawatra

Chapter 2 Assessment of Sustainability of Mineral Processing Industries

Vladimir Strezov and Tim Evans

Chapter 3 A Step Change in Mining Productivity: Time to Deliver the Promise

Joe Pease, Stephen Walters, Luke Keeney, and Greg Shapland

Chapter 4 An Approach to Improve the Energy Efficiency of Mining Projects

Sarma S. Kanchibotla and Tapiwa Chenje

Chapter 5 Energy Use in Comminution in a Global Context

Michael Daniel

Chapter 6 Mill–to-Melt-Energy Efficiency Opportunities

Sheila Devasahayam

Section II Metallurgy/Recycling

Chapter 7 Carbothermic Processing of Copper–Cobalt Mineral Sulphide Concentrates

and Slag Waste for the Extraction of Metallic Values

Yotamu R. S. Hara and Animesh Jha

Chapter 8 Processing of Lithium-Ion Batteries for Zero-Waste Materials Recovery

D. Marinos and B. Mishra

Chapter 9 Selective Leaching: An Ecological Solution for Recovering Metals from Complex Minerals and Materials?

Gretchen T. Lapidus

Chapter 10 Reductive Leaching of Metal Oxides in Hydrometallurgical Processing of Nickel Laterite Ores, Deep Sea Manganese Nodules, and Recycling of Spent Batteries/Catalysts

G. Senanayake, A. Senaputra, L.C.S. Dharmasiri, D.J. Kim, S.M. Shin, J.S. Sohn, K.H. Park, and J. Avraamides

Chapter 11 Sustainable Recycling Technology for Electronic Waste

Sandip Chatterjee, Archana Kumari and Manis Kumar Jha

Chapter 12 Recovery of Rare Earth Elements from e-Wastes (Nd-Fe-B Spent Magnets) Using Magnesium Chloride Salts

Komal Babu Addagatla, M. Akbar Rhamdhani, and Sheila Devasahayam

Section III Environment

Chapter 13 Building Suitable Restoration Approaches in the Brownfields

Singarayer Florentine, Patrick Graz, Augustine Doronila, Rachel Martin, Kim Dowling, and Nimesha Fernando

Chapter 14 Mining and Environment

Greg You and Dakshith Ruvin Wijesinghe

Chapter 15 Sustainable Management of Mine Induced Water

Muhammad Muhitur Rahman, Dharmappa Hagare, Muttucumaru Sivakumar, and Raghu N. Singh

Chapter 16 Bioflocculants Relevant for Water Treatment and Remediation

K. A. Natarajan and K. Karthiga Devi

Chapter 17 Sustainability and Regional Development: When Brownfields Become Playing Fields

K. Dowling, S. Florentine, R. Martin and D. Pearce

Chapter 18 Sustainability of Mineral Processing and Metal Production for European Economies in Transition

Vladimir Strezov, Natasa Markovska and Meri Karanfilovska

Chapter 19 Towards Sustainable Design of Landfill Clay Liners: A Case Study

Samudra Jayasekera

Section IV Energy

Chapter 20 Water and Energy Nexus: Impact of Energy Development on Water Resources

Michael Hightower

Chapter 21 Alternative Energy Sources for Mineral Sector: An Overview

Sheila Devasahayam and Raman Singh

Chapter 22 Nuclear Power: Current Status and Prospects

Gail H. Marcus

Chapter 23 Carbon Capture and Storage

Jim Underschultz, Kevin Dodds, Karsten Michael, Sandeep Sharma,Terry Wall, and Steve Whittaker

Chapter 24 Photovoltaics: Current and Emerging Technologies and Materials for Solar Power Conversion

Venkata Manthina, Alexander Agrios, and Shahzada Ahmad

Chapter 25 Improving Process Efficiency by Waste Heat Recuperation: An Application of the Limaçon Technology

Ibrahim A. Sultan, Truong H. Phung and Ali Alhelal

Chapter 26 Urban Waste (Municipal Solid Waste—MSW) to Energy

Moshfiqur Rahman, Deepak Pudasainee, and Rajendra Gupta

Chapter 27 Electrochemical Energy Systems and Efficient Utilization of Abundant Natural Gas

Manoj K. Mahapatra, Boxun Hu, and Prabhakar Singh

Chapter 28 Unconventional Gas

Jim Underschultz

Section V Socio-Economic, Regulatory

Chapter 29 A Research and Education Framework to Support the Development of a Sustainable and Socially Responsible Mining Industry in Africa

Jennifer Broadhurst, Susan T.L. Harrison, Jochen Petersen, Jean-Paul Franzidis and Dee Bradshaw

Chapter 30 Electronic Waste Processing through Copper Recycling: An Economic Analysis

Maryam Ghodrat, M. Akbar Rhamdhani, Geoffrey Brooks, Syed Masood, and Glen Corder

Chapter 31 The Importance of Risk Management in the Extractive Sector for a Sustainable Economy

Samanthala Hettihewa

Chapter 32 Integrating Sustainability for Long-Term Business Value

Liza Maimone

Chapter 33 Challenging the Challenging Regulatory Environment in Papua New Guinea

Mohan Singh

Section VI Sustainable Materials, Fleets

Chapter 34 Sustainability Allusion, Societal Marketing and the Environmental Footprint of Hybrid Autos

Christopher S. Wright, Alex Kouznetsov and Sarah Kim

Chapter 35 Developing Novel Polymer Composites with Typical Applications in Transport Systems Exposed to High Wear and Corrosion Such as Mining Conveyors

Juan Gimenez and Sri Bandyopadhyay

Chapter 36 Superhydrophobicity: From the Origin of the Concept to the Fabrication Methodologies for Applications in Pipeline Coatings

Shihao Huang, Sagar Cholake, Wen Lee, Kenaope Maithakimako, Divya Eratte, Sheila Devasahayam, and Sri Bandyopadhyay

Chapter 37 Application of Waste Materials (Fly Ash) as Novel Energy Materials

A. A. Moorthy, Sheila Devasahayam, Danyang Wang, John Flectcher and Sri Bandyopadhyay

About the Editors

Dr. Sheila Devasahayam is a faculty member of the Federation University Australia. She has a strong research background in both metallurgy and materials science. Sheila earned a PhD in materials science from the University of Queensland, Australia, with post-doctoral experiences from the University of Wollongong, University of Sydney, and University of New South Wales. Sheila has expertise in many aspects of industry-based materials science ranging from coatings, surface modifications, plasma and radiation chemistry, nanocomposites, super absorbents, super hydrophobic materials, and energy materials. Sheila previously earned a PhD in extractive metallurgy from the National Metallurgical Laboratory, CSIR-Madras University, India. She is involved in many industrial projects in the mineral sector including acid mine drainage, hydrometallurgy, pyrometallurgy, mineral processing, and coal processing with a focus on green chemistry and engineering. Sheila gained expertise in soil and water science and aquifer characterisation while working at the Centre for Water Resources, Anna University, India. She served in the Commonwealth Government, Australia as a scientific policy officer in the Department of Innovation. Sheila’s inter-disciplinary, industry-focussed expertise has enabled her to provide innovative sustainable solutions to many immediate industrial problems and motivated her to edit this important book of transdisciplinary nature transcending individual disciplines.

Kim Dowling is a senior academic in the Faculty of Science and Technology at Federation University Australia and also holds an adjunct position at the University of Tasmania, Australia. She has been an active researcher for over 30 years, and her current interest is in the identification, characterization, and remediation of contaminated sites, with an emphasis on historical mining environments. She earned her PhD from James Cook University by developing a new and innovative method for assessment of gold deposits and also holds a Graduate Diploma in Environmental Management from Deakin University. She has extensive experience working in both the mining industry and the tertiary education sector, and actively contributes to both local and international discussions on environmental health and the emerging multidisciplinary field of medical geology.

Manoj Kumar Mahapatra, PhD, is a faculty member in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), USA. His research focuses on ceramic and glass materials for energy applications. He has authored and coauthored over 35 peer-reviewed publications and holds 2 US patents. Dr. Mahapatra earned his PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He worked at the Center for Clean Energy Engineering at the University of Connecticut prior to joining UAB.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / General