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Life-cycle assessment of solar integrated mining processes: A sustainable future

SH Farjana, N Huda, MAP Mahmud, C Lang

Journal of Cleaner Production | Elsevier | Published : 2019


The negative impact of the mining industries on climate change, human health and ecosystems, arises from extensive use of fossil fuels. This could be mitigated by the integration of solar energy systems into mining processes, such as the use of solar industrial process heating systems in low-temperature mining processes. This paper estimates the resultant environmental impacts, which could result from the partial use of solar process heating in the aluminum, copper, ilmenite, rutile, lead, nickel, and uranium mining and extraction processes. The extensive analysis presented here contains multiple scenarios such as using flat plate solar collector and evacuated tube solar collector for proces..

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