Solar Energy in Mining

Across the world, renewable solar photovoltaic energy has widely been gaining traction as a reliable energy source for large electricity consumers. Of course, while renewable energy is an important aspect of environmental conservancy efforts, it can also offer incredible cost savings – especially in expensive regions which see dry, clear skies. Places, of course, like most of Australia, where the mining sector operates throughout rural locations, frequently off-grid, to high cost at the expense of mining companies.

October 9, 2015, 9:30 PM AEDT

In Focus


Building the Nation »

From the discovery of coal used for heating and cooking to the world-famous gold rushes of the 1850s, to mining multinational enterprises such as Rio Tinto, Xstrata, Alcan, Alcoa, BHP Billiton and Newcrest, the mineral and resources sector in Australia has always been essential to the strength of the nation’s economy.

Mining and Remote InfrastructureMining and Remote Infrastructure

Why Australia’s miners have currently stopped exploring »

Mark Creasy, Australia’s most successful mining prospector who discovered the Jundee gold mine, Bronzewing deposit, and the most recent Nova-Bollinger nickel deposit, is pretty much disappointed with what’s happening in Australia’s mining scene. In one of his interviews, he warned upsta


Marine Service Specialists »

Fendercare is an offshore services company that supplies marine equipment and services to the oil and gas industry. The company is a worldwide original equipment distributor and the largest distributor for the Yokohama pneumatic rubber fender. Business in Focus spoke with General Manager of the Marine and the new Lifting and Testing Services division David Flatman.


After the Boom »

Here is a good example of a company with foresight, able to see the likely end of the boom in Australia's minerals and resources sector...


Energy Superpower »

Australia is on the cusp of becoming a global gas superpower – and it may happen sooner than previously thought. A 2013 report by investment bank Morgan Stanley predicts that Australia could overtake Qatar as the number one liquefied natural gas (LNG) exporter on the planet as early as 2017...

Energy Superpower

Seeing Things Differently »

Established as a family-owned business in Queensland in 1979, BMD Group has grown significantly, becoming one of Australia’s largest privately owned construction, design and land development companies.


Where There’s Muck »

The use of landfill gas as fuel is not exactly new. But as concern over climate change rises in parallel to bills for conventional energy consumption, this is a technology whose time has very much come.

Landfill Gas Industries

Family Fortunes »

The secret of this company is its size – although The Motive Group sounds like a major corporation, it is a family-run business with all the relatives pitching in to provide products and services for the mining industry.

The Motive Group

Investing in People »

Forty-two years of history is claimed by Rockpress Pty Ltd. The company is a major manufacturer and fabricator of metal products for a wide range of industries and applications – particularly the transport market. We spoke with Marketing Manager Allan Mortensen about one of Queensland's most respected metal fabricating operations.


Casting Done to Perfection »

In the demanding world of foundry moulding and casting, products need to be precision made and last for years. Few companies realise this better than North Queensland based Northern Iron & Brass Foundry Pty Ltd. Offering free, no-obligation quotes, the company wide range of services and capabilities ensures it is able to meet the casting needs of all clients.

Northern Iron & Brass Foundry

Powering Remote Mines »

When it comes to off-the-grid solutions providing affordable, sustainable energy with little or no carbon footprint compared to traditional sources such as coal, oil and gas, most people think of technologies such as solar being applied primarily to household consumers. While cleaner sources of energy such as solar and wind power are proving to have solid applications in residential settings in bo

Sustainable Solar Solutions

Piping Hot »

Global Pipe's title pretty much tells the whole story. From its base in Victoria this company can supply a pipeline for just about any application you are ever likely to need. Global is essentially a sales and service organisation rather than a manufacturer, offering the ranges of two of the world's top pipe makers in fibre reinforced plastic and another range of HDPE pipe.

Global PipeGlobal Pipe

Powering the Processes of Industry »

The company provides access to premium, reliable and competitively priced mobile lighting towers, diesel generators, Siltbuster water solutions, and Mobile truck wheel wash and dust control equipment, supplying brands that are internationally recognised. PR Power's range of equipment has been extensively researched and tested to ensure quality, reliable products are available for use in a wide ra

PR Power

The Recyclist »

Worth Recycling's Manager, George Cooper, says the company is also adept at dealing with solid wastes, collecting, recycling and re-using according to the materials involved.

Worth Recycling

Three Business Units, One Focus on Innovation »

From its humble beginnings in a Sydney home office in 2006, Saxons Group has grown to serve over one hundred public and government companies throughout Australia. It now covers three core businesses and a strategic group, enabling an end to end IT implementation, training, service and support for small to medium size businesses.

Saxons Group
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It's been some time since 'alternative' energy became mainstream. Today's technicians search for efficient (and cost-efficient) means of producing alternative or renewable energy as assiduously as alchemists once sought means of turning base metals into gold...

A Space for Fuel Cells in the Global Energy Equation

Journey Planner »

Corporate Travel Management (CTM) recently celebrated its 20th birthday in fine style. One of Australasia's top business agencies, it is continuing to grow, to garner awards, and to buck the trend in Australia, according to its Chief Executive Officer of Australia and New Zealand, Laura Ruffles.

Corporate Travel Management