ABB launches SmartVentilation for underground mines
ABB has launched its SmartVentilation system for mines. SmartVentilation is a solution to the challenge of providing fresh air and venting toxic gases from subterranean mines. It also minimises energy use by ventilating only those areas of a mine that require it. ABB estimates that this ability to work ‘on-demand’ could reduce an operator’s electricity bill by up to half.
SmartVentilation is divided into three implementation levels: SmartBasic, SmartMid and SmartPerfect. These give different degrees of control over the operation of the mine’s intake and exhaust fans. Mine operators have the option of installing one implantation level and then upgrading it at their own pace.
The fans and their drives come in modular form and are controlled with ABB’s System 800xA automation platform. This provides operators, engineers and mine managers with an easy way to supervise and control the ventilation system, either from a central location or using mobile devices.
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