Deadline: 2019-01-15 Award: $5,000,000 CAD Open to: Canadian organizations and innovators*
Comminution, the act of reducing a material to fragments, is one of the world’s largest energy consumers, estimated to consume up to 4% of all global electric power generated.
The Challenge is open to any innovative clean technology or process that, when implemented at a mining operation, would produce a transformational reduction in the quantity of energy (kWh) needed for crushing and grinding mined material at a mill into a usable product for downstream liberation.
Those entering the Challenge should have projects that improve the crushing and grinding processes of mining. Solutions should:
Have the ability to be scaled and applied to many operations;
Generate transformative energy savings at the mining mill;
Increase productivity while reducing the environmental impacts of crushing and grinding rock; and
Have no negative impact on downstream activities.
The entire competition will extend over a couple of years. Key dates to take note of regarding the Crush it! Challenge include:
January 15, 2019: Call for Applications closes
February 2019: 12 semi-finalists announced (Round 2 start)
March 2019: Technical and video presentations during #DisruptMining Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada Convention
May 2019: Six finalists announced (Round 3 start)
November 2020: Final submission deadline
March 2021: Grand Prize winner announced