In Sudbury, Ottawa challenges mining innovators – by Staff (Sudbury Star – October 31, 2018)

Clean-tech mining solutions to share $10M

Researchers and innovators in the mining field now have an extra incentive to develop cleaner, greener ways to crush rock.

Amarjeet Sohi, the federal natural resources minister, was in Sudbury Tuesday to tout a new Crush It! Challenge, which will divide $10 million among a half-dozen entrants who create the best energy-saving technologies. The winner will pocket $5 million.

The challenge is open to companies, non-profits, industry associations, First Nations groups, schools and small-scale innovators.

“Our mining industry has positioned Canada as a leading mining country and a centre of global mining finance and expertise,” Sohi said in a release. “Improving the energy efficiency of crushing and grinding will create good jobs, build a more sustainable mining sector and help maintain Canada’s position as a premier mining nation.”

The minister said he was proud to launch the Crush It! Challenge, as it will help modernize one of the nation’s “foundational” industries. Canada must transition to a low-carbon economy, the government believes, and energy efficiency in mines is critical to that process.

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