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ArticleName Renewable energy sources as a georesource in the system of technology-induced transformation in the Earth’s interior
DOI 10.17580/gzh.2015.09.16
ArticleAuthor Kaplunov D. R., Rylnikova M. V.

Author 1:
Name & Surname: Kaplunov D. R.
Company: Research Institute of Comprehensive Exploitation of Mineral Resources — IPKON, Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow, Russia)
Work Position: Head of department, Corresponding member of RAS
Contacts: +7(495)360-08-23

Author 2:
Name & Surname: Rylnikova M. V.
Company: Research Institute of Comprehensive Exploitation of Mineral Resources — IPKON, Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow, Russia)
Work Position: Head of department, Professor
Scientific Degree: Doctor of Engineering Sciences


The publication is a matter of debate.
The turn of the 21st century was marked with an upward trend in consumption and cost of energy resources. According to different data sources, electric power production grew 3.7 times within the last 50 years and will increase by around a third by 2035. It is important to emphasize that the mining industry is one of the most energy-consuming branches in the world. It consumes from 4 to 55% in various countries and regions. The energy consumption by Russia’s mining industry is the highest. The energy expenditure of mineral extraction in terms of the world prices of energy sources becomes comparable to the cost of the minerals extracted. It is supposed that future energy inputs in metal production will grow more intensively and, therefore, issues of power supply in mining, processing and metallurgical treatment become of higher concern. In the course of mineral mining, flows of solid, liquid and gaseous masses generate technogenic renewable energy convertible to electrical energy to be fed in a mine supply line to improve energy efficiency of the mineral mining process. It is proved that these flows are, on the one hand, an individual group of technology-generated energy sources and, on the other hand, a new group of renewable energy sources with previously disregarded potential. Among such georesources, there are energy flows in mine systems of water removal, drainage and ventilation, backfilling, mining and transportation machines, downward discharge rock flow, rock mass deformation. The authors make examples of conversion of technogenic energy in electric energy within the technical system of a mine.
The study has been supported by the Russian Science Foundation, Grant No. 17-34-00050.

keywords Georesources, renewable energy sources, Earth’s interior transformation, technogenic energy, mine-technical system, energy potential

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