Soon, test results will reveal if resurrecting and refining Hydraulic Air Compressor (HAC) technology holds the key for affordable, resource-conscious cooling.
In executing the Hydraulic Air Compressor Demonstrator Project, participating companies agreed to set up a way to measure and verify the electricity savings potential of modernized HAC technology for deep mining applications.
The Hydraulic Air Compressor (HAC) demonstrator was unveiled at the facility with much fanfare on June 21.
This project is based on the Ragged Chutes hydraulic air compressor plant designed by Canadian engineer Charles Havelock Taylor in 1910 for the Cobalt mining camp.
Caption: Brad Taylor, grandson of Hydraulic Air Compressor Inventor Charles Havelock Taylor, stands outside the headframe where the system is being housed.
The hydraulic air compressor
works in a completely different way," said Dean Millar, a Laurentian University, mine engineering professor and the project lead through the Mining Innovation, Rehabilitation and Applied Research Corporation (MIRARCO).