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The Gruyere gold mine will be part-powered by a huge solar farm

Gruyere set for a big slice of solar power

Another big gold mine in WA is going solar in a move that could reduce emissions by 16,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent each year.  The Gruyere mine, located some 200 kilometres north-east of Laverton, will have a renewable energy microgrid that will include a solar farm comprising 25,000 panels, capable of producing 13 megawatts of power with a 4.4MW battery energy storage system.  That […]

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Jayson Meyers geologist

How a Californian kid became a WA outback explorer

Jayson Meyers never imagined that childhood trips into the US desert would lead to a thrilling career on the other side of the globe.

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Lake Kepwari - then and now

World-class WA rehab transforms old coal mine into aquatic playground

It's now the best part of 25 years since the Western Five mine in Collie closed. But now the site has been given new and remarkable life.

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Indonesian Asteroid

Coffin-maker dodges asteroid death, becomes instant millionaire

This is one of the rare occasions in life when a meteorite hitting your house is the equivalent of winning the lottery.

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‘Instant’ Aussie diamonds could provide a cutting edge on mine sites

Just as Superman once made coal into diamonds with his bare hands, Australian scientists have found a way to produce diamonds at room temperature.

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Battery materials being recycled to fertilise wheat

How recycled batteries could help WA crops flourish

The disposal of spent batteries is a vexing issue around the world. But an innovative trial in WA could help give them a second life.

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Todd Bond 'crop circles'

‘Crop circles on the ocean floor’: WA scientist’s remarkable find

Todd Bond's research on WA's North West Shelf has uncovered some fascinating possibilities for oil and gas operators.

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WA Student Scientist of the Year Morgan Cox

Rock star: how Morgan swapped goalkeeping for a career chasing hidden craters

As a talented junior soccer player, Morgan Cox initially planned on a career in sports science. But a long-standing fascination with rocks sparked a move into geology.

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Grass growing at the Griffin coal mining site

Coal mine returned to farming land in WA’s South West

Griffin Coal has been rehabilitating mine sites at Collie for the best part of 40 years – but its latest efforts at the Ewington 1 mine are taking that work to another level.  Griffin, which first started operating in Collie during the 1920s, has been concentrating recent rehabilitation work on transforming areas of open cut mining into workable and highly productive […]

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Granny Smith solar farm

Renewable energy bears fruit at WA’s Granny Smith mine

The project is expected to reduce the mine's fuel consumption by more than 10 per cent.

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