ARTICLE 5: LED light bulbs and Hydro-Mining

LED light bulbs and Hydro-Mining
By Gilbert Hice

Improved efficiency is the common denominator between LEDs and Hydro-Mining.  Even though both Hydro-Mining and an LED (light emitting diode) light bulb may have higher upfront costs as compared to their competition, it’s important to note that projected energy efficiency and improved performance parameters can more than make up for the extra cost, in both short and long terms.  Generally speaking, just as the modern LED is about 6 times more energy efficient at generating visible light than an incandescent light bulb, Hydro-Mining can be anticipated to achieve more efficiency when compared to traditional borehole mining practices.  In fact, traditional borehole mining processes (i.e. generating continuous jet stream static rock stressing) generally work profitably only within specific working parameters (with relatively rare and homogeneous targets, such as uranium sand deposits) making borehole mining an almost unknown mining process.  However, substantial research has validated the idea that a properly designed placer-adaptable “in situ” borehole mining process holds vast economic mining promise for excavating non-homogeneous boulder-filled deposits, safely and with environmental preservation. Hydro-Mining is simply designed to be more efficient and efficacious, recovering a greater variety of mineral targets from placers, with multiple benefits as a result of its new innovative performance parameters.
Hydro-Mining’s design integrates technologically-advanced and innovative mining system improvements, which includes the sonic drill rig’s signature reduction of frictional resistance in its mining circuit. Energy in general can be better utilized and integrated into more efficient mining practices, simultaneously multi-tasking more cost-effective excavation and extraction practices of slurry from a subsurface deposit.  Hydro-Mining’s design should perform where traditional methods of borehole mining are ineffective by integrating and using new methods with a technologically-proven acoustic-energy generating sonic head, acoustic waves, wave guides, guide vanes, nozzles and other components.  As an example, sonically pulsed jets of water can potentially fracture/erode a target deposit with more effectiveness than conventional borehole mining’s continuous flow system designs; thereby, slurry production can be increased using less water and in less time. Acoustic energy may also reduce resistance to water flow within the rods, can supply relatively more energy to the jetting nozzles compared to non-acoustic systems.  Such water pulsing potential can also benefit the eductor coupling jets, which facilitate slurry extraction to the surface for processing, using an array of innovative patented eductor couplings to improve upward movement of slurry through the annular space.
Essentially, Hydro-Mining is like an LED light bulb capable of performing more efficiently while using less energy and in less time than its traditional competition.  Hydro-Mining is designed around the use of a sophisticated efficient sonic drilling machine transforming it into a high-tech mining machine that is designed to perform efficient gold recovery from placer, in addition to having site adaptability, high safety standards while maintaining environmental preservation. Why is efficiency important?  Generally speaking, with mining valuable elements from placer as with lighting a house, the more efficient a system becomes the more energy is saved in accomplishing its tasks.  As a result for Hydro-Mining — greenhouse emissions can be reduced along with critical costs while providing benefits (e.g. improved safety, new jobs, job security, increased profit, increased mineral resource availability to markets), that can help provide a brighter future for a world facing vast challenges with ever increasing demands.