Working in an Underground Mine? Do You Want Power Down There?

If you need access to reliable power in an underground mining facility it’s important to design the right electrical systems that can be adaptable to your long-term plan. A mining system will inevitably grow and making sure that you can continue transferring power to new facilities and mine successfully with evolving electrical requirements; we can make sure that you can access the best power systems for your mining environment!

In order to work in an underground mine and get reliable power in the environment, you will need access to a proper system for transmitting power as well as for regulating and monitoring power systems in an underground environment. As well as monitoring you also need access to protection and backups for all of the sensitive electronic components in your underground mine. To get started with the process of powering an underground mine, you will first need to have access to a means of power generation. A mobile transformer or stand-alone power plant can be an excellent way that you can power a mine even in an off grid scenario. These are systems that can be set up even partially underground or housed within an e-house to provide reliable main power or backup power systems.

Proper underground mining monitoring systems often come in the form of circuit panels and automatic shutoff switches. When there is a power spike detected in the system you can make sure that the main power can be shut off and the system can be properly backed up. Using a backup power generation system or battery backup can make sure that ventilation and lighting can remain even when a breaker is tripped.

An e-house is the best way to store these sensitive electrical equipment and protect them from the elements. These solutions are best suited to companies that need to maintain operations even in difficult environments. With a proper integration of an e-house, you can protect all sensitive components.

Keep some of these main components in mind if you are interested in powering an underground mine safely and successfully!

This post was written by Justin Tidd, Director at Becker/SMC. For nearly a half a century, Becker Mining has been at the forefront of safety, producing the best electrical control system in the industry. Becker/SMC is the industry’s leader in increasingly more sophisticated electrical control systems. Most of the major innovations, design features and specialized electrical components have been developed by Becker/SMC.

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