TABLE 6-1 Estimates of Mining Research and Development Capabilities of the National Laboratories.

 

Albany Research Center

Ames Laboratory

Argonne National Laboratory

Brookhaven National Laboratory

Idaho National Engineering & Environmental Laboratory

Kansas City Plant

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Los Alamos National Laboratory

National Energy Technology Laboratory

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Sandia National Laboratories

Savannah River Technology Center

Y-12 Plant

Exploration and Resource Characterization

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exploration optimization strategies

C

 

 

 

C

 

S

S

C

 

 

C

C

S

 

 

Remote sensing for geophysical systems

 

 

S

 

SC

C

S

S

S

S

C

C

S

S

S

 

Subsurface imaging and characterization/Geologic basin modeling

 

 

SC

S

SC

SC

S

S

S

SC

 

C

S

S

S

 

Explosive design and engineering

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

S

 

 

 

 

S

 

 

Satellite imaging/data interpolation

C

 

C

 

SC

C

C

C

S

 

 

SC

S

S

 

 

Rock mechanics

 

 

 

 

C

 

S

S

C

 

 

C

 

S

 

 

Advanced drilling technologies

 

 

 

 

C

 

SC

SC

S

C

 

 

 

S

 

C

Geochemical sensors and analytical devices

 

C

SC

C

S

 

S

S

S

SC

C

SC

SC

S

SC

C

Sensors and analytic devices for imaging physical material properties

C

C

S

S

S

C

S

S

S

C

C

C

S

S

S

SC

Mining Operation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gas, aerosol, noise sensors

 

 

SC

SC

SC

 

SC

SC

SC

 

S

C

S

S

 

C

Robotics/automation for autonomous equipment

 

 

 

 

S

C

SC

SC

SC

 

 

S

SC

S

S

C

Fuel cells/power supplies

 

C

S

C

C

 

S

SC

S

S

SC

C

SC

SC

SC

C

Alternative fuels/propulsion systems

 

 

S

C

SC

 

S

SC

C

 

S

C

C

S

SC

SC

Information and data systems in support of autonomous technologies

 

 

S

 

SC

S

SC

SC

S

 

C

SC

C

S

SC

SC

Mine climate simulation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

S

 

 

 

C

C

 

 

Advanced materials (e.g. strength, durability, hardness)

S

S

S

C

S

 

S

S

S

C

 

S

S

S

SC

C

Minerals Processing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Separations technologies for solids processing

SC

 

S

 

SC

 

C

C

 

S

C

 

SC

SC

SC

 

Dewatering and water-reuse technologies

SC

 

SC

 

SC

 

C

C

 

S

 

S

S

SC

 

C

Biological processes for in-situ metal extraction

 

 

 

S

S

 

SC

C

 

SC

C

SC

SC

 

 

 

Geochemistry for minerals processing

SC

 

 

 

S

 

SC

S

C

C

 

SC

C

S

 

 

Real-time analytic techniques and models

 

SC

C

C

S

 

SC

C

S

S

SC

SC

S

S

S

SC

Alternative technologies for processing by-products and alternative uses for products

SC

 

SC

SC

SC

 

C

 

 

S

 

C

SC

SC

 

 

Sensors for process-stream characterizations and control

 

SC

SC

 

S

 

SC

SC

S

C

SC

SC

S

S

S

SC

S – strength; SC – significant capability; C – capability.

DOE defines a strength as an area with 25-30 or more full-time equivalent positions in the past five years; a significant capability as 10-24 full-time equivalent positions in the last 5 years; and a capability as 5-9.9 full-time equivalent positions in the last 5 years.

SOURCE: OIT, 2000.



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