Thursday, December 8, 2016
The Green Rock Drill Project has been selected on the shortlist of 2016/2017
Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation Competition organized by the Royal Academy of Engineering HERE
And was consequently featured in the Citizen News Papers in THIS Link
The Green Rock Drill was also selected as one of the three winning projects during the MAY-2016 ASME ISHOW Award in Nairobi Kenya, see the following links here , here and this video for more information.
Currently we are working to refine machine and take it for another field test in the Small Scale Mines.
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
The Green Rock Drill is an intermediate technology machine appropriate for ASM (Artisinal and Small Scale Miners).
It is to powered by a Solar Charged battery or a pedal powered Fly wheel, therefore offsetting the use of compressed air which is generated by Diesel/Electric compressors applied in current rock drilling activities.
Usually these Air compressors are associated with high investment and high operation cost that ASM can not afford hence making mining an Expensive business venture. Not only that but they are also Dust and Carbon generators.
Dust is Toxic to the Lungs of the miners while carbon dioxide/ Carbon monoxide are highly polluting to our Environment especially during this global warming era.
The Green Rock Drill is designed to be manufactured by locally available materials and machinery, so as to make affordable to the Artisinal Miners who are using Traditional Hammers and Pick Drilling Techniques which are Time consuming and Labor intensive, in Tanzania Known as Nge-Nge-Nge.
In Tanzania Mining industry has now dropped second Foreign Income earner next to Tourism, contributing up to 3.3% GDP. It employs over 500,000 Artisinal and Small Scale Miners which is the highest number as compared to any African(Developing country), whereby 13 Million is the overall number of people employed in the Small Scale Mining industry in the developing countries.
Click Link for more information about ASM.
Hammers and Picks Drilling