Production Face Environmental
Risk Minimisation in Coal and Lignite Mines

R&D project supported by RFCS under Contract No. : 800711 — PICTO — RFCS-2017
Project duration: 36 months, Start date: 1 September 2018, End date: 31 August 2021

PICTO PROJECT OBJECTIVES

Coal mining in Europe is extending to deeper and deeper levels and high gas emission rates at deep and/or complex longwall operations are a major environmental and safety risk. The main objective of PICTO is to enhance environmental and health risk management at high production longwall districts in coal and lignite mines through the development of an integrated production process and environmental monitoring as well as control system which would eliminate or minimise excessive gas emissions.

PICTO PROJECT MAIN TASKS

Systematic monitoring of underground
gas emission, ventilation and gas
drainage performance at longwall
districts and numerical modelling
to optimise monitoring designs.

Development of new shearer control
procedures/algorithms
to regulate
shearer operations using calibrated
virtual longwall environment/operation
computer models.

Integration, testing, validation and
demonstration of the shearer
and
longwall production systems’ control
procedures/algorithms by Eickhoff
in their workshop test tracks.

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