Finland: CEEC Energy Curves and industry Water Curves project at Mines and Technology Helsinki 2019

Nick Wilshire Helsinki

CEEC Director Nick Wilshaw presented at Mines and Technology Helsinki 2019, held over three days in May at the Scandic Marina Centre.

Nick’s presentation, in the Driving Sustainability with Innovation session, focussed on CEEC’s aims, current projects, and shared case studies on comminution benchmarking using the Energy Curves program. He also flagged CEEC’s plans to partner with the Canada Mining and Innovation Council (CMIC) to develop global Water Curves, which aim to catalyse industry collaboration, knowledge and improvement in global water use benchmarking and improvement.

“There was quite a bit of interest in the comminution energy benchmarking but also an equal amount of interest in the potential of water usage benchmarking,” Nick said.

“I believe that the Water Curves project has a great deal of potential as it is applicable to both arid areas as well as areas with excessive rain.”

The Finland event assembled 40 speakers and attracted close to 120 delegates, including technology suppliers, operators, equipment suppliers and research institutes. 

In addition to the Driving Sustainability with Innovationsession, other sessions included:

  • Enabling Innovation through Collaboration
  • The next Steps in Digital Integration
  • Enhancing Mineral Processing through Technology
  • Bringing New Technologies to Market
  • Improving Accuracy in Exploration.

CEEC CEO Alison Keogh said CEEC was keen to hear feedback from all parts of the world on important priorities for industry. 

“CEEC is a unique hub to share solutions and best practice, especially in lower footprint, higher productivity approaches and needs in comminution and mineral processing,”Alison said. 

Industry feedback at the Finland event emphasises the strong interest from Europe and elsewhere in measuring, benchmarking and improving both energy use and water use. 

“CEEC’s planned Water Curves project, in collaboration with CMIC, aims to bring industry on board to complement CEEC’s existing Energy Curves program with the addition of Water Curves tools. We invite and look forward to strong industry input in shaping, steering and contributing to the project.” 

If you are interesting in becoming a founding funder of the global Water Curves initiative, please contact CEEC CEO Alison Keogh at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CEEC thanks Nick for flying the flag at such a key event that shines the spotlight on innovation and new technologies, and thanks industry for its willingness to collaborate and share solutions and more sustainable approaches through global events and the CEEC network.