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Research Institute of Post-Mining

Mining has an impact. To deal with that impact responsibly is a huge challenge – not only in the Ruhr area, but internationally as well. What matters, when the last German hard-coal mine will be closed in 2018, is to find ways to manage the risks and to seize new opportunities.

Therefore, our Research Institute of Post-Mining at TH Georg Agricola, which is the only one in the world of its kind, explores the urgent issues that are arising as the miners leave: how do we cope with the rise of mine water levels? What happens with the mine gas? How can abandoned mines be “cleaned up” and put to new intelligent use? And how can we minimise the impact of mining at the land surface? These issues will keep us busy, partly on a permanent basis. Therefore we are talking about perpetual tasks for which we are going to develop innovative solutions here in Bochum.

Because we see potential in post-mining: where once people extracted coal, renewable energy can be generated. At coal heaps and former collieries, business parks and recreational areas are being developed. It is our research that will provide the conditions needed. We analyse how to best tackle the complex tasks around mine closures and follow-up use – competently and independently across fields and disciplines. We work closely together with the mining authorities and the companies involved. The concentrated knowledge that our university comprises offers excellent prospects to do so, showing once more the Ruhr area as a prime example of successful structural change.

Our post-mining research provides a future for mining regions.

Research Institute of Post-Mining

Laboratory of geotechnics and post-mining
Head Christian Melchers Prof. Dr. rer. nat.
Christian Melchers

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Technische Hochschule
Georg Agricola
Herner Straße 45


Phone: (0234) 968 3280
Fax:
E-mail: Christian.Melchers(at) thga.de
Building 2, Room 302
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Public relations Carmen Tomlik Carmen Tomlik, B.A.
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Public relations
Technische Hochschule
Georg Agricola
Herner Straße 45


Phone: (0234) 968 3230
Fax: (0234) 968 3417
E-mail: carmen.tomlik(at) thga.de
Building 1, Room 002
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