Singapore’s Atomionics Hunts for Critical Minerals Using Gravity and AI

Singapore's Atomionics Hunts for Critical Minerals Using Gravity and AI
Gravio can be deployed in locations previously deemed unviable. Credit: MARCELODLT/Shutterstock

Atomionics’ Gravio Technology in Mineral Exploration for Clean Energy

Singaporean start-up Atomionics has successfully introduced its groundbreaking technology, leveraging gravity and artificial intelligence, to identify ore bodies. The company anticipates that this innovation will not only reduce costs but also accelerate the progress of mineral projects. Atomionics recently secured contracts with three major mining corporations as part of its overarching strategy to pinpoint ore bodies crucial to the energy transition.

Atomionics CEO Sahil Tapiawala revealed that the company is actively engaged in deploying its technology for critical minerals, specifically focusing on copper, nickel, and zinc. The technology, known as Gravio, utilizes a “virtual drill” to collect and analyze data more efficiently than conventional air-based survey techniques. The deployment is currently underway in Australia and the United States.

Tapiawala emphasized that the technology enhances precision in identifying ore bodies beneath the earth’s surface, surpassing the capabilities of typical survey methods. The real-time processing of data through artificial intelligence expedites the ore body definition process. This advancement is particularly valuable in comparison to traditional methods, where drilling a single hole in search of minerals can cost between A$10,000 to A$50,000. Given that a lithium miner might need up to 400 holes to validate a resource, having a more accurate virtual representation before drilling proves to be a cost-effective approach.

Advantages of Gravio Technology in Clean Energy Mineral Exploration

The CEO highlighted a significant challenge in traditional drilling methods – the risk of not hitting the reserve. Atomionics aims to address this issue by reducing the occurrence of “empty” samples by at least half, thereby improving the efficiency and success rate of mining projects.

Despite the competitive landscape in mineral exploration, Atomionics stands out by leveraging gravity signatures and artificial intelligence. The company, privately held and backed by various Singapore-based government agencies and strategic investors, refrains from disclosing the identities of its mining partners due to commercial confidentiality.

The mining industry traditionally employs diverse techniques like ground-penetrating radar and aeromagnetic surveys in the quest for minerals. Atomionics’ Gravio technology is poised to present a cost-effective alternative to traditional exploration methods, as noted by Cameron Fink, the exploration manager at Bridgeport Energy, one of Atomionics’ partners. With the ongoing development of Gravio, it is anticipated to become a preferred, low-cost exploration option within the energy industry, challenging established practices in the field.

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Source(s): The Daily Star

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