World’s largest hydrogen mining truck to be unleashed for testing in 2020

British mining company, Anglo American, will begin testing on the world’s largest hydrogen powered mining haul truck later this year at their Mogalakwena Platinum Mine in South Africa.

The “ultra-class” electric mining haul truck has been developed in partnership with Williams Advanced Engineering at the company’s Oxfordshire facility, with Anglo American funding the project through their FutureSmart Mining Program which aims to find innovative solutions to the industry’s major sustainability challenges.

As well as a fuel cell electric vehicle machine, the truck will also be fitted with regenerative brakes and a scalable high-power modular lithium-ion battery that has the capacity to store over 1000 kilowatts per hour of energy.

Anglo American believes that hydrogen fuel will play a dominant part in the future of mining, predicting the implementation of hydrogen powered trucks on site will cut carbon emissions by 30 percent.

“We believes Williams [Advanced Engineering] can help us deliver this ground-breaking project, which is part of our plan to create a smart energy mixt that moves us closer towards our carbon and energy targets for 2030 and, ultimately, our vision of operating a carbon-neutral mine,” said head of technology development Julian Soles.

“We look forward to working with Williams Advanced Engineering to deliver this important step-changing technology, a true world first for a vehicle of this size and load capacity.”

On-site testing is expected to begin in the second half of 2020.

Source: QMEB | Testing begins on biggest hydrogen powered mine haul truck

17 Feb 2020