Electrification is key to the clean energy transformation of mine sites.
The road to zero emissions requires the use of vehicles and machinery powered by renewable energy.
The electric mine consortium
Leading companies in the mining industry are taking real steps towards decarbonisation. Over a dozen mining and service companies have joined forces to create the electric mine consortium with the ambition to accelerate progress towards the fully electrified zero CO2 and zero particulates mine.
The big picture
The energy transition is real, and it is here.
The way the we generate, store and harness energy around the globe is undergoing a period of major change. A global ecosystem has begun to emerge to underpin the innovation and scaling of electrification technologies. A rare trifecta, electrification will provide economic, health and environmental value for the mining industry.
Reducing cost, carbon emissions and improving health outcomes.
Electrification creates enormous opportunities for operational cost savings, innovative mine designs and resilience against uncertainty. It will reduce the exposure to carcinogenic diesel particulates and reduce scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions by 100%.
The value upside of this not only increases productivity in existing assets, but also improves a company’s ability to unlock deeper and more remote ore bodies.
United by a common goal
Traditional asset design does not enable the realisation of the full benefits of mine electrification. This working group is simulating a range of mines and mining methods to establish electrification performance benchmarks, a business case and future mine designs.
Currently there is a lack of understanding on the supporting infrastructure requirements for all electric equipment and vehicles. This working group aims to establish OEM agnostic charging standards by prototyping a potential open charging system.
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State of Play: Electrification
Mine electrification is a foundation enabler for the clean energy transformation of mine sites. The mining industry sees it as one of the most pressing transformation imperatives for the industry, facilitating precision automation and the digitisation of mine operations, whilst improving environmental and health outcomes.