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  • A brand new two-story tall Komatsu mining haul truck at a test site.

    Electric mine truck giants join forces

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 11, 2024

    BHP, Rio Tinto, Komatsu, and Caterpillar forge an alliance to accelerate deployment of battery-electric haul trucks. With all paths to net-zero-emissions mining leading through the ability to move rock without emitting carbon, two global mining companies are teaming up with two of the world's largest heavy equipment manufacturers to accelerate the development and deployment of battery-electric haul trucks. This landmark collaboration between BHP, Rio Tinto, Komatsu, and...

  • Site manager watching a Railveyor system working.

    Electrifying Elk Creek with Railveyor

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated May 21, 2024

    Scoping study finds implementing system could significantly reduce costs, time, and footprint in one fell swoop. In the pursuit of a domestic supply of the rare earths and other minerals critical to the United States, NioCorp Developments Ltd. has unveiled the results of a scoping study that demonstrates that the implementation of a Railveyor ore haulage system has the potential to reduce the carbon footprint, costs, and the time it takes to get to full production at its Elk... Full story

  • Front view of an electric Epiroc underground mine truck connected to a trolley.

    Trolley helps electrify underground mining

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated May 3, 2024

    Zero-carbon underground mines of the future take step closer to reality with first electric truck trolley system. Boliden, Epiroc, and ABB are each known for pushing the envelope of mining innovation and electrification. Now, these companies have pooled their expertise into installing the first fully battery-electric truck underground trolley system on an 800-meter-long test track within Boliden's Kristineberg mine in northern Sweden. "Over the past three years, we have...

  • A hydrogen fuel cell-powered haul truck at Mogalakwena mine.

    First Mode's next step to zero emissions

    K. Warner, For Metal Tech News|Updated Apr 3, 2024

    Installing fuel cells in more than 400 mining trucks for Anglo American. Only two months after a $1.5 billion transaction that transformed First Mode from a Seattle-based space mission engineering startup into a clean-energy subsidiary of global mining company Anglo American, the clean-energy firm is already busy retrofitting massive mining trucks with hydrogen fuel cells produced by Ballard Power Systems. Given First Mode's rapid ascent in the clean energy space, it is...

  • BluVeinXL charging system connecting large mining truck to blue e-rail.

    Charging the future e-mine with BluVein

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Mar 20, 2024

    Aussie tech company develops innovative on-the-go charging system for electric mining trucks; collaborating with Hitachi Energy to enhance system. The quest for net-zero carbon emissions has mining companies and heavy equipment manufacturers brainstorming on innovative ways to electrify mining trucks often designed to haul hundreds of tons of rock per load. A dynamic charging system developed by Australia-based BluVein offers a solution that can be retrofitted to all brands...

  • 3D rendering of the Hitachi all-electric EH4000 AC3 haul truck.

    Hitachi unveils all-electric mining truck

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Feb 21, 2024

    Works with ABB to develop prototype that seldom needs a recharge due to innovative trolly assist and regenerative braking system. Heavy equipment staple Hitachi Construction Machinery Co. and electrification and automation leader ABB Ltd. have reached a milestone in their collaboration to develop a battery-powered electric mining haul truck that never needs to break for a recharge. Under development since 2021, with the goal of meeting the growing demand for reducing...

  • A Wabtec battery-electric motor painted pink for breast cancer awareness.

    Electrifying mining's green revolution

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Dec 16, 2023

    With no Plan(et) B, Wabtec is pushing ahead with tech to electrify trains and trucks for net-zero emissions mines. From electric trains delivering Western Australia iron ore to the next generation of zero-emissions mining trucks, Wabtec Corp. is committed to providing the decarbonizing electrification solutions that will allow the mining industry to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. "What we are working on today is making sure that all of our solutions are geared towards... Full story

  • Teck Resources Caterpillar partnership zero-emissions electric haul truck mining

    Teck forges an electric Cat partnership

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jun 8, 2023

    Toward its goal of reducing carbon emissions from its operations by 33% by 2030 and being a completely carbon-neutral mining company by 2050, Teck Resources Ltd. has entered into an agreement with Caterpillar Inc. to develop, pilot, and ultimately deploy 30 zero-emissions large haul trucks to its mines. "Teck is already one of the world's lowest carbon intensity producers of copper, zinc and steelmaking coal, and now we are taking further action to develop and implement the te... Full story

  • A Volvo FH Electric truck dumping rocks inside an underground mine.

    Volvo, Boliden deploy EV mining trucks

    K. Warner, For Metal Tech News|Updated Jun 8, 2023

    Starting this year, Swedish mining group Boliden will begin incorporating heavy battery-electric trucks into its underground transport fleet, beginning with two vehicles from Volvo Trucks. Diesel engines are a major contributor to carbon dioxide emissions and hydrocarbons in underground mines – this poses a safety challenge that must be managed to ensure the health of below-ground miners. Diesel exhaust also increases the carbon footprint of mining companies seeking to r...

  • Ripples expand across a crystal-clear placid mountain lake.

    Caterpillar, NMG strengthen partnership

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated May 9, 2023

    To build electric mining equipment with potential to offer clean energy benefits that will ripple far beyond the mining sector. Building off a collaboration that was first forged in 2021, Caterpillar Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement to supply Nouveau Monde Graphite Inc. with electric mining equipment that will lower the carbon footprint of producing the graphite critical to lithium batteries. In turn, the junior mining company will supply the global heavy...

  • Volvo’s lineup in the battery-electric vehicle industry’s heavy trucks.

    Out in front: Volvo heads electrification

    K. Warner, For Metal Tech News|Updated Apr 16, 2023

    Since starting electric heavy truck production in 2019, Volvo has swiftly become a leader in the market with a running tally of 4,300 vehicles on the road in over 38 countries, including nearly half of all heavy electric trucks registered in North America last year. Additionally, the demand for zero-emission trucks over 16 tons has increased by 200% in Europe just in the last year, and Volvo Trucks holds the highest share of that market. Volvo currently offers the... Full story

  • A two-story-tall white Liebherr T 264 truck parked in a mine pit.

    Massive Fortescue mining truck battery

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Feb 8, 2023

    5 MWh battery designed by WAE for Liebherr haul truck charges in only 30 minutes. Australian iron ore miner Fortescue has received what is likely the largest electric vehicle battery in the world – a 1.4 megawatt-hour behemoth designed to power a 240-metric-ton mining haul truck it is developing in partnership with equipment manufacturer Liebherr. This massive 15-metric-ton battery – measuring a whopping 11.8 feet (3.6 meters) long, 5.2 feet (1.6 meters) tall, and 7.9 fee... Full story

  • A mining truck loaded with rock being helped up a slope with an overhead trolly.

    ABB, Boliden closing the mining CO2 loop

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Dec 20, 2022

    To lower the carbon footprint of its electric motors and other products that play a major role in allowing mining and many other sectors of the global economy to then lower their carbon footprint further, ABB is building a strategic partnership with Swedish mining and smelting company Boliden for low-carbon copper. Copper is a vital material for manufacturing the electrical equipment that is playing an increasingly important role in industrial applications that are...

  • A mining truck being pulled up a snowy slope by an overhead trolley.

    ABB, Perenti team up to electrify mining

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Dec 6, 2022

    To build team of experts focused on accelerating decarbonization of mining through electrification. Switzerland-based ABB and Australia-based Perenti Group have forged a partnership focused on establishing strategies that will help their mining clients achieve net-zero carbon emissions at operations around the globe. ABB, a company that has been electrifying mines since delivering the first drives and controls to a mine in Sweden in 1891, brings more than 130 years of...

  • Cat 793 Electric mining truck towers over more than 50 people posed for a photo.

    Cat unveils two electric mining prototypes

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Dec 6, 2022

    Demonstration of Cat 793 Electric mining truck; new mine site of the future to be built at Tucson test site. With executives from some of the world's largest mining companies on hand to witness the historic event, Caterpillar Inc. carried out its first demonstration of a battery electric 793 large mining truck prototype at the heavy equipment company's proving grounds south of Tucson, Arizona. Roughly as tall as a two-story building and capable of carrying nearly 500,000...

  • A Sandvik bolters, jumbos, and longhole drill in an underground mine.

    An electric Sandvik mining fleet deal

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Aug 2, 2022

    Toward the goal of producing zero-carbon copper at its McIlvenna Bay mine project in Saskatchewan, Canada, Foran Mining Corp. has ordered a fleet of 20 battery-electric underground mine trucks, loaders, drills, and other equipment from Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions. This US$32.4 million (330 million Swedish kronor) deal marks the largest single sale of Sandvik's growing line of electric mining equipment. "This record contract is the culmination of a year-long...

  • Cat is developing electric versions of large mining haul trucks like these.

    Cat electric trucks for BC gold-silver mine

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    With the goal of developing a carbon-neutral open pit mine at its Blackwater gold project in British Columbia, Artemis Gold Inc. has cut a deal with Caterpillar Inc. for the future delivery of electric haul trucks. Located in Central BC, the Blackwater Mine is forecast to produce roughly 7.5 million ounces of gold and 40.4 million oz of silver over 22 years. A feasibility study published last fall details an open-pit operation that will be developed in phases – starting off a...

  • Sandvik LH518B electric loader to be supplied to India's Hindustan Zinc.

    Sandvik deal electrifies Hindustan Zinc

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    In a move to help decarbonize the largest underground mine in India, Hindustan Zinc has signed a deal to acquire a fleet of Sandvik electric mining equipment for its Sindesar Khurd zinc-lead-silver operation. Under a memorandum of understanding, Sandvik will deliver an LH518B battery-electric loader, three battery-electric TH550B underground trucks, and a DD422iE electric drill rig with Sandvik's unique and patented "charging-while-drilling" technology. Built on Artisan...

  • ABB ioneer Rhyolite Ridge Nevada lithium boron North America electrification

    ABB to optimize ioneer's Rhyolite Ridge

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    Seeking every advantage when it comes to the efficient and sustainable production of lithium and boron at its Rhyolite Ridge project in Nevada, ioneer Ltd. has turned to the expertise of ABB, global leader in electrification, automation, and digitalization for mining and other industrial sectors. "ABB is focused on providing environmentally sound engineering and technology solutions," said ioneer Managing Director Bernard Rowe. "This aligns with ioneer's ambition to not only...

  • BHP Group electrification Pilbara Western Australia train iron ore rail network

    BHP orders battery electric locomotives

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    On the heels of Rio Tinto's order for four battery-electric locomotives to pull trains of iron ore in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, BHP has placed an order for four of its own battery-electric locomotives to be trialed on its Western Australia Iron Ore rail network. Both of these global miners see electrification of mining and transport equipment as an important facet of achieving their steep carbon dioxide emission reduction targets moving forward. "Replacing... Full story

  • Rio Tinto Australia Wabtec electric train FLXdrive battery locomotive Pilbara

    Electric trains to haul Rio Tinto iron

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    Taking a large step toward its goal of halving the carbon emissions at its iron mines in the Pilbara region of Western Australia by 2030, Rio Tinto has placed an order with Wabtec Corp. for four FLXdrive battery-electric locomotives. "Our partnership with Wabtec is an investment in innovation and an acknowledgment of the need to increase the pace of our decarbonization efforts," said Rio Tinto Iron Ore Managing Director of Port, Rail and Core Services Richard Cohen. The...

  • Copper Mountain ABB British Columbia Canada mining trolley electrification

    Trolley electrifies Copper Mountain Mine

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Apr 5, 2022

    Faster, cheaper, and less carbon-intensive, a new 1,000-meter-long trolley assisting fully-loaded mining haul trucks out of the pit at Copper Mountain Mining Corp.'s mine in British Columbia is proving to be a successful step toward the company's goal to be a net-zero carbon emissions miner by 2035. "We are proud to be the first open pit mine to commission electric trolley assist haulage in North America," said Copper Mountain Mining President and CEO Gil Clausen. "Through... Full story

  • ABB Epiroc Boliden electrification Kristineberg MT42 truck eMine Trolley System

    Swedish firms advance mine electrification

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Feb 11, 2022

    In another move to attain its vision of being the most climate-friendly and respected metals supplier on the planet, Boliden has teamed up with global technology company ABB and mining equipment manufacturer Epiroc to develop and demonstrate an electric trolley truck system on a test track at its Kristineberg underground mine in northern Sweden. The system developed by this trio of Northern European-based companies, which will enable heavy transportation with electrically... Full story