According to Max Luedtke, Global Head of Mining at ABB, in striving for zero carbon emissions, the mining industry is undergoing one of the most significant transformations of our generation globally.
ABB has launched ABB Ability eMine, a portfolio of solutions that will help accelerate the move towards a zero-carbon mine. ABB also recently introduced its Ability eMine FastCharge, the world’s fastest and most powerful charging system, which is designed to interface with all makes of electric mining haul trucks.
The eMine comprises a portfolio of electrification technologies which makes the all-electric mine possible from mine to port and is integrated with digital applications and services to monitor and optimise energy usage. It can electrify any mining equipment across hoisting, grinding, hauling and material handling. From 2022, it will include the new ABB Ability eMine FastCharge. It also incorporates the ABB Ability eMine Trolley System which can reduce diesel consumption by up to 90 percent, significantly lowering energy costs and environmental impact.
eMine FastCharge can serve as a cornerstone of the transition to fully electrified mines. This automated solution is being designed for the harshest environments and can be installed anywhere. It can charge any electric truck without human intervention at up to 600kW (the highest power available on today’s market) to minimise the downtime of mobile assets. Charging time will depend on the battery capacity onboard the haul truck and the operational profile, however in many instances a suitable state of charge could be reached within 15 minutes, says ABB. With eMine, ABB is extending its capabilities to the electrification of mining trucks and technologies for the full hauling process.
Luedtke concludes, “ABB Ability eMine is an exciting milestone to help convert existing mining operations from fossil fuel energy to all-electric. Mines can become ever more energy efficient with vastly reduced levels of CO₂ emissions, while at the same time staying competitive and ensuring high productivity.”