Anglo American has built the world’s largest hydrogen-powered mine truck as part of its FutureSmart Mining program.
The hydrogen powered ultra-class electric mining haul truck is the outcome of a collaboration between Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE) and the British multinational mining company.
WAE has been assigned with developing the world’s first high voltage battery system for Anglo American’s Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) machine.
This scalable, high-power, modular lithium-ion battery will replace the existing vehicle’s diesel engine and be retrofitted, with testing scheduled to begin in South Africa later this year.
Putting electrified vehicles into mines – from large haul trucks to passenger vehicles and employee buses – will help Anglo American reach its Sustainable Mining Plan of reducing its global greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030.
Set to revolutionize mining machinery, the FCEV haul truck will be powered by a hydrogen Fuel Cell Module paired with a WAE scalable high-power modular lithium-ion battery system.
This remarkable arrangement, which replaces the existing vehicle’s diesel engine, is controlled by a high voltage power distribution unit delivering in excess of 1,000 kWh of energy storage.
Offering significant peak power capability, it will also deliver the robustness seen in industrial diesel engines for harsh environments.
The power units will be designed and built at WAE and integrated into an existing mining haul truck.
WAE has drawn on its extensive experience as the sole battery supplier to the FIA Formula E global motorsport series for the first four seasons.
WAE is also the sole battery supplier to the new FIA Extreme E racing programme, which begins in 2021.
According to Anglo American, the electric vehicle’s battery system will be capable of recovering energy through regenerative braking as the haul truck travels downhill.
The mining company will also undertake studies after the initial trials to understand how these power units can be used to provide energy storage in second life applications.
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