The world’s largest hydrogen-battery hybrid mine haul truck starts work

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UK-headquartered multinational mining institution Anglo American contiguous launched a a prototype of the world’s largest hydrogen-powered excavation haul motortruck successful South Africa.

Hydrogen-battery hybrid excavation haul truck
Photo: Anglo American

The 2 megawatt (MW) hydrogen-battery hybrid motortruck generates much powerfulness than its diesel predecessor and is susceptible of carrying a 290-tonne (320-ton) payload.

The motortruck includes a 1.2 MWh artillery pack, arsenic the haul motortruck strategy uses aggregate substance cells, which present up to 800kW of power.

It’s designed to run successful mundane mining conditions astatine its Mogalakwena PGMs excavation successful northeast South Africa. The excavation is the world’s largest open-pit platinum radical metals mine. Anglo American intends to regenerate a fleet of 40 trucks determination that usage astir a cardinal liters of diesel annually.

The motortruck is portion of Anglo American’s nuGen Zero Emission Haulage Solution (ZEHS), a greenish hydrogen strategy astatine the excavation site. The strategy volition gully powerfulness from a star workplace to proviso a hydrogen electrolyzer to divided water, which volition past supply the trucks with greenish hydrogen fuel.

The ZEHS task is expected to beryllium afloat up and moving by 2026. It’s the archetypal measurement successful making 8 of the company’s mines c neutral by 2030. The planetary mining institution has acceptable a people of getting each of its operations to nett zero by 2040.

News24 reports:

“People told america 3 years agone this is not going to happen, this is not a bully idea. They are present opening to instrumentality existent notice,” Soles said astatine a presumption successful the South African metropolis of Polokwane. “The imaginativeness for america is to spot this rolled retired crossed our concern and the mining industry. It’s Anglo’s prime whether to commercialize this.”

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