Mine Electrification – Electric Mobile Fleet Operation

Mining is a critical industry in Australia. About 30-50% of the total mine site energy usage is related to diesel-powered mining vehicles. This represents a significant proportion of current mining operational costs and the prevalence of diesel fuel usage present a significant health and safety concerns. The mining industry is also under pressure from governments, investors, and society to reduce their share of 4 to 7% of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions globally. The use of electric vehicles and machinery combined with partial or stand-alone renewable energy powered microgrids provides a pathway to more efficient, sustainable and safer mining operations. This project, led by The University of Adelaide, is expected to provide the Australian mining industry with a suite of decision-making tools and information that will aid their transition towards using battery-supported electric vehicles (BEVs) and associated stationary machinery in their mining operations.

In this PhD project, we want to assess mobile fleet operations at two specific mine sites. This includes data collection and analysis of fleet operations. This will be followed by the development of a model that converts existing diesel fleet operations to a battery-supported fleet scenario. Finally, a technology selection, sizing and scheduling system will be developed for the continuous operation of the proposed BEV fleet using existing and emerging market technologies.

Financial Support: $35,000 pa stipend + $5,000 pa research allowance (e.g., conference and publications fees)

Supervisor / Key person to contact: for any inquiry, please get in touch with Dr Ali Pourmousavi Kani at a.pourm@adelaide.edu.au or +61883138311 as the project leader

Further information: PhD Electric Mobile Fleet Operation

 

Mine Electrification – Energy and Storage Infrastructure Design

Mining is a critical industry in Australia. About 30-50% of the total mine site energy usage is related to diesel-powered mining vehicles. This represents a significant proportion of current mining operational costs and the prevalence of diesel fuel usage present a significant health and safety concerns. The mining industry is also under pressure from governments, investors, and society to reduce their share of 4 to 7% of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions globally. The use of electric vehicles and machinery combined with partial or stand-alone renewable energy powered microgrids provides a pathway to more efficient, sustainable and safer mining operations. This project, led by The University of Adelaide, is expected to provide the Australian mining industry with a suite of decision-making tools and information that will aid their transition towards using battery-supported electric vehicles (BEVs) and associated stationary machinery in their mining operations.

In this PhD project, we want to design the backbone energy and storage infrastructure required for the 24/7 operation of a BEV mobile fleet considering the unique environmental and operational conditions of two actual mine sites, redundancy and reliability requirements. In addition, the project will develop an optimal framework for technology selection, sizing and scheduling of hybrid energy systems. Various options from grid connection reinforcement, renewable energy sources and different storage technologies will be considered in the technology selection study.

Financial Support: $35,000 pa stipend + $5,000 pa research allowance (e.g., conference and publications fees)

Supervisor / Key person to contact: for any inquiry, please get in touch with Dr Ali Pourmousavi Kani at a.pourm@adelaide.edu.au or +61883138311 as the project leader

Further information: PhD Energy Storage Infrastructure