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

 

Ensuring Sustainable Battery Minerals Industry in Australia through Life Cycle Assessment

This PhD project is one of the centre piece in the project ‘Advancing Certification and Improving Life-Cycle Analysis for Market Advantage’ funded by Future Battery Industries Cooperative Research Centre (FBICRC), in collaboration with their research partners University of Technology Sydney, University of Western Australia, and Murdoch University. This project is supported by leading battery minerals industries in Australia and other reputed industries related to mine site certification and life cycle assessment.

This project aims for the assurance of responsible sourcing of battery minerals through the sustainability assessment of the minerals and mine site certification. The project outcomes will contribute to responsible sourcing and sustainable supply chain activities of battery minerals in Australia for industry-wide collaboration, improved social and environmental performance, and market advantage of Australian battery minerals in the global economy. As part of the FBICRC project, the MISE group at the University of Melbourne is offering a fully funded PhD position for researchers passionate for environmental performance analysis through life cycle assessment.

Further information: https://fbicrc.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Project-contact-Demonstrating-market-advantage-through-certification.pdf