Mobile mine electrification report released

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The FBICRC is very pleased to release our “Overview of Australia’s mining vehicle and mining equipment electrification” report by the University of Adelaide.

Mining contributes around 19% to Australia’s total emissions. Technology has now developed to a point at which mine electrification is now a realistic option. Australia’s mines are increasingly powered by hybrid solar and battery systems, with battery powered light vehicles, haul trucks and rail. Underground vehicle electrification can reduce ventilation needs and improve worker amenity.

Chief Executive Officer Shannon O’Rourke congratulated report authors Ali Pourmousavi Kani Hirad Assimi Wen Soong Bryan Foley Sayed Nasrollah Hashemian Shah Mohammad Mominul Islam.

“The report uncovered a significant gap in the understanding of mine fleet electrification.  Unlocking the full potential of electric-fleets will require whole of system design and operational tools which the FBICRC and University of Adelaide are developing. We are actively seeking foundation clients to prototype these tools,” said Shannon.

With better tools, training and understanding, Australia can accelerate its mine electrification, shorten mine development times, improve reliability and reduce operating and maintenance costs.  Enjoy the report!

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