The 5 pillars of ABB's eMine™ approach to transition to all-electric mine

What does it take to build a successful all-electric mine?

Electrifying your mine, like mining itself, is a process. Based on industry expertise and deep experience, our team understands the challenges facing you as you consider transitioning to all-electric.

But understanding is only half the battle. eMine™ makes the all-electric mine possible with purposeful approach, proven methods, electrification & digital systems - all integrated from mine to port.

ABB's 5-point action plan to develop an electric mine

1. We start with a strong foundation: ABB's broad portfolio

From pit to port and mine to market, we are equipped to electrify your mine. Our fit-for-purpose solutions are designed to meet the operational demands of the modern mine, and they’re backed by ABB’s decades of real-world experience in electrifying, automating and digitally connecting mine equipment and operations.

2. We then collaborate to combine expertise and optimize outcomes

All-electric mine requires all working together.

The time to change is now. But the mining industry is clear that when it comes to electrification, nobody can make it alone. Partnerships and co-creation of solutions with OEMs, other mining companies and governments are needed to successfully integrate electrification in mines. We are working with OEMs to fast-track the development of new emissions-reducing systems with electrification and automation of the whole mining operation the goal.

Our joint development and co-creation approach leverages the domain expertise of key partners to meet a wider range of needs:

  • Mining Company
  • Mechanical
  • Infrastructure and Civil
  • Vehicle OEM or Retrofitter
  • Mine Designer


3. We increase added value by early involvement in your all-electric mine design

An all-electric mine looks a lot different than a traditional one. Your ABB team will partner with you during the earliest stages - pre-planning and design - which will help increase added value, provide greater costs savings and reduce complexity. By getting in early, we can provide interoperable, fit-for-purpose solutions and technologies that make mines safer, smarter and reduce carbon emissions. By integrating the whole mine digitally, we are set up to plan, monitor and control processes, optimizing operations and energy usage.
You can leverage ABB's consulting services and domain knowledge for:

  • Optimized solutions and trade-offs (e.g., hoist vs. conveyors vs. trucks) considering geology and operations
  • Integrated electrical solutions considering load peaks based on duty cycle, harmonics, voltage dip mitigation and network protection
  • Combined digital, automation and electrification solutions, also considering existing systems and leveraging partners
  • Identification of correct technology for applications, considering energy efficiency and environmental impact
  • Focus on early solution standardization

4. We provide solutions tailored to unique requirements of all-electric mines

Building on decades of mining project electrification experience and expertise, and over 10 years’ experience in providing charging infrastructure for buses, trucks and cars, we are able to offer solutions that are uniquely designed to handle the requirements of the mining industry based on latest technologies.

And by integrating these solutions with automation and digital systems, we are set up to plan, monitor and control processes, optimizing operations and energy usage from grid to wheel.

Underground to open pit, we have the pieces in place to make your all-electric mine a success.

5. Once we get you up and running, ABB lifecycle services keep you that way

Rapid response

Guaranteed fast and flexible service response to maximize equipment availability.

Lifecycle management

Provides power tools and our knowledge base to optimize and extend equipment life.

Performance improvement

Increased productivity through usability and efficiency optimization of equipment and processes.

ABB services are tailored to the specific challenges of our customers. Through our advanced digital services, our mining experts can monitor your plant remotely, 24/7, to help keep your production up and running. Advanced digital mining services can collect and analyze your mining asset and operational data, providing remote expert support to identify, categorize and prioritize actions.

And once you have invested in ABB mining equipment and solutions, we do everything to help you protect your investment – with an extensive training program to continuously improve staff expertise.

ABB acts as single source supplier with global integration experience for electrical, instrumentation and control. This provides a fast-track way of moving mines from costly and reactive time-based maintenance to planned preventive and predictive interventions. Through remote services, predictive maintenance and upgrades and retrofits, ABB helps mining companies ensure maximum performance throughout the mine’s lifecycle.
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