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ABB signs up with Liebherr Mining Equipment to develop solutions for net zero emissions mining machinery

ABB and global manufacturer of construction and mining machinery Liebherr to develop technology to accelerate the transition to all-electric mines.

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Objective

  • Collaborate in bringing solutions to market that will reduce the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with heavy machinery in mining.

Scope

  • ABB and Liebherr will explore the development of state-of-the-art equipment and digital solutions for overall electrification of mine sites, with particular focus on trolley support. 

How

  • Under the agreement, the companies will study and evaluate the possibility of future projects, using technologies available to them now and those becoming available in the coming months and years. 

Working closely together will improve understanding and awareness where new research and development opportunities might be.

“The ABB team is covering a very large footprint in the surface mining industry with a strong reputation in the supply of electrical infrastructure solutions. Trolley applications will be the key technology to reduce the overall GHG emissions from surface mining operations in the fastest way possible whilst maintaining all the benefits of haul trucks in terms of performance, cost, and operational flexibility. We also consider trolley as a key technology for fully electrified haul truck solutions.”

Peter Hoeher, Liebherr Mining Equipment Newport News Managing Director

“The Liebherr Mining Equipment team shares our commitment to developing solutions for mining operations that have net zero emissions at their core, and Building from our trolley assist infrastructure, which can reduce GHG emissions greatly, we can be part of wider electrification plans and help set bold targets for the near-term future.”

Mehrzad Ashnagaran, ABB’s Global Product Line Manager – Electrification and Composite Plant
The announcement today follows a call from ABB earlier this year for more collaboration between OEMs and the key technology suppliers. The mission of developing combined solutions is to enhance the efficiency and flexibility of customer businesses, contributing to the reduction of CO₂ and supporting a sustainable society. ABB is collaborating with some of the world’s most innovative mining customers, OEMs and technology innovators to accelerate the decarbonization of operations. ABB is committed to playing a fundamental role in the transition towards zero emissions industrial machinery, drawing on its domain expertise in electrification, digitalization and automation solutions, to support this objective.
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