Every operator is at a different stage in their electrification journey, of course, but one thing is for sure: the transition is irreversible and those that fail to innovate and invest risk losing competitive advantage. However, technology is nothing without vision and context. What do I mean by that?
Well, increasing numbers of mining customers are asking ABB for open-standard, vendor-agnostic technology solutions – developed collaboratively by technical suppliers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) – that evolve as the customer’s needs change, offering improved flexibility, value for money and return on investment.
An example of this is the pilot technology ABB Ability™ eMine FastCharge – part of the new ABB Ability™ eMine portfolio unveiled at the most recent MINExpo – a fully automated charging system offering up to 600kW of power. We are working closely with OEMs, Stäubli and MEDATech, to ensure the requisite infrastructure is place so that industry can enjoy the full benefits now, and in future electrify a range of equipment, from drills and excavators to loaders.
Overall, eMine™ comprises a portfolio of electrification technologies which makes the all-electric mine possible from mine to port and is integrated with digital applications and services to monitor and optimize energy usage. It can electrify any mining equipment across hoisting, grinding, hauling and material handling. It is backed by integral design planning and thinking to maximize the value of electrification to reduce overall costs and improve mine performance while significantly lowering environmental impact.