Mining electrification and infrastructure and the need for innovations towards all-electric mines
Ensuring the selection of the right electrical technologies and products, their correct dimensioning, compliance with environmental conditions - leading to substantial savings in investment and energy consumption. Collaborating with the industry to find new ways to transition from diesel to electricity.
The future for mining
electrification has already started. Electricity transformation of off-grid mining to battery energy storage and renewables is underway. A lot of progressive companies are investing in fully-electric or hybrid-electric vehicles to dump diesel, cut costs and pollution and use new technologies more appealing to the millennials. However, they also present a new set of challenges for mine operators concerning infrastructure, maintenance, and operating constraints. ABB contributes to developing much-needed guidance for mine design and equipment innovation and providing solutions to potential electric mine problems before they occur.