ABB’s high power battery technology helps transition to all-electric mining operations

Hitachi Construction Machinery and ABB to collaborate on a zero-emission battery electric rigid dump truck utilizing powerful energy storage solutions.

ABB and Hitachi Construction Machinery have signed a collaboration agreement to develop an electric rigid dump truck with customized on-board energy storage system. Using ABB’s innovative battery technology will enable trucks to transform from diesel to full electric operation. The electric vehicle draws the power needed from overhead catenary while simultaneously charging the on-board energy storage system.

The use of ABB’s high power and long-life energy storage systems will reduce the vehicle’s curb weight and lower the initial, as well as, lifecycle costs of the vehicle. In-motion charging eliminates recharging stops, which increases the vehicle’s operational efficiency and productivity. When traveling downhill, regenerative braking allows the energy storage to recharge by converting mechanical energy into usable electrical energy - improving the overall efficiency of the vehicle.

Hitachi rigid dump truck with trolley line
Hitachi rigid dump truck with trolley line

“We are honored to collaborate with Hitachi Construction Machinery combining extensive industry expertise and innovative technologies to improve efficiency and accelerate the transition to all-electric mine operations”, said Edgar Keller, President of ABB’s Motion Traction Division. “By co-creating solutions, we can help mine operators achieve their production and sustainability goals.”

There is growing trend within the mining industry to electrify mining machinery to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases. Mine operators are looking to technology leaders to drive electrification and accelerate the process. Because of the need to reduce mining costs and increase productivity at mining sites, efficient technology must be developed to contribute to the reduction of CO2 while staying competitive and ensuring performance at the same time.

“The strengths and knowledge of both companies will be utilized to realize the early development of battery electric rigid dump trucks”, said Sonosuke Ishii, Senior Vice President and Executive Officer atHitachi Construction Machinery . “In addition, ABB’s energy storage solutions can also be used for static charging dump trucks and the technology is ready for future fuel cell electric vehicles. Both companies will continue with the development while looking ahead to the future.”

This joint development is a first collaboration following the memorandum of understanding signed by Hitachi Construction Machinery and ABB in March 2021 to accelerate the energy transition towards a carbon-neutral future in mining. The two companies will join forces to collaborate in bringing solutions to the market that will reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with heavy machinery used in mining.

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a leading global technology company that energizes the transformation of society and industry to achieve a more productive, sustainable future. By connecting software to its electrification, robotics, automation and motion portfolio, ABB pushes the boundaries of technology to drive performance to new levels. With a history of excellence stretching back more than 130 years, ABB’s success is driven by about 105,000 talented employees in over 100 countries. www.abb.com

ABB Motion keeps the world turning - while saving energy every day. We innovate and push the boundaries of technology to enable the low-carbon future for customers, industries and societies. With our digitally enabled drives, motors and services our customers and partners achieve better performance, safety and reliability. We offer a combination of domain expertise and technology to deliver the optimum drive and motor solution for a wide range of applications in all industrial segments. Through our global presence we are always close to serve our customers. Building on over 130 years of cumulative experience in electric powertrains, we learn and improve every day.

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