ABB, Zurich, Switzerland, recently launched ABB Ability eMine, a portfolio of solutions to help accelerate the move toward a zero-carbon mine future. The company also unveiled its piloting of ABB Ability eMine FastCharge, which is describes as “the world’s fastest and most powerful charging system, designed to interface with all makes of electric-mining-haul trucks.”
Among other things, eMine provides electrification technologies that make 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 all types of mining equipment, from hoisting, grinding, and hauling machinery, to material-handling solutions. It also incorporates the ABB Ability eMine Trolley System, which can reduce diesel consumption by up to 90% and, thus, significantly lower energy costs and environmental impact.
Starting in 2022, the eMine lineup will also include the previously mentioned FastCharge offering. According to ABB, FastCharge can serve as a cornerstone of the transition to fully electrified mines across the industry. This flexible and fully automated solution is being designed for the harshest environments and installation anywhere. The technology will be able to charge any electric truck without human intervention, up to 600kW (the highest power available in today’s market). While the charging time will depend on the battery capacity onboard the truck along with the operational profile, the manufacturer notes that, in many instances, a suitable state of charge could be reached within 15 minutes.