ABB calls for more collaboration to accelerate transition to electric mines

2021-04-08T09:20:10+00:00 April 8th, 2021|Bulletin|

Original Equipment Manufacturer Hitachi Construction Machinery and ABB are exploring opportunities for mine operators to target net-zero emissions from mining machinery.

ABB has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Hitachi Construction Machinery to share their expertise and collaborate in bringing solutions to market that will reduce the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with heavy machinery in mining.

Hitachi’s electric drive hydraulic excavator. Photo by ABB

Hitachi’s electric drive hydraulic excavator. Photo by ABB

The companies will explore possibilities to apply ABB’s electrification, automation and digital solutions to mining trucks and excavators provided by Hitachi Construction Machinery as part of wider efforts with mine operators to electrify all processes from pit to port. Hitachi also brings expertise in driverless operation and labour-saving technologies. The aim of the combined solutions is to enhance the efficiency and flexibility of customer businesses, contributing to the reduction of CO₂ and the realisation of a sustainable society.

The collaboration with Hitachi Construction Machinery is one of many that ABB are looking to develop with OEMs to accelerate the transition to all-electric mines.

“ABB is calling for more collaboration between OEMs and technology companies to fast-track the development of new emissions-reducing systems with electrification and automation of the whole mining operation the goal. We are ready to work more with OEMs to establish a common approach for the market, and through strategic collaboration provide solutions that can help enable a low-carbon society and make mining operations more responsible,” says Joachim Braun, division president, Process Industries at ABB. “New emissions-reducing technologies can transform the energy-intensive mining industry to achieve an even more productive, but also sustainable future,” says Braun.

ABB has over 130 years of experience in the mining industry and delivers complete electrification, automation and digital solutions, industry-specific products, and lifecycle services across every stage of the mining cycle.

“Today, the challenge of our customers is on electrification of trucks and the time to change is now. But nobody can achieve this transformation alone. Co-creation of solutions with OEMs and mining companies is needed to successfully integrate electrification in mines.” Says Max Luedtke, ABB’s global head of mining.

ABB’s digital applications draw on advanced libraries and software solutions to reduce process complexity and can integrate with existing equipment and technology. ABB Ability MineOptimize is a digitalised portfolio of connected solutions that is already improving the energy efficiency as well as productivity and optimisation of Capex and opex of open pit and underground mines worldwide.