ABB Ability eMine FastCharge is the new full automated charging system developed by ABB to give a boost to the electrification process in the mining sector. The system is capable to offer up to 600 kW of power and is part of the eMine portfolio of solutions offered by ABB with the aim of drastically reducing fuel consumption of vehicles working in mines. As proven by the recently announced collaboration between ABB and Hitachi Construction Machinery, the final goal is to promote a full electrified work environment or, in other words, a zero-carbon mine.
ABB eMine FastCharge within the eMine environment
More into details, 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.
Besides the environmental benefits, fuel price volatility, making electricity more cost competitive, and legislation are driving the move to electric-powered mines. ABB not only understands these requirements, but we can also equip the industry to meet themMehrzad Ashnagaran, Global Product Line Manager, Electrification and Composite Plant, ABB
The new ABB Ability eMine FastCharge is currently in pilot phase and, according to the producer, will be made available next year, in 2022. It also incorporates the ABB Ability eMine Trolley System which can reduce diesel consumption by up to 90 percent, significantly lowering energy costs and environmental impact.
Towards all-electric mines?
«The global mining industry is undergoing one of the most significant and important transformations of our generation – and that is to become zero-carbon», said Max Luedtke, Global Head of Mining at ABB. «ABB Ability eMine is an exciting milestone to help convert existing mining operations from fossil fuel energy to all-electric. Mines can become even more energy efficient with vastly reduced levels of CO₂ emissions, while at the same time staying competitive and ensuring high productivity».
ABB Ability eMine FastCharge can be installed anywhere and can charge any electric truck without human intervention at up to 600kW, the highest power available on today’s market to minimize the downtime of mobile assets. Charging time will depend on the battery capacity onboard the haul truck and the operational profile, however in many instances a suitable state of charge could be reached within 15 minutes.