Anglo American has unveiled a prototype of the world’s largest hydrogen-powered mine haul truck designed to operate in everyday mining conditions.
Launched at its Mogalakwena PGMs mine in South Africa, the 2MW hydrogen-battery hybrid truck, generating more power than its diesel predecessor and capable of carrying a 290-tonne payload, is part of Anglo American’s nuGen Zero Emission Haulage Solution (ZEHS).
It provides a fully integrated green hydrogen system, consisting of production, fuelling and haulage system, with green hydrogen to be produced at the mine site.
nuGen is part of FutureSmart Mining, Anglo American’s innovation-led approach to sustainable mining – which brings together technology and digitalisation to drive sustainability outcomes, including our commitment to carbon-neutrality across our operations by 2040.
Anglo American chief executive Duncan Wanblad said over the next several years, the company envisages converting or replacing its current fleet of diesel-powered trucks with this zero-emission haulage system, fuelled with green hydrogen.
“If this pilot is successful, we could remove up to 80 per cent of diesel emissions at our open pit mines by rolling this technology across our global fleet,” he said.