The mining industry’s reliance on fossil fuels is undergoing a shift in response to the benefits of eliminating diesel: creating a safer working environment, reducing costs of ventilation, heat generation, and maintenance, and responding to social demand for sustainable energy. Electric vehicles in mining have been identified as a viable alternative to achieve these benefits.
Industry collaboration is essential for facing some of the challenges with the transition process, including energy consumption modelling, operational and infrastructure adaptations, and change management. During this virtual forum, the industry will come together to define best practices and collaborate for moving forward with electric mining, leading the mining industry towards a safer, more efficient future.
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September 23 | 9am-12pm (EDT)| 3pm-6pm (CEST)| 9pm-12am (AWST)|
Panel: Business Case for BEVs
Ron Miller, Director – Asset Management, Energy, Newmont
James Coe, Chief Engineer ‑ LHD NPD, Komatsu
Steve Holmik, Mobile Equipment Specialist, Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations, A Glencore Company
Electrifying Current and Future Vale Underground Mines – Lessons learnt and future work plan
Nick Gardner, Global Manager Mining Engineering & Technology, Vale Base Metals
Green Electricity Vehicles have been trending in the mining industry over the past ten years. As mining companies including Vale, seek to reduce carbon emission, Green Electric Vehicles have been at the forefront of discussions with an emphasis on Battery Electric Vehicles. The paradigm shift from Diesel to Electric is exciting, but it comes with its challenges. As it stands, notwithstanding all the advantages that Battery Electric Vehicles pose including a reduction in air and noise pollution, the associated ventilation and maintenance cost have not been fully justified at Vale. To unravel the overall value, power and charging infrastructure cost, equipment reliability, battery recycling cost, and metrics has to be further understood. Vale is going green and will electrify its current and future mine, but the ROI has to be clearly outlined to the business.
Onwards and Upwards
Maarten Van Koppen, Product Manager – Mine Operations, MacLean Engineering
MacLean Engineering has a large BEV fleet operating across Canada. This presentation will provide an overview of the current fleet, walk through on-board data availability and remote equipment monitoring and provide a roadmap for the near term feature of new products and product options to better support our customers.