This working group is a global community that aims to accelerate the adoption of all-electric technologies in mining, address the challenges associated with them, and share information on how they can enable safer, more efficient, productive, and cost-effective mines.
The mining industry relies on fossil fuels, namely diesel, to drive business. However, they are expensive and limited resources and have been proven to pose health hazards. For example, diesel emissions are classified as ‘Group 1: carcinogenic to humans’ by the World Health Organization.
Electric mining technologies offer multiple advantages:
While there are many benefits, there are also multiple challenges that come with them, including energy consumption modelling, operational and infrastructure adaptations, and change management.
These workshops are being held to build on the various projects and activities already underway globally and identify collaboration requirements that the GMG working group should focus on. A lens of consideration is to determine if there are areas where both surface and underground should be working together. Workshops are scheduled for September 14th, October 18th, November 22nd, and December 13th. More information is available here.
GMG is holding virtual workshops to discuss key priorities on decarbonization and further define a collaboration strategy for them. Workshops are scheduled for August 31st and September 28th. More information is available here.
Recommended Practices for Battery Electric Vehicles in Underground Mining – Version 3 is now published. This guideline provides guidance and an overall discussion about the benefits, drawbacks, and planning requirements for designing and implementing a BEV fleet within an existing or new mine. Key features of version 3 include new and expanded content on safety, risk, and emergency response, more on maintenance, and new sections on automated connection interfaces. Thank you to all volunteers who contributed to this guideline. Visit the guideline page.
This project aims to enable a neutral platform for the industry to monitor, track, and record electric equipment utilization. Additionally, it will provide best practices, lessons learned, and root causes. Learn more
This project aims to develop common key performance indicators to help enable mine operators to identify equipment performance and benchmark against other mine operations with the goal of improved electric equipment performance. It is currently in content generation. Learn more
A survey that was open between April and June 2020 with 95 respondents (as of June 9) and workshops held on May 7 and May 20 aimed to define priorities for the GMG Electric Mine Operational Knowledge Sharing Platform project. This project aims to create a neutral platform to capture performance data for electric surface and underground equipment based on the industry’s knowledge and experience. Click here to read.
Provides guidance and overall discussion about the benefits, drawbacks, and planning needed to design and implement a BEV fleet within an existing or new mine. Click here to access guideline
The Battery electric vehicles (BEVs) have seen many advancements in the past two years. Further, there is a continued urgency around reducing greenhouse gases and a growing industry interest in adopting battery electric technologies, in both the underground and surface communities. Advancements such as the greater variety of battery chemistries on the market, changing ventilation requirements and varied charging philosophies need to be captured and recorded based on real operating experiences. The project aims to update the previous version of the guideline leveraging lessons learned, particularly related to safety and maintenance, and accommodating technology advancements. It will also add information to provide valuable guidance to the surface mining community. Click here to watch.
Thomas Dubaniewicz, general engineer at NIOSH, presents about a recent research on lithium batteries. Click here to watch.
The GMG Electric Mine Operational Knowledge Sharing Platform project aims to create a neutral platform to capture performance data for electric surface and underground equipment based on the industry’s knowledge and experience. Currently, many mining companies are deploying or testing electric vehicles to learn how to best utilize them and how to plan for it. Click here to watch.