- Accelerate the advancement and adoption of electric mining technologies in underground and surface contexts by sharing data, best practices, models, and cross-learning.
- Enable a global community of practice that includes operators, suppliers, subject matter experts, and leaders from inside and outside the industry to drive valuable conversations, share lived examples, and find collaborative solutions to key challenges.
- Oversee projects that deliver high-quality information and guidance on electric mining technologies and designing electric mines
- Potential risks and safety considerations associated with electric equipment such as fire safety
- Battery management
- Designing electric mines
- Equipment monitoring
- Analyzing electric equipment based on performance, cost, and requirements
- Emerging non-diesel technologies
WHY ELECTRIC MINES MATTER
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:
- A safer work environment
- Reduced energy costs
- Minimized environmental impacts
- Enhanced productivity, efficiency, and performance
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.