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.
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
Designing electric mines
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.
Battery Electric Vehicles in Underground Mining v3
There is a continued urgency to reduce greenhouse gases and growing industry interest in adopting battery-electric technologies for underground and surface mining. The project will enable the industry to adopt electric vehicles in their mine operations and/or enhance their current process in BEVs and battery charging. It is currently at the end of the content generation phase. Learn more.
Electric Mine Operational Knowledge Sharing Platform
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
Electric Mobile Equipment KPIs and Definitions
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.
This guideline outlines the recommended practices for using battery electric vehicles (BEVs) in an underground mining environment. It is structured as a specification and can be included in mining companies’ tender documents to mining vehicle original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). 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.
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.