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.
There is a continued urgency to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and growing industry interest in adopting battery-electric technologies for underground and surface mining. Since the last edition, there’s been many advancements in battery chemistries on the market, changing ventilation requirements, varied charging methods, etc. that need to be documented in the guideline. Additionally, it will include a section for surface mining, best practices and lessons learned.
The first two editions of this guideline, developed in partnership with Canada Mining Innovation Council (CMIC), outline recommended practices for the use of BEVs in an underground mining environment.
Volunteers are currently working in the live document to update it for underground mining. There is a need for further engagement with experts on electric vehicles in surface mining and consideration on how to address surface content. To participate in the project, please contact GMG.
2020 Jul |Project presentation at The Electric Mine Working Group virtual meeting
Project leader presented the latest updates about the project and share the outcomes from the workshops. Key topics for Underground Mining (UG) were fire risk, fire suppression and mine rescue; more information and guidance on different battery chemistries; new content on automation, integration, and mixed fleets; and expanded maintenance information. As Surface Mining is different from UG, it included building a business case, environmental considerations for outdoor conditions, vehicle size and vehicle type. To access the material, please click here.
2020 Jun | Project Steering Committee Meeting
The project leaders met to revise and analyze the outcomes from all workshops, and defined the first draft of the guideline.
2020 May | Surface Mining Workshop #2
The second workshop for Surface had a same dynamic as the first workshop to ensure participation across the globe. Key topics around travel range, technical energy usage comparisons between underground and surface (KW), scalability, and other. Click here to read the outcomes.
2020 May | Surface Mining Workshop #1
The first workshop for Surface Mining identified key topics that need to be considered for the surface mining section/white paper. It included justifying BEVs on surface, mine design and planning considerations, energy storage systems, performance, among other. Click here to access the outcomes.
The guideline outlines the recommended practice for use of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) in the underground mining environment. It is structured as a specification and can be included by mining companies in tender documents to mining vehicle original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). It can serve as a blueprint / path forward for OEM research and development efforts.