Surface mining operations face specific challenges in transitioning from diesel equipment. We can’t simply invest in battery electric vehicles or hydrogen power or trolly systems and expect it to work. There are different technologies to consider, along with infrastructure, regulatory requirements, training, and other needs to ensure that any investment made to move toward the realization of emission targets and overall net-zero goals isn’t wasted. That’s why it’s critical for the industry to work together to develop a roadmap and good practices for how to successfully navigate this transition.
A guideline for Implementing the Transition to Non-Diesel Equipment for Surface Mining will help provide direction and specific approaches, and identify best practices to help facilitate the process. This guideline is currently being developed, and is in the “definition” phase as working group participants narrow the focus to specific perspectives from within the mine, such as:
From hydrogen fuel, big and small trucks, BEVs, and even conveyors, there’s so much to dissect to prepare for and drive toward this transition for existing and new mines.
This project needs:
Key requirements and considerations to focus on while preparing the implementation of new technology to replace diesel equipment in surface mining operations were identified and discussed during recent virtual workshops.
Some key topics and questions from the discussions include: