Globally mining companies are looking at electrification and autonomous mining as key elements of how we improve the way we mine. Building on work already underway, this workshop will bring stakeholders together to share experience and expertise, and identify the critical areas where we need to work together.
Continuing to advance the mining industry’s ability to deploy autonomous mining solutions remains an industry priority to increase safety and operational excellence. Building on successful deployments and the knowledge and expertise developed, and considering emerging options, the opportunities to rethink how we mine require not only innovation and technology development, but also a foundation of clear standards, good practices, and collaboration.
Mining companies have set decarbonization targets. The challenge remains identifying and implementing the technologies, systems and processes required in order to reach those goals. Technology advancement is underway – such as alternative energy sources, electrification of the fleet, including BEV’s, trolley assist and hydrogen power – to move away from the reliance on diesel to achieve goals such as carbon reduction, improving the working environment, mining at greater depths, and enhanced productivity, efficiency, and performance. While there are many benefits, there are also multiple challenges that come with them such as operational and infrastructure adjustments, new safety considerations, energy consumption modelling, and change management.
During this 3-hour workshop, participants will build on the work already underway to identify key considerations and current gaps in knowledge for the building and operation of the autonomous and electric mine, and define collaborative work that can be achieved in 2023 that will contribute to the progress towards future mining.
UWA – EZONE North – Room 113
Perth, Western Australia
October 25, 2022 | 8:30am – 12:00pm AWST