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BHP, Rio, Vale launch contest to cut haul truck emissions

Thu 13th May, 2021 2:00am
MELBOURNE, May 13 (Reuters) - The world's top three iron ore
miners on Thursday launched a competition to crowdsource
efficient ways to deliver power to battery-electric haulage
truck fleets as they strive to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
    The "Charge on Innovation Challenge", run by BHP Group
 BHP.AX , Rio Tinto  RIO.AX  and Vale S.A.  VALE3.SA  with
Australian mining services body Austmine, is looking for
fast-charging concepts that would deliver around 400
kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity to truck fleets at remote
mine sites.
    The mining industry is looking to move its diesel powered
truck fleets to electric to cut emissions. But one of the issues
is that current stationary charging systems require lots of time
to charge large trucks, which would impact productivity, they
said in a joint statement. 
    Diesel is a major contributor to miners' carbon emissions. 
    “We expect the Challenge will stimulate innovative ideas,
some of which could be immediately applied to existing
diesel-electric equipment and help fast-track implementation of
longer-term solutions," said President of BHP Minerals Australia
Edgar Basto. 
    Participants would need to come up with a solution that
would charge and propel the 220 tonne trucks within the truck’s
haul cycle which consists of load, travel, dump, return and
queue.  
    Expressions of interest will be open from May 18, and short
listed candidates are expected to pitch their concepts later
during this calendar year.
    The group is also inviting other miners to join the
competition as "patrons" which would allow them to influence the
commercialisation of mine charging concepts that promote
standard and interoperable approaches.
    “Partnerships and collaborations across a diverse range of
sectors can drive significant technological change," Rio Tinto
Group Executive Safety, Technical and Projects Mark Davies said
in the statement.
    "This is an important, industry-wide approach that has
potential to create new jobs and opportunities for suppliers,
both globally and locally.”

 (Reporting by Melanie Burton; Editing by Michael Perry)
 ((melanie.burton@thomsonreuters.com Twitter: @MelanieMetals;
+613 9286 1421; Reuters Messaging:
melanie.burton.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net))
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