This week at MINExpo, ABB introduced eMine FastCharge, fully automated charging system for haul trucks. The system can be installed anywhere and can charge any electric truck without human intervention at up to 600 kilowatts (kW), the highest power available on today’s market to minimize the downtime of mobile assets, according to the company. Charging time will depend on the battery capacity onboard the haul truck and the operational profile. However, in many instances, a suitable state of charge could be reached within 15 minutes.

The fast-charging system is an addition to the ABB Ability eMine portfolio of solutions that company has launched to help accelerate the move toward a zero-carbon mine.

eMine comprises a portfolio of electrification technologies which makes the all-electric mine possible from mine to port and is integrated with digital applications and services to monitor and optimize energy usage. It can electrify any mining equipment across hoisting, grinding, hauling and material handling. From 2022, it will include new ABB Ability eMine FastCharge and the eMine Trolley System, which can reduce diesel consumption by up to 90%, significantly lowering energy costs and environmental impact.

“The global mining industry is undergoing one of the most significant and important transformations of our generation – and that is to become zero-carbon,” said Max Luedtke, Global Head of Mining at ABB. “ABB Ability eMine is an exciting milestone to help convert existing mining operations from fossil fuel energy to all-electric. Mines can become even more energy efficient with vastly reduced levels of CO₂ emissions, while at the same time staying competitive and ensuring high productivity.”

eMine provides integral design planning and thinking to maximize the value of electrification, helping to design the hauling process in the most optimized way with electrical solutions that match mine constraints and help meet production targets, Luedtke explained.