Wärtsilä and Schneider Electric partnered on an end-to-end power system reference design for off-grid lithium mines. The design includes consulting, project design, infrastructure, equipment delivery, and commissioning.

The design concept expands to the lifecycle of the mine and it links the availability and performance of the power generating plant to a mine’s productivity, Wärtsilä said. “It will not only guarantee a reliable energy supply, but will do so with economic and environmental benefits that will raise the efficiency of the mining operations,” said Jean Nabb, director, strategic partnership, Wärtsilä Energy.

The framework for the partnership was signed in March 2020. A white paper on the solution was published in June 2021.