Engineering & Mining Journal - January 2022
In an interview with Engineering & Mining Journal, Tony Sprague of Newcrest Mining talks BEVs, dynamic charging, BluVein's underground and surface mining solutions, and how partnerships are the new leadership in mining.
By Carly Leonida, European Editor
Over the past 12 months, a tangible sense of urgency has developed around climate change mitigation. The net-zero decarbonization targets that major and midtier miners have set themselves are adding significant tailwinds to the removal of diesel engines from both underground and surface mines. The contribution that battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) could make toward reducing operational emissions is undeniable, but in the grand scheme of things, uptake is still slow.
Australia-based Newcrest Mining is currently involved in two mining company-led innovation projects — Project BluVein and the Charge on Innovation Challenge — both designed to accelerate BEV technology development and adoption. Together with its peers, the company is on a mission to break down the barriers that stand in the way of fully electric mine haulage.
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