In the global quest to significantly decarbonize mining operations, eight technology innovators’ submissions have been selected to progress beyond the Charge On Innovation Challenge. The global challenge, launched by BHP, Rio Tinto and Vale, sought to accelerate commercialization of effective solutions for charging large electric haul trucks while simultaneously demonstrating there is an emerging market for these solutions in mining.
The eight innovators selected are ABB, Ampcontrol and Tritium (Australia), BluVeinXL, DB Engineering & Consulting with Echion Technologies, Hitachi, Shell Consortium, Siemens Off-board power supply, and 3ME Technology.
The Charge On Innovation Challenge was launched in 2021 and invited vendors and technology innovators from around the world and across industries to collaborate with the mining industry to present novel electric truck charging solutions.
The Challenge received interest from more than 350 companies across 19 industries, with more than 80 companies submitting expressions of interest (EOI). Twenty-one companies were then invited to present a detailed pitch of their solution. The final eight were chosen from these 21 companies.
These technology innovators worked together with the founding patrons — BHP, Rio Tinto, and Vale — and 16 other mining companies to accelerate commercialization of interoperable solutions that can safely deliver electricity to large battery-electric off-road haul trucks while reducing emissions while enhancing mine productivity.