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Anglo-American reveals the ‘world’s largest’ hydrogen-powered mine haulage truck in South Africa
Anglo-American reveals the ‘world’s largest’ hydrogen-powered mine haulage truck in South Africa

Anglo-American reveals the ‘world’s largest’ hydrogen-powered mine haulage truck in South Africa

Global mining giants Anglo-American unveiled on Friday (May 6) a prototype of the ‘world’s largest’ hydrogen-powered mine haulage truck.

Exhibiting a vital step in the transition to carbon-free mobility solutions across a range of hard-to-abate sectors, the use of this prototype could provide a boost to the hydrogen ecosystem.

This will be achieved by creating additional demand in a carbon intensive industry.

The Anglo-American haul vehicle will be utilised in the Mogalakwena PGM mine in South Africa – also recognised as the ‘largest’ open pit platinum mine in the world, the company said.

The 2MW hydrogen-battery hybrid truck, generating more power than its diesel predecessor and capable of carrying a 290-tonne payload, is part of Anglo American’s nuGen™ Zero Emission Haulage Solution (ZEHS).

It is believed that nuGen™ provides a fully integrated green hydrogen system, consisting of production, fuelling and haulage system, with green hydrogen also to be produced at the mine site.

Duncan Wanblad, Chief Executive of Anglo American, said, “nuGen™ is a tangible demonstration of our FutureSmart Mining™ programme changing the future of our industry.

With diesel emissions from our haul truck fleet accounting for c.10-15% of our total Scope 1 emissions, this is an important step on our pathway to carbon neutral operations by 2040.

“The mining industry is playing a considerable role in helping the world decarbonise, both through our own emissions footprint and the metals and minerals that we produce that are critical to low carbon energy and transport systems.

“Over the next several years, we envisage converting or replacing our current fleet of diesel-powered trucks with this zero-emission haulage system, fuelled with green hydrogen. If this pilot is successful, we could remove up to 80% of diesel emissions at our open pit mines by rolling this technology across our global fleet.”

Tony O’Neill, Technical Director of Anglo American, said, “We are incredibly proud of what our team, working with expert partners, has achieved in under three years. This is truly a world-class innovation and bears testament to our technical vision and determination to deliver a cleaner and smarter future for mining.

“It is these game-changing innovations that are exactly why we began our FutureSmart Mining™ journey in 2014, knowing how much of a difference we can make, including in the energy transition and across our societal footprint.

“Innovative, clean and independent power systems, such as our nuGen™ ZEHS project, offer a significant part of the emissions solution.”

North American Hydrogen Summit  

H2 View is taking its events platform to America’s original clean hydrogen hub of California. Together with the California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP), we will stage our North American Hydrogen Summit in San Francisco on July 14-15.

As our summit theme Building Bridges: Hydrogen hubs and investment suggests, the event will explore the $8bn of funding announced to create at least four regional hydrogen hubs in the US. These hubs will turbo-charge the nation’s progress toward heavy trucking and industrial sectors that run without producing carbon pollution – and they may just provide the path forward to a hydrogen-fuelled future.

With California and Texas vying to be America’s hydrogen capital today, where are the hubs of tomorrow? Further still, what can other states, and countries, learn from California’s success story? And how can we build bridges to a successful flow of international investment?

If you are a member of the CaFCP, be sure to grab your ticket at a discounted rate with a code that can be provided to you by the events team.

Full information about this event including attendance and sponsorship packages can be found here.


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