Mining and hydrogen in the spotlight at COP27

The COP27 Sustainable Innovation Forum has been hearing how hydrogen can play a key role in hard-to-abate industries and megaprojects.

Rohitesh Dhawan, President and CEO of the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), highlighted the nuGenTM hydrogen-powered ultra-class mine haul truck that is being piloted by Anglo American.

It is an ambitious project that marks the first time a truck of this size and load capacity – providing a total laden weight of 510 tonnes – has been converted to run on hydrogen that will be produced on-site, in hybrid combination with a battery.

“On a mining site, typically 50-to-80% of the emissions are the diesel we burn to power the trucks,” he said. “So we have to decarbonise these trucks.”

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