March 28, 2020

Williams Advanced Engineering To Develop World’s Largest Hydrogen-Powered Mine Truck

Global mining company, Anglo American, has engaged Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE) to develop its new Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV): an ultra-class electrically powered mining haul truck, which is set to be the world’s largest hydrogen powered mine truck.

Anglo American has committed to reducing its global greenhouse gas emissions by 30 per cent by 2030 and by putting electrified vehicles into mines – from large haul trucks to passenger vehicles and employee buses – the company says it will help Anglo American reach its targets.

The FCEV haul truck will be powered by a hydrogen Fuel Cell Module paired with a WAE scalable high-power modular lithium-ion battery system. This arrangement, which replaces the existing vehicle’s diesel engine, is controlled by a high voltage power distribution unit delivering in excess of 1,000 kWh of energy storage.

The power units will be designed and built at WAE in the UK and integrated into an existing mining haul truck, with testing taking place later this year in South Africa.  The companies say that studies will take place after the initial trials to understand how these power units can be used to provide energy storage in second life applications.

“We have a longstanding commitment as a leader in responsible mining, with numerous examples of our progressive business decisions across many decades and we look forward to working with Williams Advanced Engineering to deliver this important step-change technology, a true world first for a vehicle of this size and load capacity,” said Julian Soles, Head of Technology Development for Anglo American.

“With their extensive industry experience, we believe Williams can help us to deliver this ground-breaking project, which is part of our plan to create a smart energy mix that moves us closer towards our carbon and energy targets for 2030 and, ultimately, our vision of operating a carbon-neutral mine.”