The World’s Biggest Hydrogen-Powered Mining Truck Is A Sight To See
Anglo American’s colossal 2 MW hydrogen-battery hybrid truck is the product of the company’s nuGen Zero Emissions Haulage Solution (ZEHS), a part of Anglo American’s FutureSmartMining sustainable mining initiative. “The mining industry is playing a considerable role in helping the world decarbonize, both through our own emissions footprint and the metals and minerals that we produce, that are critical to low carbon energy and transport systems,” said Duncan Wandblad, Chief Executive of Anglo American.
Working with other technology companies like ENGIE, First Mode, Ballard, and NPROXX, Anglo American retrofitted a 2-megawatt hybrid battery and hydrogen fuel cell powerplant into a diesel-powered mining hauler. The fuel cell provides half the power in motivating the truck, while the other half is from a massive battery pack that recovers electricity from braking.
Typical of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, hydrogen fuel mixes with oxygen to create a chemical reaction using platinum as a catalyst, according to Anglo American. The reaction produces electricity to feed the motors and turn the wheels, while the only emission is water vapor.
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May 12, 2022 at 01:20PM