Anglo American unveils prototype 2MW hydrogen-battery hybrid mine haul truck

Anglo American unveils prototype 2MW hydrogen-battery hybrid mine haul truck


Anglo American plc unveiled a prototype of the world’s largest hydrogen-powered mine haul truck designed to function in on a regular basis mining situations at its Mogalakwena PGMs (platinum group metals) mine in South Africa. The 2MW hydrogen-battery hybrid truck, producing extra energy than its diesel predecessor and able to carrying a 290-tonne payload, is a part of Anglo American’s nuGen Zero Emission Haulage Resolution (ZEHS).

nuGen gives a totally built-in inexperienced hydrogen system, consisting of manufacturing, fueling and haulage system, with inexperienced hydrogen to be produced on the mine website. nuGen is a part of FutureSmart Mining, Anglo American’s innovation-led method to sustainable mining.

The nuGen truck is retrofitted from a diesel-powered automobile. The truck makes use of a hybrid hydrogen gasoline cell offering roughly half of the facility and a battery pack the opposite half, to permit vitality restoration from braking. For the nuGen undertaking, Anglo American labored with firms comparable to ENGIE, First Mode, Ballard and NPROXX to:

  • Design, construct, and check a 1.2 MWh battery pack, because the haul truck system makes use of a number of gasoline cells that ship as much as 800kW of energy, combining to ship a complete of 2MW of energy.

  • Design and implement a software program resolution to soundly handle energy and vitality between the gasoline cells, batteries, and automobile drivetrain.

  • Develop the facility administration and battery methods from the bottom up, offering the power to tailor the system to every mine and enhance total effectivity by designing in vitality restoration because the haul vans journey downhill by regenerative braking.

  • Construct a hydrogen manufacturing, storage, and refueling advanced at Mogalakwena that comes with the biggest electrolyzer in Africa and a photo voltaic plant to help the operation of the haul truck.

nuGen is a tangible demonstration of our FutureSmart Mining program altering the way forward for our business. With diesel emissions from our haul truck fleet accounting for round 10-15% of our complete Scope 1 emissions, this is a crucial step on our pathway to carbon impartial operations by 2040. The mining business is taking part in a substantial function in serving to the world decarbonize, each by our personal emissions footprint and the metals and minerals that we produce which are vital to low carbon vitality and transport methods.

Over the following a number of years, we envisage changing or changing our present fleet of diesel-powered vans with this zero-emission haulage system, fueled with inexperienced hydrogen. If this pilot is profitable, we might take away as much as 80% of diesel emissions at our open pit mines by rolling this know-how throughout our world fleet.

—Duncan Wanblad, Chief Govt of Anglo American

Anglo American has been a longstanding champion of the potential provided by the hydrogen economic system, recognizing its function in enabling the shift to greener vitality and cleaner transport. The hydrogen economic system gives a chance to create new engines of financial exercise. With a mixture of plentiful renewable vitality sources (i.e. photo voltaic and wind), and because the world’s largest producer of PGMs, hydrogen is a strategic precedence for South Africa and presents a major alternative for financial growth, together with the creation of recent jobs and the event of the PGMs sector, whereas additionally contributing to South Africa’s decarbonization aims.

South Africa’s Hydrogen Valley. In South Africa, the Division of Science and Innovation (DSI) and the South African Nationwide Growth Institute (SANEDI), in partnership with Anglo American, Bambili Power, and ENGIE, are trying into alternatives to create a Hydrogen Valley. The proposed hydrogen valley will stretch roughly 835 kilometers from the platinum group metals-rich Bushveld geological space in Limpopo province, alongside the commercial and industrial hall to Johannesburg and to the south coast at Durban. The nuGen Zero Emission Haulage Resolution is among the first initiatives for South Africa’s Hydrogen Valley.

A feasibility research for South Africa’s Hydrogen Valley printed in October 2021 identifies three hubs—Johannesburg, extending to Rustenburg and Pretoria; Durban, encompassing town itself and Richards Bay; and Limpopo province centred round Anglo American’s Mogalakwena PGMs mine—with a elementary function to play in integrating hydrogen into South Africa’s economic system, and in establishing South Africa and its plentiful renewable vitality sources as a strategically vital heart for inexperienced hydrogen manufacturing.


9 key pilot initiatives have additionally been recognized throughout these hubs and are really useful to be prioritized by builders. They span the transport, industrial, and building sectors.


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September 2022