Japanese manufacturer Komatsu and several of its customers have formed the Komatsu Greenhouse Gas Alliance to jointly drive electrification in the mining sector. The founding members of the alliance are Rio Tinto, BHP, Codelco and Boliden.
Komatsu’s GHG partners will collaborate with Komatsu on product planning, development, testing and deployment of the next generation of zero-emission mining equipment and infrastructure. The alliance aims to further Komatsu’s power agnostic truck concept for a heavy-duty haulage vehicle that can run on different power sources including diesel-electric hybrid, purely electric, trolley electric (with overhead powerlines), and hydrogen fuel cells.
Last month Komatsu announced a partnership with Honda to jointly developed electrified micro excavators with replaceable batteries. A battery swapping system for the construction industry is also being developed in the partnership.
Komatsu says it has worked to reduce greenhouse gas emissions for decades in many areas including electric diesel dump trucks, electric power shovels, regenerative energy storage capabilities and fuel saver programs. The company’s initial concept for a haulage vehicle that can run on a variety of power sources is set to make its official debut at MINExpo 2021 in Las Vegas.
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