There has been a lot of work and publications examining global research and initiatives that are looking to examine the benefits of going with an all-electric fleet of machines for underground mining. One of the major versions of these studies is being undertaken in Sweden.
The Swedish study was a multi-year project started in 2018 that featured partners from the energy sector, private sector and academia all working together for the goal of reducing the energy consumption of an underground mining quarry by at least 70 percent, while also decreasing the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions of the site by at least 50 percent.
The need to embrace the quarry or mine of the future, as the study calls them, is being driven by everchanging underground environments. One of the largest factors being manipulated in the underground environment is the ever-inflating cost of ventilation systems, which can often account for over … Read more