Oil and gas giant Shell (LON: SHEL) is tapping into the mining electrification market with the launch of a consortium that seeks to help miners speed up the adoption of electric trucks and reduces emission without compromising on efficiency or safety.
The British multinational has attracted eight companies working on energy storage, ultrafast charging technologies and renewables to launch an end-to-end, interoperable electrification system pilot for 220 off-road vehicles.
The partners include Skeleton, Microvast, Stäubli, Carnegie Robotics, Heliox, Spirae, Alliance Automation and Worley.
Some of the key components of the power provision and energy management solution come from Alliance Automation, a multi-disciplined industrial automation and electrical engineering company.
Spirae, a technology company that develops solutions for integrating renewable and distributed energy resources within microgrids and power systems, and Skeleton, a global technology leader in fast energy storage, are also in support.
Worley, in turn, is providing expertise in project delivery and consulting services for the resources and energy sectors.
Microvast, a leader in the design, development and manufacture of battery solutions for mobile and stationary applications, leads the in-vehicle energy storage side.
The ultra-fast charging element involves solutions from Carnegie Robotics, a provider of rugged sensors, autonomy software and platforms for defence, agriculture, mining, marine, warehouse and energy applications.
Shell described the initiative as being critical, since transport equipment comprises up to 50% of mining’s carbon dioxide emissions.
By 2030, it is estimated that a battery-electric haulage truck will lower total cost of ownership, involve 20% lower maintenance costs, and 40% lower fuel costs than existing diesel trucks, Shell said.
“It is increasingly clear that no one, single organisation can solve decarbonisation alone,” said Grischa Sauerberg, vice president, sectoral Decarbonization & Innovation at Shell.
The global company plans to be a net-zero business by 2050 in accordance to climate change strategy laid out in the UN Paris Agreement, which seeks to limit the rise in average global temperature to 1.5° Celsius.
The commercial offering from the partners is expected in 2025. It would follow a pilot solution that will be tested at a Shell facility in Hamburg, Germany, next year, as well as final field trials at selected mine sites in 2024.
I think the electrification of mining vehicles is really stupid. This net-zero mania is a prescription for wide spread poverty. ONLY the G7 are trying to make this happen. China, Russia, and India are not going to do it. Who do you think will have a functioning economy ten years from now? There is not a climate emergency. Human produced CO2 is not driving the climate to disaster. Has the CO2 and the temperature been higher in the geologic past? Yes it has. And did the world burn up? No, it was a jungle. How much CO2 is put into the atmosphere annually by volcanoes, both undersea and on land? No mention of that in the models. Cui bono?