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World first: 300-tonne truck to run on hydrogen

ENGIE and Anglo American have announced their agreement to co-create and fuel the first hydrogen-powered mining haul truck.

This collaboration marks the first time a truck of this size and load capacity (300 metric tons) will be converted to run on hydrogen.

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In a company statement, ENGIE noted this project is part of their strategy to promote renewable hydrogen to help its customers decarbonise their operations. It is aligned with Anglo American’s initiatives towards mining with zero climate impact.

ENGIE will provide the hydrogen generation solutions while Anglo American will develop the truck.

The modifications to the existing truck include replacing the diesel tank with hydrogen tanks and replacing the engine with hydrogen fuel cells and a battery pack. The hydrogen will be provided by the solar power generation capacity at the mining site.

The first motion of the hydrogen-powered truck is expected in 2020, followed by a testing and validation programme at Anglo American’s Mogalakwena Platinum Group Metals mine in South Africa, after which additional trucks are expected to be rolled out at other Anglo American operations.

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“We are delighted to join forces with Anglo American to design the first solution that aims to decarbonise heavy-duty mobility in the mining sector.

“This is part of ENGIE’s strategy to develop industrial-scale hydrogen-based solutions to help our energy-intensive customers in their journey to carbon neutrality,” said Michèle Azalbert, CEO of ENGIE’s Hydrogen Business Unit.

Tony O’Neill, Technical Director of Anglo American, commented: “We are extremely pleased to be partnering with ENGIE, and we look forward to developing and implementing this step-change technology.”

The agreement was signed onboard the ENERGY OBSERVER during its London stopover. The first fully electric vessel travelling around the world, powered exclusively by hydrogen and renewable energies, the ENERGY OBSERVER demonstrates a full decarbonisation solution that ENGIE is developing on an industrial scale.

Ashley Theron
Ashley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa.