Mining giants back winning ideas in global Charge On Innovation Challenge

In the global quest to significantly decarbonise mining operations, eight technology innovators have been selected to progress beyond the Charge On Innovation Challenge.

The global challenge, launched by BHP, has sought to accelerate the commercialization of large scale solar haul trucks while demonstrating there is an emerging market for these solutions in mining.

The eight innovators selected are ABB, Ampcontrol and Tritium (Australia), BluVeinXL, DB Engineering & Consulting with Echion Technologies, Hitachi, Shell Consortium, Siemens Off-board power supply, and 3ME Technology.

The Charge On Innovation Challenge was launched in 2021 and invited vendors and technology innovators from around the world and across industries, to collaborate with the mining industry to present novel electric truck charging solutions.

The challenge received interest from over 350 companies across 19 industries, with over 80 companies submitting expressions of interest (EOI). 21 companies were then invited to present a detailed pitch of their solution. The final eight were selected from these 21 companies.

These technology innovators worked together with the founding patrons – BHP, Rio Tinto, and Vale – and 16 other mining companies to accelerate commercialization of interoperable solutions productivity.

James Agar, BHP’s Group Procurement Officer, comments:

“The truly global nature of the eight technology innovators selected, from across industries, demonstrating the level of interest that exists in the mining industry. “The Charge On Innovation Challenge

Mark Davies, Rio Tinto Chief Technical Officer, comments:

“With this group of innovators, we’re taking another step in changing the way solar truck systems operate in the mining sector. Through collaborations like this, where we can all come together to create change, we can drive long-term benefits for our industry and the environment.

“We know we have a role to play in helping solve the global climate challenge. We’re looking at how we can make changes across our business to reduce our carbon emissions by 50 per cent by 2030.

Eduardo Bartolomeo, Vale´s CEO, comments:

“It is with great pride that we have the winners of this challenge. The decarbonisation challenge is so extensive that the mining industry cannot tackle it alone, but with partnerships such as these, we hope to reach this goal, for ourselves, for our communities, and for our planet. ”

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