Hitachi & BluVein partner for mining fleet electrification

(Photo and video courtesy of BluVein) Front view of the electric haul truck.
(Photo and video courtesy of BluVein) Front view of the electric haul truck.

Hitachi Energy and BluVein have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to accelerate the electrification of heavy haul mining fleets.

This partnership will fast-track the development of a high-powered, fast and flexible charging system for surface and underground mines and quarries in Australia and across the world.

Hitachi’s advanced power electronics and digital charging technologies will allow BluVein’s e-rail charging technology to deliver electricity safely and reliably to haul truck of up to 400mt while transporting materials.

BluVein chief executive James Oliver says the partnership supports the company’s mission of delivering a dynamic connector to help reduce decarbonisation goals.

“This MoU supports BluVein’s mission of partnering with a technology leader to deliver a universal dynamic connector that facilitates the removal of fossil fuel from mines and help propel the industry globally to meet its decarbonisation goals,” he said.

“Together, we are helping the industry move to a more sustainable and responsible future.”

BluVein will focus on its e-rail and connection of the truck, while Hitachi will power and monitor the system with its advanced power electronics and digital solutions.

(Photo and video courtesy of BluVein) Aerial view of the electric haul truck.
(Photo and video courtesy of BluVein) Aerial view of the electric haul truck.

 

Hitachi head of grid and power quality solutions and service business Marco Beradi commented on the partnership.

“This strategic collaboration with BluVein will enable our mining customers to trial next-generation dynamic charging solutions vital for achieving net-zero emission targets without compromising on operating practices or productivity,” he said.

“We believe this new collaborative approach will deliver on our common goal to accelerate the transition to all-electric mining and a carbon-neutral future.”

Hitachi and BluVein are also exploring the off-vehicle hardware requirements for BlueVein1 for underground and smaller fleets.