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Hitachi Energy, BluVein accelerate the electrification of heavy haul mining fleets through MoU

Mining Fleets
March 05, 2024

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Hitachi Energy, BluVein accelerate the electrification of heavy haul mining fleets through MoU

Global technology group Hitachi Energy and BluVein – an innovator in dynamic charging technology – have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to accelerate the electrification of heavy haul mining fleets.

Hitachi Energy’s advanced power electronics and digital charging technologies allow BluVein’s electric rail (e-rail) charging technology to deliver electricity safely and reliably to haul trucks of up to 400 t while transporting materials.

The collaboration is expected to fast-track the development of a high-powered, fast and flexible dynamic charging solution for surface and underground mines and quarries in Australia and globally.

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

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

“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,” says Hitachi Energy grid, power quality solutions and service business head Marco Berardi.

“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.

“Together, we are helping the industry move to a more sustainable and responsible future,” adds BluVein CEO James Oliver.

Hitachi Energy and BluVein are also exploring the off-vehicle hardware requirements for BluVein1 – BluVein’s underground mine electrification solution.