BHP, Rio Tinto and Vale have come together to solve one of the biggest challenges in mining today to decarbonise mining operations.

7 September 2021


We are pleased to announce the 21 vendors who have been shortlisted and will progress to the next phase of the Charge On Innovation Challenge.

  • 3ME Technology
  • ABB
  • Altreonic-Kurt.energy
  • Ampcontrol / Tritium
  • Australian Turntables
  • BluVein
  • DB Engineering & Consulting with Echion Technologies
  • Farmboro Consulting
  • Hitachi Group
  • Infosys
  • InvertedPower Pty Ltd
  • IT & ES Industries (OZ) Pty Ltd
  • L&T Technology Services
  • Midwest Energy Pvt. Ltd.
  • Mitsui & Co. with Forsee Power and AVL
  • Saft
  • Shell Consortium
  • Siemens
  • Solar System Resources Corporation Sp. z o. o.
  • Xiangtan Electric Manufacturing Group Heavy-Duty Equipment Co. Ltd
  • *One company declined to be named

The next phase will comprise of a pitch session followed by a deep dive into the innovative solutions proposed to charge haul trucks powered by battery instead of diesel.


We cannot solve the decarbonisation challenge alone and are looking beyond the mining sector for a solution.

BHP, Rio Tinto and Vale, are the founding patrons of an exciting new collaboration, the Charge On Innovation Challenge.

Facilitated by Austmine, this is a global initiative for technology innovators to develop concepts for large-scale haul truck electrification systems to help the mining sector to reduce its consumption of diesel fuel and significantly cut emissions from surface mine operations.

The industry requires a safe solution that can be applied across the many and varied mines, mine infrastructure and truck manufacturers.

BHP’s Innovative Trolley Assist IP available for Challenge Participants

On 15 March 2019, BHP Innovation Pty Ltd filed a provisional patent application (AU 2019900861) entitled “Electricity Supply”, and on 6 September 2019 filed a further provisional (AU 2019903293) with the same title. Claiming priority from these provisional applications, BHP filed an international Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) application (WO2020/186296), which was published on 24 September 2020. BHP’s patent application for the “Innovative Trolley Assist” (ITA) technology will be allowed to lapse in September 2021.

Any Vendor wishing to find out more about the ITA technology and utilize the information and any related intellectual property as part of their Charge On Innovation Challenge proposal may do so via written request to BHP.

Register as a Vendor for access to download the full requirements and details of the Challenge.

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Founding Patrons

BHP is one of the world’s leading resources company.  For more than 130 years, it has been supplying the resources that underpin economic growth and improve standards of living globally. We understand the impacts that we have on climate change and are committed to creating a brighter future for the decades to come.


Vale is a global mining company that seeks to serve society by generating prosperity and protecting our planet. We help to protect over 1 million hectares of forest and mitigate climate change. Aligning our goals with the Paris Agreement, we will reduce our emissions by 33% until 2030 and reach carbon neutrality by 2050 (scope 1 and 2).


As pioneers in mining and metals, we produce materials essential to human progress. Iron ore for steel. Aluminium for cars and smartphones. Copper for electric cars. Borates that help crops grow, titanium for paint – and diamonds that celebrate the best things in life.


Austmine is the leading not-for-profit industry association for the Australian Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (METS) sector. Austmine drives the success of its members by providing opportunities to build relationships, understand industry needs, boost their industry profile and access domestic and international supply chains.



BHP, Rio Tinto and Vale have come together to solve one of the biggest challenges in mining today to decarbonise mining operations.