ELECTRIFYING
MINING

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

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OVERVIEW

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.

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.

Innovative Trolley Assist – click on image to enlarge

Invitation to participate as a Vendor

To find out more information about the Challenge, download and review the full requirements.

Vendor Technical Information

To participate in the Challenge, simply register as a Vendor and have access to download the additional video guides explaining the Vendor Technical Information.

Participating as a vendor will provide the following opportunities:

  • A rare opportunity to showcase your innovation and technology concept to three of the largest global mining companies and a large segment of the global mining industry
  • Receive recognition for innovative thinking
  • Potential to receive development funding, in-kind support, equity, and purchase commitments from mining companies/consortiums
  • Potential opportunity to trial your technology at an active mining operation
  • Influence the creation of standardised, interoperable approaches for charging mine haul trucks
  • Identification of partners to assist in commercialising your niche technologies
  • Develop relationships with haul truck OEMs via mining companies participating in the challenge
VENDOR REGISTRATION

Invitation to join as Patrons

We invite other mining companies to join us as patrons in this collaboration to not only dramatically reduce emissions from surface mine operations but also unlock value in safety, productivity and operational improvements.

Becoming a patron will provide opportunities to:

1.

Understand the technological landscape regarding charging concepts for large haul trucks by evaluating charging concepts from Vendors across multiple sectors, globally.

2.

Influence the commercialisation of mine charging concepts that promote standard, interoperable approaches.

3.

Accelerate mine electrification and decarbonisation.

4.

Make informed decisions by participating in forums where your peers share views on the applicability of charging concepts to a wide range of operations, leveraging better ideas, and new thinking.

5.

Reduce development costs and time to commercialisation by forming development collaborations post challenge.

6.

Enhance your brand by helping our industry reach our carbon neutrality goals so that we can, together, create a better world to live.

Invitation to join as Patrons

We invite other mining companies to join us as patrons in this collaboration to not only dramatically reduce emissions from surface mine operations but also unlock value in safety, productivity and operational improvements.

Becoming a patron will provide opportunities to:

1.

Understand the technological landscape regarding charging concepts for large haul trucks by evaluating charging concepts from Vendors across multiple sectors, globally.

2.

Influence the commercialisation of mine charging concepts that promote standard, interoperable approaches.

3.

Accelerate mine electrification and decarbonisation.

4.

Make informed decisions by participating in forums where your peers share views on the applicability of charging concepts to a wide range of operations, leveraging better ideas, and new thinking.

5.

Reduce development costs and time to commercialisation by forming development collaborations post challenge.

6.

Enhance your brand by helping our industry reach our carbon neutrality goals so that we can, together, create a better world to live.

Patrons are required to meet the following criteria:

  • Control a truck fleet of more than 30 trucks
  • Be a Producer in the mining and metals industry
  • Commit to be an active contributor to the Charge On Innovation Challenge
  • Have demonstrated commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in your mining operations in the short and medium term through the use of operational and technological innovation
  • Acknowledge that the Patrons Agreement governs the activities of the Parties with respect to the Charge On Innovation 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.

bhp.com

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).

vale.com

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.

riotinto.com

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.

austmine.com.au

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ELECTRIFYING MINING

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