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The World’s First Hydrogen-Powered Haul Truck has been launched by First Mode; proof-of-concept has undergone testing in South Africa

Here’s an article posted in CNN that talk about the largest Hydrogen-powered haul truck.

According to the article,

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  • The mining industry contributes up to 7% of global carbon emissions, with haulage trucks being responsible for 50% of these emissions.
  • First Mode, a Seattle-based clean energy company, has designed a zero-emission solution: The world’s first Hydrogen-Powered Haul Truck
  • The truck is being developed in association with Anglo American, a leading global mining company.

The truck is designed to replace diesel engines and reduce carbon emissions in the mining industry. Here are some key features of this project:

  1. Hydrogen Fuel Cell Powerplant: The truck is powered by a hydrogen fuel cell powerplant that integrates hydrogen fuel cells with battery power. This powerplant is designed to operate in everyday mining conditions and is capable of transporting heavy loads.
  2. Zero Emissions: The truck is designed to produce zero emissions, making it a significant step towards reducing carbon emissions in the mining industry.
  3. Mining Industry Impact: The mining industry is a significant contributor to carbon emissions, with haulage trucks accounting for up to 80% of diesel emissions at open pit mines. The hydrogen-powered haul truck aims to reduce these emissions and support the decarbonization of the mining industry.
  4. Anglo American Partnership: Anglo American has partnered with First Mode to develop the hydrogen-powered haul truck. The company is committed to achieving carbon neutral operations by 2040 and sees the hydrogen-powered haul truck as a key step towards achieving this goal.
  5. Impact Beyond Mining: The hydrogen-powered haul truck has the potential to impact beyond the mining industry, with the technology being applicable to other industries that rely on heavy-duty forms of transport, such as rail.
  6. Future Plans: First Mode plans to bring the nuGen™ Haulage Solution, including truck retrofit kits and associated battery recharging and hydrogen refueling, to market. The company aims to accelerate the development and commercialization of the technology to support the decarbonization of heavy industry.

The article emphasizes the potential of the power of hydrogen in the mining industry. While this project has shown promise in the tests completed, much is yet to be worked upon when it comes to their carbon-neutral goals, as becoming carbon-neutral extends to every aspect of an industry, from how the raw materials are sourced, created, and manufactured, to how they are used in the industry.

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