Most professionals agree that hydrogen is ideal for sustainable heavy transportation. For something of the brands most involved in the development of gas released from water molecule separation, Hyundai has put all its efforts into hydrogen development in the Flora of trucks that have been tested across Europe since last year.
Now the news comes from South AfricaUnited Kingdom-based multinational mining company, Anglo Americanin that southern African country, has built a prototype of what will be the world’s largest hydrogen-powered electric mining truck.
Its system generates 2 megawatts of power and is capable of transporting a load of 290 tons of cargo, as well as its own weight, which is significant due to its dimensions. will replace one A fleet of 40 diesel cars Every year they burn 1 million liters of fuel.
La mina MogalaquinaIt is the largest open-pit platinum group mineral in the world. There is a project Nugen intends to use the energy generated by a 140MW solar power plant for electrolysis Which is necessary to split the water molecules and thus separate the green hydrogen, which will be used to power the fuel cell in these trucks. The project is supposed to be completed by 2026, with an expectation that between then and 2030, the company’s eight mines will be carbon-neutral.
“We had to build a whole ecosystem. A solar PV site, an electrolyzer and a refueling system to create a zero-emissions transportation system”She said Julian Soulshead of technology development, mining and sustainability at Anglo American.
And that is the question of hydrogen in the areas where it can be applied, but there is no production and distribution network like the one that continues to expand in Europe. Once the hydrogen capture, separation, compression and storage cycle is establishedThe system really works 100% sustainable.
About 80% of their diesel consumption is done in the mines through the use of these big trucks. Using hydrogen, it will not emit greenhouse gases, while diesel does. The explanation for the sustainability of the cycle is that solar energy is used in the electrolysis of water, so there are no carbon emissions from the manufacturing process.
The trucks will be equipped with multiple fuel cells that provide up to 800 kilowatts of power and include platinum in their components. bundle of Intermediate batteries 1.2 megawatt-hours responsible for powering the electric motors from each unit.
It is no coincidence that the project is implemented in South Africa. The country has made the use of hydrogen a strategic priority, as it represents an important opportunity for economic development, including creating new job opportunities and contributing to meeting the Proposed decarbonization targets.
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