21 October 2022
by Alex Brinded

Williams Advanced Engineering unveils electrical mining solutions

The electrification solutions will be on display at the Bauma Trade Show in Munich, Germany, next week.

Large mining haul truck
© Williams Advanced Engineering

Innovative battery systems from Williams Advanced Engineering  are helping to drive a zero-emissions mining fleet by 2030 for new owners, the iron ore company Fortescue Metals Group.

The specialist team from WAE will put their electrification technology on display at the trade show from from 24-30 October, including battery modules to control systems.

Fortescue partnered with the German-Swiss equipment manufacturer Liebherr in June 2022, which will be developing and supplying mining haul trucks (using the T264) in which zero-emission power system technologies will be integrated.

The off-highway battery module has a scalable, modular design for sub-30min charge times, WAE claims, with laser-welded cell-to-busbar technology for in-service reliability. Other features include are the battery and cell management units, the DC-DC converter that delivers 98.5% efficiency, and their vehicle control module.

WAE is also working on a zero emission 'Infinity Train' - a regenerating battery electric iron ore train project, to use gravitational energy to recharge its battery without any additional charging for the return trip to reload.

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