Sneak peek: Mining, hauling and hydrogen – An interview with Anglo American
Hydrogen can help to reduce emissions from hard-to-decarbonise sectors, like mining. In particular, hydrogen technology is essential for decarbonising freight and heavy-duty road transport.
The topic of hydrogen and these advantages are not new to Anglo American. The global mining company was an early supporter of the hydrogen economy as it could see its exciting and wide-ranging potential for the decarbonisation of energy.
In 2019, Anglo American unveiled plans for the world’s largest hydrogen-powered mine haul truck, which it is collaborating with Engie on – touted at the time by the two firms as the first step to achieving a common ambition to decarbonise the mining sector.
With a load capacity of 300 metric tons, it is the first time a truck of this size has been converted to run on hydrogen.
By focusing on freight transport, specifically heavy-duty high utilisation applications such as trucks and buses, Julian Soles, Head of Technology Development, Mining & Sustainability at Anglo American, told H2 View Anglo American believes this can, under the right conditions, significantly contribute to advancing the uptake of fuel cells as a credible and cost-effective alternative to conventional fuels and existing alternatives.
“We believe that this will in turn incentivise the development of the needed hydrogen refuelling infrastructure,” Soles continued, adding lack of infrastructure is widely seen as one of the primary barriers for hydrogen to grow at scale. Whilst Soles is clear that barriers still remain to hydrogen’s wider adoption, he said it is fantastic to see the progress the hydrogen industry has made in the past few years.
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