Canadian Mining Journal


POWER: Ballard to supply fuel cells for Anglo’s trucks

VANCOUVER – Canadian company Ballard Power Systems has received a purchase order for fuel cell modules from Anglo American. The miner has ordered nine FCveloCity-HD 100-kW modules.

Anglo American is betting on the Ballard fuel cell to create a carbon neutral mine.

Ballard says eight of the modules will power a retrofitted ultra-heavy duty haul truck in a demonstration project next year at one of Anglo’s South African mines. The remaining module will be maintained as a spare.

Anglo hopes to deploy similar trucks, each with MW-scale fuel cell power at its operations around the world.

Julian Soles, Anglo American’s head of technology development, mining and sustainability said, “We have a longstanding commitment as a leader in responsible mining, with numerous examples of our progressive business decisions across many decades. We look forward to working with Ballard to deliver this important step-change technology, which is part of our plan to create a smart energy mix that moves us closer towards our carbon and energy targets for 2030 and, ultimately, our vision of operating a carbon neutral mine.”

Some of the benefits of using Ballard fuel cell modules include zero emissions, extended range, rapid refueling, and heavy payload capacity.

”We are very excited to now provide a zero-emission mining solution in support of Anglo America’s environmental and broader sustainability plans,” said Ballard chief commercial officer Rob Campbell.

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