Fuelcell Versus Diesel Loader Operation: Cost-Benefit Analysis Study

CIM Montreal 2003
Pierre Laliberte, Charles Kocsis, Pierre Mousset-Jones, Roger Lacroix, Steve Hardcasle, Gaetan Desrivieres,
Abstract Under the requirement to define the economic advantages of using hydrogen fuelcell vehicles, a broad- scoped project was initiated to quantify the costs associated with operating fuelcell vehicles and diesel vehicles. While ventilation savings are clearly an advantage for the former, a complete and detailed analysis of this and other operational and capital cost elements was undertaken in order to provide the mining industry with factual information in considering the changeover from one technology to another.

This presentation will outline the results of the investigations defining the costs/benefits associated with: capital purchases, operations (electrical/diesel, natural gas consumption, ventilation, openings, surface and underground infrastructure, maintenance, labour, training, inventory, etc.), delivery of energy, regulatory obligations, environmental impact and mine production.

Considerations are given to the type and size of a mining operation, the depth, and location in North America.

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