Future Mining Opportunities with Fuelcell Applications

CIM Montreal 2003
Marcel Laflamme, Arnold R Miller, David L Barnes,
Abstract A number of successful proof-of-concept projects have been carried out to replace conventional power application, such as diesel and rechargeable batteries, in underground mine vehicles. This has led to the development of the world’s first fuelcell production vehicle, a mine locomotive. A mine loader project has also started and several other projects are planned. These projects are providing the mining industry with the required information to make this technology shift possible. The application of fuelcell power will yield several important benefits such as the elimination of underground diesel emissions, significant reduction in the primary extraction’s sector greenhouse gas emissions and support for a more productive scenario.

This article reviews these successes, discusses ongoing and potential projects and presents the technology application benefits that could be possible for mining operations.
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