The fuel cell mining vehicles development program: An update

Abstract Over the last four years, an international
initiative, championed by Vehicle Projects LLC, the Fuelcell Propulsion Institute and Natural Resources Canada, has been active in carrying out research projects to prove out the concept of applying fuel cell technology to underground mining vehicles. These have been carried out by a consortium consisting of mining companies, equipment manufacturers, technology developers, national laboratories and consultants, with the participation of Canadian and U.S. mine regulatory agencies. This clean technology, which produces only water and electricity, would allow several advantages to be obtained, in the health area (by eliminating diesel emissions and reducing noise generation), in lowering production costs (such as reducing ventilation required) and
lowering greenhouse gas emissions. This paper outlines the results obtained in several key areas, such as, the operation of fuel cells in underground conditions, risk issues related to underground and surface operation of hydrogen vehicles and hydrogen production and delivery systems, and the design and mining performance of the world’s first hydrogen mining vehicle, a mine production
locomotive. The work to date on the fuel cell loader, designing the power plant and power transmission systems, operational requirements, and operating cost reductions is also presented.
Keywords: Fuel cell,Vehicles, Operating cost reductions, Underground mining.
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Publication: CIM Bulletin
Author(s): R. Hamilton
Keywords: Mobile equipment, Fixed equipment, Maintenance organization, Maintenance philosophy, Louvicourt mine.
Issue: 1074
Volume: 96
Year: 2003
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Publication: CIM Bulletin
Author(s): S.D. Botts, F. Cantuarias
Keywords: Sustainable development, Social responsibility, Environmental program, Safety,
Community relations, Antamina project.
Issue: 1074
Volume: 96
Year: 2003
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Summary: Due diligence reviews are an essential
part of mineral property acquisitions. One of
the primary reasons to complete an environmental review prior to exploration property acquisition is to assess the potential environmental liability. It is critical to identify the potential reclamation costs or existing environmental liability associated with the exploration property. A review of the existing condition of the property and its history can allow prioritization of exploration targets and ease...
Publication: CIM Bulletin
Author(s): S.E. Daniel
Keywords: Due diligence, Environmental liability, Mineral exploration, Responsibility.
Issue: 1074
Volume: 96
Year: 2003
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Summary: 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 and testing of the world’s first fuel cell production vehicle, a mine locomotive. A fuel cell loader is being built and tested. This paper provides an insight into other projects that are being carried out. Some are related to further underground applications, and some to...
Publication: CIM Bulletin
Author(s): M.C. Bétournay
Keywords: Fuel cell applications, Underground mining, Automation, Tele-remote operation.
Issue: 1074
Volume: 96
Year: 2003
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Summary: Sixteen miners died tragically at the Paymaster gold mine in Timmins, Ontario, in February 1945 when a badly corroded hoist rope broke. The investigation of the Royal Commission that followed arrived at a number of recommendations (The Legislative Assembly of Ontario, 1947) aimed at avoiding future disasters of this kind. One consequence was the development and legislated use in Canada, several decades ago, of powerful electromagnetic (EM) instruments for the non-destructive testing of mine...
Publication: CIM Bulletin
Author(s): L.B. Geller, K. Leung, J.E. Judd, F. Kitzinger
Keywords: Remote-controlled instrument, Wire rope tester, Underground mining, Corrosion,
Fatigue, MagnographTM II, PermaScanTM.
Issue: 1074
Volume: 96
Year: 2003
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