WAE Technologies has delivered a battery to Australia, ready to be installed in a prototype zero-emission battery electric mining haul truck that Fortescue is developing with Liebherr.

The 1.4MWh prototype power system is a bespoke design intended for integration into the 240-tonne mining haul truck.

A team of 50 engineers and technicians developed the power system, which weighs 15 tonnes, measures 3.6m long, 1.6m wide and 2.4m high, and is made up of eight sub-packs, each with 36 modules, all individually cooled and each with its own battery management system.

It has an energy storage of 1.4MWH, the ability to fast-charge in 30 minutes and capacity to regenerate power as it drives downhill.

The battery has now arrived at Fortescue’s workshop in Perth, Western Australia, and will be assembled and installed, before it is transported to the Pilbara for testing on site in 2023.

Mark Hutchinson, Fortescue Future Industries EO said, “The battery system, designed for our zero emission battery electric mining haul trucksC is an important part of our strategy to reach real zero terrestrial emissions (Scope 1 and 2) across our iron operations by 2030

“WAE’s battery expertise compliments FFI’s green hydrogen projects and cements Fortescue as a leader in the technologies needed for the green energy transition.”

Craig Wilson, WAE Technologies CEO said, “This high-performance power system not only boasts the highest energy storage of its kind, but will also be the first to offer 30-min fast charging.

“Powered solely by renewable energy, it will help prevent enormous amounts of fossil fuel from being used in the mining industry, with the goal to not compromise the vehicle’s load capacity.”


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