ABB teams up with Hitachi to accelerate transition to all-electric mines

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ABB has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Hitachi Construction Machinery to explore opportunities for mine operators to target net-zero emissions from mining machinery.

The MoU will see ABB and Hitachi share their expertise and collaborate in bringing solutions to market that will reduce the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with heavy machinery in mining.

“The companies will explore possibilities to apply ABB’s electrification, automation and digital solutions to mining trucks and excavators provided by Hitachi Construction Machinery as part of wider efforts with mine operators to electrify all processes from pit to port,” ABB said in a statement.

“Original equipment manufacturer (OEM) Hitachi Construction Machinery also brings expertise in driverless operation and labor-saving technologies.

“The aim of the combined solutions is to enhance the efficiency and flexibility of customer businesses, contributing to the reduction of CO? and the realization of a sustainable society.”

The agreement between ABB and Hitachi Construction Machinery was signed by Joachim Braun, Division President, Process Industries, ABB and Sonosuke Ishii, a Senior Vice President and Executive Officer at Hitachi Construction Machinery.

“This collaboration will enable the two companies to more effectively work towards our shared vision for mining,” Mr Sonosuke said.

“We are delighted to be collaborating with ABB as we continue to invest our efforts in introducing eco-friendly technologies and systems for the mining industry.”

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