Komatsu, Customers Partner on GHG Reduction

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Komatsu's power agnostic development truck undergoes testing at a Komatsu facility in the United States.

Komatsu and several of its customers have formed the Komatsu Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Alliance in an effort to “rapidly innovate in support of carbon-reduction targets,” according to the manufacturer. The founding members of the alliance are Rio Tinto, BHP, Codelco, and Boliden.

The mining fleets will work with Komatsu on product planning, development, testing, and deployment of the next generation of zero-emission mining equipment and infrastructure. The alliance’s initial target is advancing Komatsu’s power agnostic truck concept for a haulage vehicle that can run on a variety of power sources including diesel electric, electric, trolley (wired), battery power, and even hydrogen fuel cells.

“We are honored that our customers, several of the largest mining companies in the world, have agreed to participate in the Komatsu GHG Alliance and work in partnership with us to develop sustainable solutions for mining,” said Masayuki Moriyama, president of Komatsu’s Mining Business Division, in a prepared statement. “We look forward to close collaboration with these industry leaders to accelerate development and deployment of the next level of equipment designed to reduce greenhouse gases from mining operations and ultimately achieve the goal of zero-emission mining.”

The mining leaders have committed to share time, resources, and information to deliver zero-emissions equipment solutions, according to the manufacturer. Komatsu intends to expand the alliance to additional mining companies to enhance industry-wide collaboration on solutions to decarbonization.

Komatsu power agnostic mining truck

The company’s initial concept for a haulage vehicle that can run on a variety of power sources, part of the power agnostic development, will be exhibited at MINExpo 2021 on Sept. 13 in Las Vegas.

Source: Komatsu