300-ton quarry dump truck converted to hydrogen

The world’s largest platinum quarry, Mogalakwena, in northeastern South Africa, has started operating the planet’s largest hydrogen fuel cell truck.

It was originally a Komatsu 930E dump truck, with a 16-cylinder diesel engine that functioned as a generator, generating power for the motor wheels. However, it was replaced with eight 100 kW Ballard fuel cell modules. And the fuel tank was replaced with 1MW lithium-ion batteries from Williams Advanced Engineering.

As a result, the mine truck reaches 2 MW (2,682 hp), which is enough to transport 315 tons of ore. And the gross weight of the machine exceeds 500 tons. All the work on this no-nonsense transplant was done at First Mode in Seattle.

Not insignificantly, the hydrogen for the giant is produced locally, using a 3.5 MW electrolyzer. The latter is powered by 100-megawatt solar panels. At full load, this produces up to one ton of environmentally friendly hydrogen per day.

Anglo American, which owns a platinum mine in South Africa, wants to convert up to 40 of its six-mine trucks to hydrogen by 2030. And the plan for 2040 is to make all the company’s quarry trucks around the world carbon-neutral.

Nedim Husomanovic

Atawey launches its mobile hydrogen station

Previous article

Bavaria relies on green hydrogen from South Africa for turnaround

Next article

You may also like

More in Africa


Comments are closed.