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What’s Got Us Talking 1st July 2022

The latest news from across the industry that ‘got us talking’

Welcome to our fortnightly news round-up! Take a look at ‘what’s got us talking’, a collection of topical industry news from both our marine, industrial an off highway sectors.

Quarries to benefit from autonomous solutions

As a major manufacturer of mining and infrastructure equipment, Epiroc is taking advantage of automation improvements in the mining sector by implementing them into its quarrying equipment.

The Australian mining industry has been a pioneer in the field of automation, with giants dedicating millions of dollars to research and development. More than one billion tonnes of ore has been hauled by Rio Tinto’s autonomous trucks as part of its mine of the future challenge, and the company’s AutoHaul autonomous train is one of the world’s largest robots, carrying around 28,000 tonnes or iron ore across 280km.

How does this all relate to quarrying?

According to Epiroc Australia Business Line Manager Craig Marsh, while the major players in the mining sector are leading the way, others in the quarrying industry will soon move into the sphere and follow suit. “At Epiroc, we are always looking for ways to improve sustainability and safety, which is all part of the automation space,” he told Quarry at the recent Institute of Quarrying Australia (IQA) National Conference. “I think if we can collect enough data from within the mining industry about what the benefits are from all aspects of automation – not just reduced manpower – then it is our responsibility to transfer this over to the quarry industry.”



Electric ferry sails 50 miles on single battery charge

The world’s longest-ranging, fully electric ferry, Ellen, set a new world record at the 7th annual Global Conference on Energy Efficiency in Sønderborg, Denmark. The electric boat sailed 50 nautical miles (92 kilometres) on a single battery charge.

The event saw leaders from industry, government, and civil society join with the International Energy Agency (IEA).

“The 92 kilometre trip on a single battery charge is the longest planned distance for an electric ferry able to carry both passengers and vehicles to date, anywhere on the globe,” says senior lecturer at Marstal Naval Academy, Henrik Hagbarth Mikkelsen. “We are talking about a clear record. On normal daily trips, the ferry sails 22 nautical miles, or 40 kilometres, from harbour to harbour before recharging.”

Ellen does not emit carbon and operates at a 24 per cent lower cost than a new diesel ferry. She started sailing in 2019, with Danfoss’ Editron division supplying the electric Editron drivetrains and propulsion motors powering the ferry. 

Volvo CE start testing world’s first hydrogen hauler

Testing has started on the first-ever hydrogen articulated hauler – the prototype Volvo HX04

Continuing to act on their commitment to drive change towards a net-zero future, and following the completion of a multi-stakeholder research project aimed at breaking new ground in hydrogen technology, Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) have started testing of the world’s first fuel-cell articulated hauler prototype, the Volvo HX04.

Volvo CE say the results of the project will provide important insights into the possibilities provided by hydrogen and fuel-cells as the company continues research for its future product development programmes.

Acting on their Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) commitment of net-zero value chain greenhouse gas emissions by 2040, and driving industry transformation towards carbon neutrality, Volvo CE has accelerated their work into sustainable power sources. As well as battery-electric solutions, where Volvo CE already claim to offer the largest range of commercial products, the company’s efforts also include exploring the potential of electrification through hydrogen fuel-cell technology.

Transfluid scoops electric and hybrid marine award

Last week at the Electric & Hybrid Marine Expo in Amsterdam, our partners Transfluid and clean energy systems integrator Genevos won the 2022 Electric & Hybrid Propulsion System of the Year Award. The trophy recognises the important collaboration between the two companies in creating a complete hydrogen-electric propulsion system for the market.

Transfluid, a brand famous for its production of transmission units and electric motors, and Genevos, a leading marine fuel cell integration specialist, announced their partnership in February of this year and began working on a scalable zero-emissions propulsion pack by combining their expertise.

The new system combines Genevos’ recently AiP marine-certified Hydrogen Power Module range with Transfluid’s specialist batteries, electric motors, and transmissions. It will offer zero-emission propulsion solutions from 15 kW to 500 kW, allowing full customisation to individual vessel requirements. The partnership will also provide both hydrogen-electric and hybrid options, benefiting from the extended motoring range enabled by the marine fuel cells supplied by Genevos.

“Hydrogen is one of the most promising zero-emission fuels to avoid polluting the air we breathe daily.” Said Transfluid CEO Ugo Pavesi about the collaboration. “The partnership with Genevos enables us to combine our expertise with certified, proven and advanced technologies to meet zero-emissions maritime needs within the global market.”

The Electric & Hybrid Marine awards recognise and reward the latest breakthroughs, innovations and developments in the industry, covering various areas of electrification and decarbonisation technologies, with shortlisted entries judged by an international panel of journalists and experts from across the marine industry.