The largest zero-emission vehicle is powered by a massive 2-MW hydrogen powerstation

The largest zero-emission vehicle is powered by a massive 2-MW hydrogen powerstation ...

Anglo American has recently revealed the world''s largest zero-emission haul truck.

The enormous hydrogen fuel cell and lithium-ion battery powerplant that powers the truck were developed and developed by First Mode, a creative engineering firm based in Seattle, which has the intent to help the world transition to cleaner solutions.

Chris Voorhees, CEO of First Mode, said "until the major projects we''ve been working on is the decarbonization of mining activities."

The paradox of the green energy transition

Mining, despite its poor environmental record, will be vital in the fight against climate change.

According to the World Economic Forum, the transition to clean energy, which is required to avoid the most devastating effects of climate change, may require as much as 3 billion tons of metals to support battery development, solar panels, wind turbines, and other industries.

Voorhees from First Mode highlighted this point to IE. Although mining is a "pretty dirty industry with a fairly solid past that has had a lot of problems and had a lot of environmental damage in history, it''s also vital to society," he said.

"You must start at the source from a perspective of decarbonization." Voorhees described the fact that, if you cannot obtain material in a sustainable manner and in zero emission manner, it''s fruit from a poison tree.

A massive 2MW hydrogen powerplant

The internal combustion ultra-class haul truck from Anglo American consumed thousands of gallons of diesel every year. It weighs 200 tons when it''s empty and can carry 290 tons of mining materials. Now, thanks to the 2MW hydrogen fuel cell and lithium-ion battery plant developed by First Mode, it''s emission-free.

According to Anglo American, this will keep 700 automobiles'' worth of carbon dioxide emissions out of the atmosphere. The mining company said that large trucks currently account for 70-80% of diesel fuel consumption at its mining sites.

The mining industry is responsible for about 7% of global carbon emissions, and diesel haul trucks are responsible for up to 50% of the total energy usage at mine sites. These emissions will be critical non only to stop further harm to our planet, but also to ensure a long-term procurement of the materials required for a green energy transition.

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