Epiroc and Vale have signed a Batteries as a Service (BaaS) agreement for utilizing battery technology in mining operations in Canada.
BaaS serves mining companies that strive for sustainable productivity and zero emissions, yet face challenge of the fast evolution and development of different options within the field of battery technology, according to Epiroc. “A key component to the success of this offering is the flexibility it allows our customers,” said Shawn Samuels, product manager Rocvolt, Epiroc Canada, in a prepared statement. “We take ownership of the battery itself and automatically replace and update the units as needed, which means the mine site can breathe easier and continue to focus on heightened production.”
Epiroc produced a promotional video, which can be seen below.
With Batteries as a Service, Epiroc works directly with the customer to define a battery plan that suits the needs of their operation. The lifespan is guaranteed and the battery status is carefully monitored to ensure predictive maintenance with reduced downtime. If a customer wants to increase or decrease their capacity, they can adjust their plan and the service will be tailored to meet their requirements.
As part of an ongoing sustainability commitment, Epiroc will remove old batteries from site and replace them with new. These older batteries are then used for secondary applications and will be recycled at the end of the process.
“Batteries as a Service helps our customers benefit from the latest battery technology without having to worry about facilitating upgrades and removals – they can focus on their business and we make sure they have all the power they need,” said Fredrik Martinsson, head of marketing Rocvolt, Products & Services, Epiroc, in a statement.
Along with the BaaS agreement, Epiroc will provide Vale with 10 battery electric vehicles for two Canadian mine sites. These machines will include four Scooptram ST14 loaders, two Boomer M2C drill rigs, two Boltec MC bolting rigs, and two Minetruck MT42 trucks.
To complement the new battery fleet, Vale will also be adding three of Epiroc’s charging cabinets and seven charging posts for equipment support.
“We value and look forward to continuing our successful partnership with Vale as we move towards a zero emissions future in mining together,” said Jason Smith, general manager Epiroc Canada, in a statement. “We both recognize the positive impact a successful battery service implementation can have on operations, so our mutual confidence in one another is well placed.”
The delivery of the battery equipment to both sites will occur over the course of 2020 and into the first quarter of 2021.