The partnership represents a significant milestone for both companies: HCM is accelerating the validation of its zero-emission mining products as part of its technology roadmap; and FQM is progressing towards reducing its operational greenhouse gas emissions and achieving its long-term sustainability goals.
HCM and FQM have a longstanding relationship that will be further strengthened through these initiatives. The Kansanshi mine is ideally suited to these trials due to its existing trolley assist systems, which align with the development of battery dump trucks. FQM currently operates 41 HCM (diesel) trolley trucks at Kansanshi, meaning much of the required infrastructure for the battery dump truck is already in place.
Developed in collaboration with ABB, HCM’s battery dump truck utilises on-board energy storage and trolley systems to generate power. Via a pantograph, the battery dump truck connects to overhead power lines, drawing power to allow the truck to run. At the same time, the generated energy is used to charge the battery system. This is separate to the regenerated power from the retarder braking system, which will generate a high level of charge during haul road descent.