Liebherr mining truck prototype takes first pressure powered by hydrogen

A hydrogen-powered Liebherr T 264 mining truck has reached the milestone of working the use of hydrogen vitality for the very first time. The prototype has been developed in conjunction with Fortescue and uses hydrogen gas cells for a nil-emission solution.

The truck, dubbed “Europa,” contains a 1.6 MWh battery and 500 kW of gas cells. It also has storage for more than 380 kilograms of liquid hydrogen. The predominant operation is a essential step ahead for each and every Liebherr and Fortescue on their paths toward zero-emission targets.

“With Europa quickly transferring to space, Liebherr and Fortescue contain taken an valuable step closer to their total arrangement of setting up and constructing zero emission alternate suggestions for the mining alternate which will more than doubtless be each and every enviornment confirmed and vitality agnostic,” outlined Joerg Lukowski, Vice President of Gross sales and Marketing for Liebherr Mining. “This success demonstrates the improbable capabilities of two Tier 1 corporations working collectively to construct viable applied sciences on the present time that will presumably well support the mining alternate cross towards a decarbonized future.”

Fortescue and Liebherr established a partnership for pattern and present of zero-emissions mining haul autos in 2022. Liebherr started turning in the first of Fortescue’s T 264 diesel-electrical autos in 2023, with the function of those autos being converted to zero-emission expertise by the cease of the decade.

 “Following the success of our battery electrical haul truck prototype at space, we’re overjoyed to now contain Europa up and running on hydrogen. Here is a essential fulfillment for the crew and brings Fortescue one other step closer to having a snappy of zero-emission autos at our sites by the cease of this decade,” said Dino Otranto, CEO of Fortescue Metals. “We’re aiming to cross Europa to our mining operations contained in the arrival weeks where it will then undergo extra space-basically basically based testing and commissioning. The next take a look at outcomes will bellow our future snappy of zero-emissions autos that we’re turning in with Liebherr.”