Cummins, a power technology company and Komatsu, a provider of equipment and services for the construction and mining industries, are collaborating on the development of zero-emission mining haul trucks.
They have signed a memorandum of understanding to work on the project, which will initially focus on zero-emission power technologies including hydrogen fuel cell solutions for large mining haul truck applications.
In August 2021, Komatsu announced its power agnostic truck concept for a haulage vehicle that can run on a variety of power sources, including diesel electric, trolley, battery power and hydrogen fuel cells.
The latest agreement supports Komatsu’s ambition to reduce carbon emissions from the use of its products and production of its equipment by 50% by 2030 and achieve carbon-neutrality by 2050.
Masayuki Moriyama, President of Komatsu’s Mining Business Division said: “Cummins has been a long term partner of Komatsu and has been investing in the key technologies required to support the energy transition in mining.
“These are critical technologies for helping mining customers reduce carbon emissions and accelerate carbon neutrality. Building on our partnership with Cummins, we are working to accelerate sustainable solutions for our customers.”
The project also supports Cummins goal of reducing greenhouse gases and impacts of its products and reach net zero emissions by 2050.
Amy Davis, Vice President and President of New Power at Cummins added: “Komatsu’s deep expertise in mining and equipment design and integration paired with our advanced power technologies including hydrogen fuel cells will accelerate decarbonisation of mining equipment.
“The mining industry has great potential to lead in adopting renewable solutions.”