ABB Signs MoU with Hitachi to Promote All-Electric Mines

ABB and Hitachi Construction Machinery have signed an MoU to share their expertise and cooperate on bringing solutions to market that will minimize greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. 

FREMONT, CA: ABB and Hitachi Construction Machinery have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to share their expertise and cooperate on bringing solutions to market that will minimize greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions caused by heavy machinery in mining.

The companies will try to discover the possibilities of implementing ABB's electrification, automation, and digital technologies to Hitachi Construction Machinery's mining trucks and excavators as part of a larger initiative with mine operators to electrify every process from pit to port. Hitachi Construction Machinery, an original equipment manufacturer (OEM), also has experience in driverless service and labor-saving technology. The objective of the integrated solutions is to improve customer businesses' productivity and flexibility while also committing to CO reduction and the realization of a sustainable society.

The partnership with Hitachi Construction Machinery is one of many that ABB hopes to form with OEMs to speed up the transformation to all-electric mines.

"ABB is calling for more collaboration between OEMs and technology companies to fast-track the development of new emissions-reducing systems with electrification and automation of the whole mining operation the goal. We are ready to work more with OEMs to establish a common approach for the market, and through strategic collaboration provide solutions that can help enable a low-carbon society and make mining operations more responsible," said Joachim Braun, Division President, Process Industries, ABB. "New emissions-reducing technologies can transform the energy-intensive mining industry to achieve an even more productive, but also sustainable future."

ABB has more than 130 years of mining experience and provides full electrification, automation, and digital solutions, and industry-specific products and lifecycle services at every point of the mining process.

"Today, the challenge of our customers is on electrification of trucks and the time to change is now. But nobody can achieve this transformation alone. Co-creation of solutions with OEMs and mining companies is needed to successfully integrate electrification in mines," said Max Luedtke, ABBs Global Head of Mining.