ENGIE and Mining3’s renewable hydrogen powertrain project receives funding support from Chilean economic development agency
Aug 05, 2020
ENGIE, a global reference group in low-carbon energy and services, and Mining3, a leading research organisation in the global mining industry, announce funding from the Chilean
economic development agency CORFO for the Hydra project. The 252 million Chilean pesos, or the equivalent of $460,000 AUD funding will finance part of this project to design
and supply a new powertrain for mining vehicles to run on renewable hydrogen instead of diesel. The Hydra project will work through Mining3’s partnership with CSIRO and CSIRO
Chile to accept the CORFO funding.
The Hydra project starts with the prefeasibility and engineering study of the powertrain and the renewable hydrogen refuelling system for mining trucks.
This will be followed by the design and manufacturing of a 100-200kW fuel cell and battery powertrain prototype to test its performance under mining conditions (altitude, dust,
temperature, etc.). The tests will provide valuable information to optimise the overarching design that could replace the traditional diesel powertrain.
In addition, the project will help establish safety protocols for hydrogen use at scale in the mining industry. These protocols for the industry are critical to the successful deployment of
hydrogen in the mining industry.
Finally, the project will conduct competitiveness studies for technical and economic validation of the innovative technology, aiding in the adoption and utilisation from national
and international mining players. The end goal of the Hydra project is to scale up the solution to convert mining vehicles of several mining sites in Chile.
Chile has great potential to become a world leader in the production of renewable hydrogen. According to data from its Ministry of Energy, this new fuel could mitigate, at the
national level, between 17% and 27% of greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and help achieve the objective of carbon neutrality, while contributing to an environmentally
friendly, sustainable and inclusive economic recovery.
“ENGIE is delighted to be awarded funding from CORFO to support the Hydra project. We believe that renewable hydrogen is key to decarbonising the mining industry. We look
forward to joining forces with Mining3 to contribute to Chile’s energy transition and to help kick-start the country’s hydrogen economy,” says Michele Azalbert, CEO of ENGIE’s
Hydrogen Business Unit.
“Mining3 is excited about the CORFO funding announcement and thanks CORFO for supporting the development of hydrogen solutions for future mining. We look forward to
collaborating with ENGIE to accelerate and intensify the actions and investments necessary for a sustainable low carbon future for the mining industry. As an industry-led organisation
Mining3 is able to leverage its members’ knowledge and feedback to fast track real world decarbonisation solutions,” says Paul Lever, CEO of Mining3.
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sustainability, and safety of the mining industry. Our world-class researchers and engineers develop tangible solutions to industry-identified challenges using both fundamental and
applied research, while leveraging our extensive history and acquired knowledge.
By bringing industry and research expertise together, we collaboratively accelerate the delivery of real-world solutions from our research, ensuring they are available to the market
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