Mobile equipment in underground mines has traditionally relied on diesel engines and require costly ventilation systems to deal with the exhaust emissions. Not any more, thanks to a new battery driven loader from Atlas Copco.
Scooptram ST7 Battery is Atlas Copco’s first battery driven product for the underground mining industry, making life easier, cleaner and safer for miners. Although electric loaders already exist, these units have to be connected to electricity cables which considerably limits their operating range.
As the trend towards deeper mines continues and mining companies seek to gain more control over their operations, the Scooptram ST7 Battery would appear to be the answer to many of the challenges.
These include the ability to control multiple loaders from a safe, remote location, and planning and repeating the perfect production cycle every time.
Lars Senf, Vice President Marketing at Atlas Copco’s Underground Rock Excavation division, says: “Loaders and trucks consume about 80 percent of the diesel fuel used underground. Loaders are most often used in dead ends of the mine, which are the most difficult to ventilate.
“To make the greatest impact on the working environment and ventilation costs, it was an obvious choice for us to launch a battery driven loader as our first product of this type.”
The initiative to create battery operated equipment has been driven by new battery technology, making it possible to create powerful and productive equipment with zero emissions.
The Scooptram ST7 Battery will be initially introduced in North America and gradually rolled out globally.
Epiroc operated under the trademark “Atlas Copco” prior to January 1, 2018.