Trident switches to lithium-ion technology

Trident switches to lithium-ion technology

The mining equipment OEM company is now providing lithium-powered batteries for locomotives used in global mining operations, offering improved performance and reducing emissions.

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Trident SA produces locomotives for underground hard rock mining operations together with other specialised equipment.   The company intends that the switch away from conventional lead-acid batteries toward integrated lithium-ion for locomotives will have multiple benefits.  For the customer, there would no longer be a need to buy two lead-acid battery packs (one for use, and one to recharge a swap in) when a locomotive is bought.  Instead, just one lithium-ion unit is required, with improved efficiency, faster-recharging speed, lower maintenance requirements and no need for charging bays. 

Trident’s move is part of an ever-growing trend for mining operators and the OEMs supplying them pivoting towards greener technologies for extraction as supply chains move to reduce scope 1 emissions.  A major part of this is the shift away from diesel power.  An Australian Renewable Energy Agency report found up to 40% of total mine site energy usage was consumed by diesel-powered mining vehicles, so if the vehicles could become electric, emissions would reduce significantly.

  • 18 May 2022
  • South Africa
  • Lithium
  • Manganese
  • Iron
  • Cobalt
  • Nickel
  • Copper

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