Ampcontrol and Tritium announced winners in global Charge On Innovation Challenge to decarbonise mining

Ampcontrol and Tritium announced winners in global Charge On Innovation Challenge to decarbonise mining

In the global quest to decarbonise mining operations, eight technology innovators’ submissions, including a joint solution from Ampcontrol and Tritium (Australia), have been selected to progress beyond the Charge On Innovation Challenge.

The global challenge, launched by BHP, Rio Tinto, and Vale, sought to accelerate the commercialisation of effective solutions for charging large electric haul trucks while simultaneously demonstrating there is an emerging market for these solutions in mining.

The eight innovators selected are Ampcontrol and Tritium, ABB, BluVeinXL, DB Engineering and Consulting with Echion Technologies, Hitachi, Shell Consortium, Siemens Off-board power supply, and 3ME Technology.

The joint submission from Ampcontrol and Tritium is an end-to-end mining haul truck battery swap solution that is fully automated, relocatable, scalable, and cell agnostic.

In a drive-in/drive-out recharging station, an autonomous transfer robot swaps batteries in 90 seconds, significantly reducing safety risks and increasing productivity by excluding personnel from the swap process.

On receiving the news of its winning solution, Ampcontrol Managing Director and CEO, Rod Henderson said this is the pathway to the future, a future with zero emissions.

“Technological breakthroughs are vital to our decarbonisation journey as we work toward zero emissions,” Rob said.

“Collaborative partnerships with organisations such as Tritium are critical to our research and development as they bring together innovative thinkers to deliver safer, cleaner, electrically operated solutions to the mining industry.”

Focused on the sustainability of our environment, Ampcontrol and Tritium worked together to pitch for the challenge to help find a joint solution that can change the shape of the mining haul cycle forever.

“We are immensely thrilled to be named as one of the winning solutions in what has been a very comprehensive and competitive worldwide challenge.  The backing by BHP, Rio Tinto, and Vale of our winning solution acknowledges both Ampcontrol and Tritium as pioneers in innovative global energy solutions that can disrupt and revolutionise the mining industry,” Rob added.

BHP’s Group Procurement Officer, James Agar said that all innovators demonstrated the fine details and precision needed for the move to decarbonisation.

“The truly global nature of the final eight technology innovators selected from across industries, demonstrates the level of interest that exists to work closely with the mining industry is seeking solutions to decarbonise mining fleets,” James said.

“The Charge On Innovation Challenge is a great example of the current collaborative work being done to reimagine traditional models and relationships, which will enable innovative solutions to be designed, tested, and implemented, fast-tracking the adoption of new technology.”

The Charge On Innovation Challenge was launched in 2021 and invited vendors and technology innovators from around the world and across industries, to collaborate with the mining industry to present novel electric truck charging solutions.

The Challenge received interest from over 350 companies across 19 industries, with over 80 companies submitting expressions of interest. 21 companies were then invited to present a detailed pitch of their solution. The final eight were chosen from these 21 companies.

Rio Tinto Chief Technical Officer, Mark Davies said each entry allows us to envision a change in the mining industry that will provide benefits to all.

“With this group of innovators, we’re taking another step in the right direction towards changing the way haul truck systems operate in the mining sector. Through collaborations like this, where we all come together to create change, we can drive long-term benefits for our industry and the environment,” Mark said.

“We know we have a role to play in helping solve the global climate challenge. We’re looking at how we can make changes across our business to reduce our carbon emissions by 50 percent by 2030. Initiatives like the Charge On Innovation Challenge can help us reach our targets.”

These technology innovators worked together with the founding patrons – BHP, Rio Tinto, and Vale – and 16 other mining companies to accelerate the commercialisation of interoperable solutions that can safely deliver electricity to large battery-electric off-road haul trucks – reducing emissions while enhancing mine productivity.

Diesel-powered haul truck fleets are responsible for up to 80 per cent of a mine’s emissions but electrifying them requires charging systems capable of delivering energy at unprecedented power levels during operations. The truly global challenge saw the eight winning solution concepts from Australia, Switzerland, Japan, Denmark, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and North America.

Vale’s CEO, Eduardo Bartolomeo said it was an honour to award the winners and see innovative solutions come to the surface once again.

“it is with great pride that we announce the winners of the Challenge who have presented solutions that promise to disrupt the sector. The decarbonisation challenge is so extensive that the mining industry cannot tackle it alone, but with partnerships such as these, we hope to reach this goal, for ourselves, for our communities, and our planet,” Eduardo said.

Ampcontrol and Tritium will now collaborate with interested mining companies, OEMs, and investors to accelerate the technology development to support the future roll-out of zero-emissions fleets.

IMAGE | Ampcontrol and Tritium winners in Charge On Innovation Challenge.


The Ampcontrol story is one full of twists and turns, with milestones achieved and celebrated by a growing workforce across the world. Yet amongst the technological firsts, awards, impressive growth and global reach, is a company founded on simple yet rock solid foundations. A philosophy of anything is possible has meant Ampcontrol's customer driven technology solutions are redefining industry expectations and leading safety in over nine countries.

Strengthened by our vertically integrated structure, Ampcontrol's technology and innovation base underpins our internal supply chain. From customised engineering to the fabrication and manufacture of product suited to the most hazardous environments, Ampcontrol is able to support our customers each step of the way.

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