Hunter-based 3ME Technology charges ahead with injection from capital investments

Hunter-based 3ME Technology charges ahead with injection from capital investments

Australian heavy-vehicle battery manufacturer, 3ME Technology Holdings (3ME Technology) has welcomed a $15 million capital investment from the Australian Business Growth Fund (ABGF) – the first investment to date by ABGF.

The Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) has also backed 3ME Technology with a $5 million investment.

Based in Cardiff, 3ME Technology has developed a powerful, scalable, lithium-ion battery system to replace the diesel-powered engines used in large industrial vehicles in mining and defence.

3ME Technology’s pioneering BLADEVOLT® battery system has been successfully retrofitted into underground mining equipment.

3ME Technology Chief Executive Officer, Justin Bain said this technology is aimed at providing ultimate efficiency in Australian mines, and improved safety for all workers.

“3ME Technology is working with other Australian businesses to electrify the Australian mining industry’s heavy vehicle fleet,” Justin said.

“Our batteries’ advanced safety features and high performance are designed specifically for use in underground mining environments and can be retrofitted into a range of vehicles from small utilities to very large loaders.”

3ME Technology’s battery system incorporates novel safety features to prevent thermal runaway.

Using cell-level monitoring and predictive analysis in real time, batteries can be shut down remotely if a cell isn’t performing within parameters. Battery-powered electric mining vehicles have the added advantage of zero diesel fumes, less heat, and reduced noise which all contribute to a safer working environment.

“We are delighted to have the funding support of the ABGF and CEFC,” Justin said.

“This combined $20 million investment will allow us to increase our workforce, accelerate onshore manufacturing of our large-format batteries, and invest in expanding the battery system operations centre.

“In developing the BLADEVOLT® battery system our focus has been on building a sovereign capability in electric-powered heavy vehicles. With the challenge of meeting the very high safety and operating demands solved, we are ready to scale up production and help the mining sector deliver better performance with lower emissions”, Justin concluded.

IMAGE | 3ME Technology’s headquarters in Cardiff.

3ME Technology

3ME Technology is an Australian heavy-vehicle battery manufacturer designing and producing energy-dense, lithium-ion battery systems in a modular format to power mining and military electric vehicles (EV) and equipment.

Our batteries’ advanced safety features and high performance are designed specifically for heavy-duty and harsh environments and can be retrofitted into a range of vehicles from small utilities to very large production vehicles.

3ME Technology has over 15 years of experience in e-mobility and battery systems. We have a diverse and rapidly growing team of high-performance 3ME Technologists including operational experience in the industries we serve.

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