Fortescue Completes First Trial of the Hydrogen-Powered Liebherr Haul Truck in WA

Liebherr and Fortescue, an Australian mining and green energy company, have developed a hydrogen-powered haul truck prototype. The T 264 haul truck has operated using hydrogen power for the first time in Perth, Western Australia. The successful operation of the truck, known as Europa, represents an important step in Liebherr and Fortescue’s journey to develop and supply zero-emission haul trucks for the mining industry.

Liebherr T 264 (Image: courtesy of Liebherr)

In June 2022, Fortescue and Liebherr established a partnership for the development and supply of zero-emission mining haul trucks.

“With Europa soon moving to site, Liebherr and Fortescue have taken an important step closer to their common target of developing and building zero-emission solutions for the mining industry that are both field-proven and energy agnostic. This success demonstrates the incredible capabilities of two Tier 1 companies working together to develop viable technologies today that can help the mining industry move towards a decarbonized future.”

said Joerg Lukowski, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Liebherr Mining.

Europa contains a 1.6MWh battery (developed in-house by Fortescue WAE) and 500 kilowatts of fuel cells. The prototype can store over 380 kilograms of liquid hydrogen.

The hydrogen-powered T 264 haul truck prototype at Fortescue’s facility in Perth. (Image: courtesy of Liebherr)

“Following the success of our battery electric haul truck prototype at the site, we’re thrilled to now have Europa up and running on hydrogen. This is a huge achievement for the team and brings Fortescue another step closer to having a fleet of zero-emission trucks at our sites by the end of this decade. We’re aiming to transport Europa to our mining operations within the coming weeks where it will then undergo further site-based testing and commissioning. The subsequent test results will inform our future fleet of zero-emissions trucks that we’re delivering with Liebherr.”

said Fortescue Metals Chief Executive Officer, Dino Otranto.

Liebherr began delivering the first of Fortescue’s T 264 diesel electric trucks in 2023, which will be converted to zero-emission technology before the end of the decade.

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