AFRY joins new EU-sponsored project for carbon neutral sustainable mining
Robust communication for sustainable mining
AFRY joins the European Union-funded collaboration project together with several mining companies, equipment and system manufacturers and universities. The three-year project, called NEXGEN SIMS, will support new technologies, methods and processes that will enable a more sustainable and efficient carbon neutral mining operation.
A key aspect of the project is to develop autonomous carbon neutral mining processes. This includes the use of battery-electric mining equipment, full utilisation of 5G for optimal connectivity and positioning, autonomous material handling, AI powered traffic and fleet control and collaboration among machines.
AFRY will collaborate with project partners and stakeholders to develop robust and sustainable connectivity processes and solutions, enabling new use cases within automation and a safer work environment for the future modern miner.
“We are very proud to be part of the NEXGEN SIMS project. We will utilise our broad expertise in robust communication, mining industry, and operations & maintenance excellence, in order to enable the support of future connectivity solutions”, says Eskil Bendz, manager Networks, AFRY.
NEXGEN SIMS builds on the successful H2020 EU-sponsored SIMS project, which ran between 2017 and 2020 and played an important role in advancing sustainable mining operations, partly through the use of battery-electric machines.
NEXGEN SIMS, Next Generation Carbon Neutral Pilots for Smart Intelligent Mining Systems, started May 1, 2021 and will run until April 30, 2024. The total budget for this project is EUR 16 million.
Project partners: AFRY, Epiroc, Boliden, Ericsson, Agnico Eagle Finland, KGHM Polska, K+S and OZ Minerals, Mobilaris, AFRY and KGHM Cuprum, LTU Business, Luleå University of Technology and RWTH Aachen University.