Mobilaris and partners collaborate in new EU-sponsored project for carbon neutral sustainable mining

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Mobilaris Mining & Civil Engineering (MCE) has started a new 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 utilization of 5G for optimal connectivity and positioning, autonomous material handling, AI powered traffic and fleet control and collaboration among machines. The project is also focusing on the mine worker of the future – ‘the modern miner’ -and safety, for example by developing autonomous mine inspection technology.

For Mobilaris, this is a very important project that shows our investment and commitment in using AI and ML to generate more value to our customers, such as in automated utilization measures. We will build on our achievements from the previous SIMS project generating our product  Mobilaris Onboard and take it to the next level by employing edge computing and AI.

Figure 1. Mobilaris Onboard is among the products that will be used in the NEXGEN SIMS project

The project is coordinated by mining equipment and service supplier Epiroc and the other project partners consist of mining companies Boliden, Agnico Eagle Finland, KGHM Polska, K+S and OZ Minerals; services and system suppliers Ericsson, Mobilaris MCE, AFRY and KGHM Cuprum; business developer LTU Business and universities Luleå University of Technology and RWTH Aachen University – all based in Europe, except for OZ Minerals which is based in Australia.

  • Mobilaris had a very happy and successful collaboration with many partners in the previous SIMS project and when we got the chance of being part of this Next Generation SIMS project, the decision was easy. We are really looking forward to work together with our partners in this project, both in technology development but also in large scale real-life tests and demonstrations where the technology we develop will show its usefulness in a real mine, says Daniel Enström, CTO at Mobilaris MCE.

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.

Figure 2. NEXGEN SIMS partners


Contact details:

For more information, please contact: Daniel Enström, CTO, Mobilaris MCE

Contact to project manager Jan Gustafsson,

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