Columbus-based Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) and Komatsu Ltd., a Japan-based provider of equipment and services for the construction and mining industries, have signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on the development of zero-emissions haulage equipment. The partners say they will initially focus on zero emissions power technologies, including hydrogen fuel cell solutions for large mining haul trucks.
“Komatsu’s deep expertise in mining and equipment design and integration paired with our advanced power technologies including hydrogen fuel cells will accelerate decarbonization of mining equipment,” said Amy Davis, vice president and president of new power at Cummins. “The mining industry has great potential to lead in adopting renewable solutions.”
Last year, Komatsu announced its “power agnostic truck concept” for haulage vehicles. Cummins says the vehicles can run on a variety of power sources, including diesel electric, trolley, battery power and hydrogen fuel cells.
“Cummins has been a long-term partner of Komatsu and has been investing in the key technologies required to support the energy transition in mining,” said Masayuki Moriyama, president of Komatsu’s mining business division. “These are critical technologies for helping mining customers reduce carbon emissions and accelerate carbon neutrality. Building on our partnership with Cummins, we are working to accelerate sustainable solutions for our customers.”
Earlier this year, Cummins and Daimler Truck North America announced a partnership to install Cummins’ hydrogen fuel cell powertrain on Freightliner Cascadia trucks to support reduced emissions.