Diesel Technology Forum Offers Advice
Mining extracts raw materials, rare metals, and sources of energy from the earth that power our economies and diesel technologies play a dominant role
Everything begins with mining. From rare metals found in batteries and all consumer electronics to construction materials like sand and gravel to energy resources such as coal, oil and natural gas, much of the equipment used by extractive industries for surface mining and underground mining is substantially powered by diesel. The US gets 93% of its energy from mined sources, such as petroleum, natural gas, coal, and uranium. Extracting these resources requires equipment capable of operating continuously in demanding applications and environments and often in remote areas. The equipment used in mining operations is uniquely qualified for demanding work and no other power source shares diesel's reliability, durability, and fuel-efficiency for powering the global mining sector.
Overall, diesel is fundamental to the mining industry that utilizes nearly $7 billion worth of diesel-powered equipment. Diesel-powered shovels and drills excavate and load natural resources into enormous mining trucks or onto conveyer belts that also operate on diesel fuel. These powerful machines made after 2014 are also now able to meet the incredibly challenging fourth-generation Tier 4 engine emissions standards, which are near zero levels of emissions.
It is estimated that the mining sector utilizes nearly $7 billion worth of diesel-powered equipment. This ranges from diesel-powered shovels and drills to underground haul trucks, large excavators, and material handling equipment to extract, convey and transport for processing mined natural resources.
The mining sector has been a pioneer in efficiency innovations because of the scale and duration of the worksite, including being a leader in deployment of autonomous technologies like driverless mining haul trucks in use for several decades.