HydraGEN gets the underground green light

Canada-based dynaCERT has received approval for its HydraGEN carbon emission reduction technology to be used in the country’s underground mining operations
HydraGEN gets the underground green light HydraGEN gets the underground green light HydraGEN gets the underground green light HydraGEN gets the underground green light HydraGEN gets the underground green light

A HydraGEN unit will be installed on a Sparta utility vehicle (boom truck)

dynaCERT dealer Total Equipment Services (TES) is now steering a case study to measure the technology's effectiveness on a Sparta boom truck that is in use at the unnamed northern Ontario test mine.

"TES, with support of dynaCERT engineers, recently participated in risk assessment exercises with one of its operating mining customers," the company said.

"The Workplace Risk Assessment and Control (WRAC) was undertaken to develop a better understanding of any occupational health and safety hazards that could possibly arise from the installation of a HydraGEN unit."

The technology that will be installed has undergone a risk ranking process and has met approval with specified mine standards.

The user case study will be launched in November. While the company did not outline a timeline for completion, it did confirm that the comprehensive analysis would track the effectiveness of HydraGEN underground by measuring emissions and fuel economy changes.

TES president and CEO Kevin Whynott called this a "groundbreaking development".

"We know how important lowering diesel emissions is to the mining community. As the advancement of other emission solutions has been slow moving, we are confidently hoping that this is a solution that can start lowering emissions immediately," he said.

According to regional news outlets, dynaCERT was the winner at the Mining Cleantech Challenge in Colorado, US, last March.

The company has said its technology could produce a 19.2% reduction in fuel consumption, extended engine and oil life, increased engine power and torque, a 60% reduction in diesel emission fuel usage, and a reduction of diesel particulate filter replacement periods by about 33%.