Technology group Wärtsilä and Schneider Electric say they have together developed a “unique, end-to-end power system reference design.” It is aimed specifically at lithium mine operations where there is no access to a grid supply of electricity. To learn more, read “Wärtsilä & Schneider Electric develop power system reference design for lithium mines lacking grid access.” 

Key Takeaways:

  • Wärtsilä and Schneider Electric signed the framework cooperation agreement for the development of the design for mining energy solutions in March 2020.
  • Their design provides for an economically viable total expenditure that covers the complete process, including consulting, project design, the power infrastructure, equipment delivery, installation and commissioning.
  • Their solution contributes to sustainable lithium production by optimising the efficient delivery and use of energy, and by leveraging microgrids and enabling renewable energy sources.
  • The overall objective of this collaborative development is to provide high efficiency power solutions with a minimal environmental footprint for the mining industry.

Path to 100% Perspective:

Increasing global demand for lithium that is used in battery storage applications is putting pressure on mining operations to be as efficient and cost-effective as possible. How mines source and use power is a key element in this process. By using microgrids and renewable energy sources to meet their power needs, mine operators will reduce environmental impact and take the necessary steps toward decarbonization.