GE unveiled that its breakthrough energy storage technology, the Durathon Battery, has successfully powered GE Mining’s Scoop, an underground vehicle that transports mining materials, at Coal River Energy, LLC in Alum Creek, West Virginia. This trial is a major milestone for GE Mining and represents a long-term commitment to developing market-leading solutions featuring increased productivity, availability, reduced maintenance costs and improved performance.
GE’s Durathon battery technology features a number of benefits that make the technology faster, cleaner and better than traditional batteries, including at least 40 percent more operating range. The battery is 25 percent smaller and 50 percent lighter than traditional batteries, enabling more energy to be stored in a smaller space. The battery-powered scoop operates more effectively in extreme temperatures and requires no cooling and minimal maintenance.
“We’re encouraged by the test at Coal River Energy and see GE’s Durathon battery technology as a long-term solution for our mining customers,” said Prescott Logan, general manager of GE Energy Storage. “With the Invertex underground propulsion system and our state-of-the-art energy storage solution, GE Mining will deliver higher efficiency and productivity to mining customers worldwide while lowering fuel use, emissions and life-cycle cost.”GE Mining and GE’s Energy Storage, two businesses within GE Transportation, collaborated to combine the Durathon battery, an ecomagination-qualified product, with GE’s Invertex underground propulsion system to develop a more advanced and efficient mining scoop.
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