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Atlas Copco boosts underground safety with battery innovation

Atlas Copco mining

Atlas Copco claims to have improved underground safety and environmental conditions with the launch of the new battery powered Scooptram loader model.

The 7t capacity Scooptram ST7 Battery is the company’s first fully electric underground loader.

According to Atlas Copco, the use of battery power minimises the need for ventilation in a mine or on a tunnel construction site, while offering same or better performance as diesel. Compared to a tethered machine the battery powered Scooptram has the flexibility of the diesel but without the limitation of the trailing cable.

“Loaders and trucks consume about 80% of the diesel fuel underground,” said Atlas Copco Underground Rock Excavation division vice president of marketing Lars Senf.

“The loaders are most often used in dead ends, which are the most difficult to ventilate. To make the greatest impact on work environment and ventilation costs, it was an obvious choice for Atlas Copco to launch a battery driven loader as our first product of this type.”

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