Volvo Autonomous Solutions and Holcim have entered a collaboration to jointly test and further develop the use of autonomous electric haulers in a limestone quarry. Holcim's quarry Gabenchopf in Siggenthal has been chosen as the site for this project. The battery-electric haulers currently being tested mark a significant step in the industry: not only are they quieter and more sustainable than conventional haulers, they are also safer.
"This project showcases a sustainable transport solution that is commercially viable and combines the technology shifts of connectivity, automation and electrification," says Nils Jaeger, President of Volvo Autonomous Solutions. "Through a strong partnership with Holcim Switzerland this will happen in a real environment driven by two committed companies dedicated to jointly presenting the future."
The testing and likely deployment of electric haulers in its quarry is part of Holcim's digitization initiative "Plants of Tomorrow". As part of the initiative, Holcim is testing automation technologies, robotics and artificial intelligence throughout the entire production process in order to develop innovative solutions for a safer, more efficient and more sustainable cement production.
"Volvo's ambition is nothing less but to bring the future of infrastructure and transport solutions to our customers in a commercially viable way, and this innovative commercial project represents the next phase of this journey," concludes Jaeger.