Next generation carbon neutral pilots for smart intelligent mining systems

NEXGEN SIMS is a three-year project that aims to support new mining technologies, methods and processes that will enable a more sustainable and efficient carbon neutral mining operation.

The project is funded by the European Union and run by an international consortium of mining companies, equipment and system manufacturers and universities.

A key aspect of the project is to develop autonomous carbon neutral mining processes. This includes the use of battery-electric mining equipment, full utilization of 5G for optimal connectivity and positioning, autonomous material handling, AI powered traffic and fleet control and collaboration among machines. The project is also focusing on the mine worker of the future – ‘the digital miner’ – and safety, for example by developing autonomous mine inspection technology.

NEXGEN SIMS builds on the successful H2020 EU-sponsored SIMS project, which ran between 2017 and 2020 and played an important role in advancing sustainable mining operations, partly through the use of battery-electric machines.

The project started May 1, 2021 and will run until April 30, 2024. The total budget is EUR 16 million and the project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101003591.