Xerotech partners with Hagerbach Test Gallery
By Chad Elmore05 October 2022
Goal is to fast-track underground mining electrification
Xerotech, a global supplier of battery technology for heavy-duty non-road mobile machinery, has entered into a partnership with Switzerland-based VSH (VersuchsStollen Hagerbach – Hagerbach Test Gallery) and other founding members — Amberg Group, Normet, Motics, Alumina and Fortescue — in the creation of a Subspace Energy Hub.
This development is expected to allow Ireland-based Xerotech to partner with VSH’s leadership in underground mining to fast-track underground mining electrification and work with other companies and thought leaders in this space.
The new hub at VSH is expected to offer a platform for the harmonized development, prototyping and installation of new technologies that promote best practice in sustainable energy use and storage, combining both above and underground facilities.
“This facility provides a platform to continue pushing the boundaries of our next generation battery technology as we continue to break the limitations of what is possible in terms of non-road mobile machinery electrification,” said Dr. Barry Flannery, CEO of Xerotech. “This will rapidly benefit our customers who are under increasing pressure to find viable ways to electrify vehicles that at one point were thought to be too big or difficult to convert to electric.”
“Together with the partners like Xerotech, VSH will be transformed into a visionary sustainable and CO2 neutral underground infrastructure where construction and operation of underground space usage will be developed, prototyped and launched”, said Michael Kompatscher, general manager at Hagerbach Test Gallery Ltd. “This will be a model ecosystem of sustainable energy storage and delivery, above and below ground, and how it supports green energy use in future cities.”
Hagerbach Test Gallery, founded in 1970, operates a 5 km long underground test facility. Specialists from around the world use the facility as a research laboratory and training location.