MTU EnergyPack

Scalable all-in-one microgrid solution for mining.

Mining companies are increasingly being forced to operate well off the beaten track as resources become scarce. Mines in remote locations are faced with very high energy costs, as fuel transportation is often more expensive than the fuel itself. Hybrid power microgrids can reduce fuel costs in remote mining locations by up to 40%.

Although most mines have huge potential for using renewable energies, the benefits are severely limited, as gensets still need to run continuously – and at lower efficiency – in order to provide spinning reserve. Only when intelligent control  and power storage capacity is added can real savings be made: The MTU EnergyPack and MTU Microgrid Controller keep gensets running at peak performance by providing spinning reserve and enabling greater use of renewables by storing the excess power for delivery when required.

MTU EnergyPack

The scalable all-in-one energy storage solution for mining.

When it comes to microgrid solutions in mining facilities, the new MTU EnergyPack is a key component for improving reliability and profitability. It stores electricity from any source – diesel or gas-powered gensets, wind turbines or solar panels – and delivers it just when it’s needed. Designed as a scalable, all-in-one solution, the MTU EnergyPack is able to provide grid support services and can form an autonomous microgrid, enabling customers to operate independently during grid outages. 

The system can be built into existing power grids, making it easy to expand capacity. A highly mobile, fully integrated plug-and-play design ensures fast, easy installation, reducing setup times and costs. As a result, power is available more quickly and at lower cost. By bringing power on-stream immediately, the MTU EnergyPack provides essential fast response capability for better power quality, black starts, frequency response and backup applications.

Anatomy of an MTU EnergyPack

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Input cabinet

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Power string

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Inverter cooling

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Inverter cabinets

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Control cabinet

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Battery racks

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HVAC system

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ISO container

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Input cabinet

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Power string

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Inverter cooling

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Inverter cabinets

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Control cabinet

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Battery racks

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HVAC system

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ISO container

Stand-alone facilities

Battery storage makes it easier to add renewables (solar and wind) to a stand-alone grid, cutting cost and ensuring clean, reliable, quiet power all year round. We can offer the most suitable and economical solution for your needs.

Remote mining locations

Easy to install and maintain, the MTU EnergyPack ensures year-round stable frequency and voltage, a failsafe power supply, and the availability of backup power when needed.

Stationary plant for mining operations

An independent power supply, elimination of grid charges, a green image and emergency power supplies: clear benefits for mines with high-power demands.

Grid stabilization

Batteries respond to frequency changes within milliseconds, feeding power when frequency drops, and absorbing power from the grid as soon as frequency rises.

Infrastructure on a mine site

Electrical equipment and vehicles need to be charged quickly without straining the grid. Battery charging stations can use green electricity from local, renewable resources.

Security of supply

The use of our microgrid solutions increases availability of renewable energies and at the same time increases reliability and available power beyond the entire mining process.

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Microgrid use case: a mine in Australia


How to lower both energy costs and environmental impact

Electricity makes up a significant share of a mine’s operating costs. Renewable energy solutions such as photovoltaics (PV) and an energy storage system (ESS) can lower energy costs by as much as 53% – along with the environmental footprint. How? The following use case of a mine in Australia offers two scenarios. Download the technical article below and discover how:

  • A PV-only plant can greatly reduce utility grid dependence
  • A combined PV and ESS can lead to optimized energy cost savings

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