Williams Advanced Engineering to showcase portfolio of cutting-edge off-highway electrification solutions

Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE), now wholly owned by Fortescue Metals Group, is attending Bauma 2022 in Munich from 24-30 October. This is to showcase a wide range of cutting-edge electrification solutions, all of which will support the acceleration of the off-highway sector in its journey to decarbonisation.   

Bauma is the world’s leading trade fair for construction machinery, building material machines, mining machines, construction vehicles and construction equipment. 

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WAE will be using the event to show its leading advanced battery and energy storage technology. These have been specifically developed for the rugged use cases of mining and other off-highway applications.

WAE, a leader in high-performance battery technology developed originally for global motorsport and road car programmes, is becoming a leading supplier to the off-highway sector. 

It is using its expertise to support Fortescue in its transition to a global green renewables and resources company through the decarbonisation of its worldwide vehicle fleet. 

WAE is supporting Fortescue’s ambition to deliver a zero-emissions mining fleet by 2030, by supplying innovative battery power systems and solutions. This is great news for helping to clean up the mining industry on its way to a greener cleaner future. Hopefully, WAE’s showcase at Bauma 2022 will make waves in this industry. 

Additionally, WAE is working on a world-first, zero emission ‘Infinity Train’. This is  regenerating battery electric iron ore train project which will use gravitational energy to recharge its battery electric systems without any additional charging requirements for the return trip to reload.

In June 2022, Fortescue announced a partnership with Liebherr, who will be developing and supplying green mining haul trucks (using the T264). It will use  integrated zero emission power system technologies developed by Williams Advanced Engineering. 

WAE’s technology line-up at Bauma 2022 will include the following off-highway specific innovations:

Off-Highway Battery Module Featuring a scalable, modular design delivering sub-30-minute pack charge times for maximum performance, WAE’s Off-Highway Battery Module boasts laser-welded cell-to-busbar technology for in-service reliability. 

It also has a robust alloy frame which improves durability and extends life in service, as well as optimised cell packaging for maximum energy density.

Battery Management Unit Unlocking battery performance through best-in-class software architecture, WAE’s Battery Management Unit is designed for pack architectures of less than 800V. 

Its advanced state detection algorithms allow for more efficient energy usage while the unit also reduces equipment downtime by enabling maximised fast charge rates.

Cell Management Unit Enabling real-time telematics to maximise cell performance, WAE’s Cell Management Unit allows high-precision cell voltage and temperature monitoring. 

Its innovative flexi interconnects enables enhanced durability, while the system’s design also allows manufacturing complexity to be reduced for high-volume applications.

DC-DC Converter With a ruggedised design developed for deployment in off-highway vehicle applications, WAE’s DC-DC Converter is a 600kW 1.5kV – 1kV step-down converter for high power loads. 

Its Silicon Carbide (SiC) technology delivers exceptional efficiency of 98.5%, while full power operation takes place at an ambient temperature of 50 degrees Celsius.

Vehicle Control Module This powerful processing platform unlocks vehicle performance advantages, featuring a versatile vehicle system controller. Specifically designed for decarbonised powertrains it has a flexible heterogenous MPSoC processor.

Graham Belgum, general manager for Green Fleet at WAE, said: “High-performance battery and electrification systems are at the core of what we do. 

“Over the last two decades, WAE has garnered unparalleled experience in the development of cutting-edge technology which, increasingly is being applied to the off-highway sector. 

“Now that we are part of the Fortescue family, WAE is central to battery power systems and products capability, supporting the business as it transitions to a clean, green fleet. 

“Our technology has the potential to accelerate the decarbonisation of any off-highway vehicle – and we are delighted to be debuting these at Bauma 2022.”

Ian Osborne
Ian Osborne
Editor-in-Chief at ElectricDrives

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