Sandvik has launched a new, environmentally-friendly fire suppression system at this week’s Queensland Mining Expo in Mackay.
Dubbed ‘Eclipse’, the foam dispensing fire suppression system is fluorine-free and rapidly biodegrades.
Fluorine has long been a problem for fire suppression system design, as it is a toxic pollutant that until now has been a necessary ingredient in conventional fire suppressing foams, which can persist in the environment for thousands of years after discharge.
The new Eclipse fluorine-free fire suppressant foam is the first of its kind in this application in the world.
Australian Mining took an up-close look at how the Eclipse system deploys in a light vehicle, at QME 2014 last week.