Epiroc pushes towards electric future with new appointment

Epiroc's Senior Principal Engineer, Dr. Ritwik Majumder, is set to take up an additional role as an Adjunct Associate Professor at Chalmers University of Technology. The collaboration between Epiroc and Chalmers will play an important role in Epiroc's transition to an electric future.
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By Guy Woodford
Epiroc's Senior Principal Engineer, Dr. Ritwik Majumder. Pic: Epiroc

"This collaboration will enable us to make better fact-based decisions. It will help ensure that what we develop today and subsequently put on the market tomorrow will provide our customers with the best possible total system solution", says Per Roos, Vice President of Innovation & Technology at Epiroc. 


Dr. Ritwik Majumder's expertise is within the field of Microgrids*. As an Adjunct Associate Professor within the Department of Energy and Environment at Chalmers, Dr. Majumder will identify future challenges, create new ideas and develop appropriate solutions.


"I will look into the complete electric infrastructure – and how we can improve and implement electrification around the whole mine in an efficient way," says Dr. Majumder. 


Dr. Majumder will work as a bridge between the industry and academia, and his engagement will provide Chalmers with expertise in microgrids in mining and construction applications. 


As an electric machine is dependent on the whole network, it's important to not only develop and offer the future products, but also ensure that the whole infrastructure is working. Epiroc is therefore looking at the whole electrical chain. 


"Through Dr. Majumder and his position as Adjunct Associate Professor, we have the right expertise to continue developing solutions. His expertise in the area is well-known, and he is considered to be one of our most excellent researchers in the fields of power systems, microgrids, control and operation. Together with Chalmers, we can accelerate the green transition," says Anders Persson, Global Technology & Methods Manager at Epiroc. 


Dr Ritwik Majumder is currently working as Senior Principal Engineer on Microgrids in the Epiroc Innovation and Technology Centre in Bengaluru, India. In his position, he bridges the Epiroc electric rig development at Surface division and the Epiroc electric infrastructure solutions. The Innovation and Technology Centre is transforming as part of an Epiroc strategy to meet the future demands within this important area.


"Within Epiroc, we encourage employees to push boundaries. I see great potential in this collaboration, and hope that we can create opportunities for future recruitments based on our engagement at Chalmers," says Per Roos. 


Epiroc has ambitious sustainability goals for 2030, including halving the CO2 emissions from operations and sold products**. The aim is to offer a full range of emission-free underground equipment by 2025 and surface equipment by 2030. 


* A microgrid is a group of interconnected loads and distributed energy resources that act as a single controllable entity with a controller.

 ** Compared to machines sold in 2019.

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