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At Vale, innovation is one of the main pillars for achieving our purpose.

Our production is increasingly automated, reducing people's exposure to risk and increasing the agility and productivity of our operations. 

How we are building the future 

Our production is automated

We have sought to involve fewer people in risky activities. The operation gains agility and productivity grows. Major decisions are supported by artificial intelligence systems. 
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We use technology to redesign our ways of working. We eliminate risk scenarios to become a benchmark in safety and risk management. 

We have a complete view of the value chain and we are integrated with our customers to create differentiated products and services. 

Teams collaborate remotely, creating a more accessible environment and attracting a more diverse workforce. 

We seek to transform people and digitize processes through new ways of working, promoting agility, collaboration and integration. 

Renewable energies drive our business, we will develop and use new mining and processing technologies to promote sustainable development, reducing carbon emissions, promoting reforestation and accelerating socio-environmental technologies.  

We innovate in a collaborative and shared way, contributing to the sustainable development of our businesses and communities, generating a positive impact on society. 

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Powershift

In search of clean sources, technology also helps in the energy issue. 

Ecoshipping

It seeks to reduce our gap in relation to GHG emission targets. 

Artificial Intelligence 

Center monitors initiatives that help from safety to sustainability. 

In favor of safety 

Use of robots and drones avoids exposing employees to risks in operations. 

Autonomous

Autonomous trucks, drills and yards are controlled by computerized systems, GPS and other technologies. 

Vale Fund 

Social and environmental impact businesses promote a fairer and more inclusive economy. 

Co-products 

Factory transforms tailings into products for civil construction. 

New products 

Development of new products, such as briquettes, sustainable sand and green cement.

Technologies for mining 

Focus on business development brings benefits to mining. 

Genome Project 

Vale Institute of Technology conducts COVID genome sequencing study. 

Snolab

The deepest and cleanest laboratory in the world, located at the Creighton mine in Canada. 
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Safety Transformation Program 

With global governance, it allows us to maximize the impact of actions on health and safety, using technology and innovation. The Program works primarily on the fronts of hazard identification and risk analysis (using data and AI for risk detection and prioritization of actions), Requirements for Performance in Critical Activities, and Occupational Exposure Limit - Accelerate the adoption of remote operation to remove / reduce the risk to people. 

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Innovation Hubs 

The Hubs are like a Vale innovation university developing the skills of the future in business. They can also be understood as: a lever of cultural transformation, through hands-on contact of employees with innovation initiatives and channels for transformation in operations, through which strategic initiatives can be implemented. 

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Technology

Discover some of our projects, investments and partnerships and see how Vale is using innovation to develop new technologies, accelerate problem solving and create business opportunities for innovative startups. 

Open Innovation 

We believe that talent is beyond our walls and that collaboration can help us build new possibilities.

This accelerate the resolution of great challenges, generating shared value and driving powerful transformations. Therefore, we seek to encourage open innovation, a new way of learning together.
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How we put the topic into practice

Lives, co-labs, benchmarks, support in innovation events, participation in associations, hubs, federations and innovation entities. 
Mentoring, ideation programs, prototyping, acceleration with ecosystem partners, access to plants and operations, proof of concept and contracting. 
Support for investment rounds. 
Technological development, research, licensing, partnerships with companies, universities, research institutes, private and public educational institutions. 

Check out the opportunities to collaborate and co-create with us: 

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Charge on

BHP, Rio Tinto and Vale team up to launch mining's biggest challenge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in operations around the world.

Mine 2.0 Program

After almost 6,000 applications, Vale starts the MINE Program in search of safer, more efficient and sustainable mining. 

Connect Challenge

We will activate the open innovation ecosystem to bring connectivity infrastructure solutions to trains and stations.

Vale's Call for Bid

The culture public notice receives applications for projects in different cultural manifestations.
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Our awards 

See the Awards received by Vale in the Innovation area: 

Innovation Value Award 2021

Innovation Value Award 2020

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Charging the mining industry into an electric future

Mining giants BHP, Rio Tinto and Vale are establishing a Mining Taskforce within CharIN, supported by the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM)

 
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Vale is the first mining company to test 100% electric 72-ton trucks

Vehicles present one more step in the electrification of the company's assets, which has the goal of zero net carbon emissions by 2050

 
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Vale advances a pioneering project to adopt low-carbon fuels in shipping

A pioneering project developed by the company resulting in a design to incorporate multi-fuel tanks on iron ore carriers has received an Approval in Principle (AIP) from the leading Classification Society DNV.

 
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Vale announces 'green briquette' capable of reducing CO2 emissions of steelmaking clients by up to 10%

The product also reduces emissions of particulates and gases such as sulphur dioxide (SOX) and nitrogen oxide (NOX), as well as eliminates the use of water in its production.

 
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Vale will start tests to implement autonomous operation in off-road trucks in Carajás

In November, Vale will begin the testing phase for the implementation of two autonomous off-road trucks at the Carajás mine.

 
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