Tilbury Container Services goes greener with Kalmar hybrid technology
With fuel costs increasing and growing pressure to reduce exhaust
emissions, many terminal operators are now evaluating Kalmar's new
'hybrid' straddle carrier. Tilbury Container Services (TCS), operators
of the only dedicated, modern, direct access deepsea terminal within the
Port of London, is one such company and as part of an order for six
Kalmar 7th generation ESC W straddle carriers, it has specified that one
of the machines be fitted with Kalmar's new Pro Future(tm) hybrid
technology package. The other five are capable of being upgraded at a
Cargotec's Kalmar business area launched the world's first straddle
carrier equipped with a hybrid drive system in June this year. The
hybrid technology package is a modular option that can be fitted to the
latest ESC W straddle carriers and results in genuine fuel savings of up
to 25 or 30 per cent. By delivering more moves with less fuel, Kalmar
estimates that this new technology can eliminate more than 50 tonnes of
CO2 emissions per straddle carrier per year.
As stated earlier, the hybrid machine is part of an order for six
straddle carriers due to be delivered to TCS by the end of March 2009.
The remaining five Kalmar ESC W straddle carriers are capable of being
upgraded to hybrids in the future. As part of the order, a Kalmar
engineer will provide on-site support for 12 months.
Kalmar's Pro Future(tm) hybrid technology package allows hoist motors to
be used as generators when lowering containers. The energy produced can
be stored until it's needed. Similarly, when machines are braking or
decelerating, energy can be drawn from the electric drive system and
stored. The machine's supercapacitor energy storage system uses the
saved energy before making further demands on the diesel engine for
movement or lifting, thereby drastically reducing fuel consumption and
emissions. An in-cab display shows the machine's energy flow, thus the
driving style can be further fine-tuned to make the most efficient use
of the straddle carrier.
Ilkka Annala, Vice President, Straddle Carriers, Kalmar Industries said:
"Reducing fuel consumption in this way is both good for the environment
and good for the bottom line. This exciting new order shows that both
Kalmar and TCS are committed to the advancement of eco-friendly
container handling technology."
Even without the hybrid technology package, the Kalmar ESC W straddle
carrier is a highly fuel-efficient machine, explained Mr Annala:
"All six of the new TCS straddle carriers incorporate a VSG (Variable
Speed Generator) diesel-generator package with temperature-controlled
fan technology. The VSG system monitors engine use, determining whether
high or low engine power is needed. By automatically matching power
output to demand, fuel consumption is reduced with a resultant lowering
of exhaust emissions."
Owned by Forth Ports plc, the Port of Tilbury is located on the River
Thames, less than 30 miles from the centre of London and is growing
Tilbury Container Services, which is owned jointly by Forth Ports, DP
World and Associated British Ports (ABP), is committed to addressing
environmental issues and especially to reducing emissions. The company
currently operates a fleet of 39 modern electric and diesel straddle
carriers, which will be expanded with this latest equipment from Kalmar.
The terminal's current annual capacity is circa 720 000 TEU rising to
900 000 TEU over the next two years.
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"Tilbury Container Services has ordered six Kalmar 7th generation ESC W
straddle carriers and has specified that one of them should be equipped
with Kalmar's new Pro Future(tm) hybrid technology package, as fitted on
the machine shown here. The other five are capable of being upgraded at
a later date."
Kalmar is a global provider of container and heavy duty materials
handling equipment, automation applications and related services. It is
the world's leading supplier of cargo handling equipment to ports,
terminals and intermodal facilities.
Every fourth container or trailer transfer at terminals around the world
is handled by a Kalmar machine. The company also supplies a wide range
of machines to demanding industrial customers for applications as
diverse as handling steel and paper to shunting road trailers at
Kalmar is also leading the way in port automation applications with its
application of unmanned container handling technology, on-board smart
features and remote maintenance products developed in cooperation with
customers and partners.
Kalmar's product range is complemented by a large range of value added
services such as maintenance contracts and fleet management. Production
plants are situated in Sweden, Finland, the Netherlands, Malaysia, China
and the USA. Kalmar's net sales were EUR 1.343 billion in 2007.
Kalmar is part of Cargotec Corporation, the world's leading provider of
cargo handling solutions, which are used in local transportation,
terminals, ports, distribution centres, and ships. Cargotec's sales
exceed EUR 3 billion and the company employs approximately 12,000
people. Cargotec's class B shares are quoted on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki.
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