Metso Outotec has launched a range of hybrid mobile crushing and screening equipment, merging a quietly capable diesel engine with clean and economical electric power.
The Lokotrack e-Power range includes 15 crushers and 6 screens, leading the market for hybrids of this product type.
Kimmo Anttila, the vice president for Lokotrack solutions at Metso Outotec, said it is fitting for Metso Outotec to develop such a complete range.
“We introduced the first Lokotrack e-models already 35 years ago, so we are one of the pioneers in this field,” Anttila said.
“During the past couple of years, the demand for hybrid solutions has really taken off as environmental regulations have become increasingly stringent in more countries. In fact, sales of the Lokotrack e-models have doubled in five years, and we expect the trend to accelerate.”
Metso Outotec’s Planet Positive initiative aims to limit global warming by 1.5C° and the Lokotrack range has contributed healthily to this.
The annual emissions of the Lokotrack range are reportedly 20,000 tonnes lower than they were in 2010.
The e-power range has been proven to save up to 40 per cent on fuel costs for the crusher range, while various machines in the range use their own blends of electric to diesel ratios.
Screens, feeders and conveyors, for instance, are hybrid, while crushers can be powered using only electricity.
Multiple fully electric machines can be powered using the one generator or simply from the power grid.
Anttila said there are multiple benefits to electric vehicles in the quarrying industry, and that lower fuel costs are just the beginning.
“We give consideration to the total fuel consumption, including the engine and driveline technologies, but also to other factors, such as the unit transportation weight and the engine stand-by function,” Anttila said.
“Additionally, we have reduced the hydraulic oil and lubricant volumes by more than half to further ease the environmental burden. Based on our data, a Lokotrack unit uses as much as 80 per cent less oils compared to our previous models and compared to many other brands on the market.”
Anttila stressed a hybrid option is the best in consideration of today’s infrastructure capabilities, especially in remote areas.
“A diesel and hybrid offering complete each other; in remote locations where a power grid is not available, a diesel driveline is still the only viable solution,” he explained. “We are investing heavily in development of sustainable technologies. Lokotrack is robust, energy-efficient, and highly mobile – and it meets the versatile needs of customers today and tomorrow.”
In Australia, Metso Outotec Lokotrack plant and equipment is available through Tutt Bryant Equipment.