Hitachi hybrid excavators an efficient solution

Published 22/4, 2016 at 12:08

DEME Environmental Contractors has purchased a fleet of Hitachi hybrid excavators for its soil and sediment recycling centres in Belgium. Two of the ZH210LC-5s are based on the banks of the River Scheldt at Zwijndrecht, near Antwerp, with a third machine drafted in when demand is high. The Hitachi hybrid excavators are used in the recycling process at the site, which recycles 80,000t/y of sludge.

“The order for the five Hitachi hybrid excavators fits within the measures that DEME is taking to achieve its intended improvement in efficiency,” said DEC general manager Dirk Ponnet. “We will always prioritise sustainable techniques and solutions. The use of energy-efficient equipment is therefore entirely in line with our business philosophy.”

The ZH210LC-5 incorporates advanced technologies adopted from hydraulic, electric and battery-powered excavators. The result is the Trias HX system, which reduces fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by up to 31%.

DEC has been a long-term user of Hitachi construction machinery and 20t excavators in particular. “Our other Zaxis excavators have always been extremely reliable,” said Ponnet. “Hitachi offers a high standard of quality and value for money in this class. The ZH210LC-5 is an excellent size and weight for our needs and it is also the most popular model in our fleet.

“Our biggest challenge is to be cost-effective in a sustainable way. In the long term, we believe we can find the right balance between these two goals and that this approach will count. The new Hitachi hybrid excavators are proving to be beneficial. After only one month, they are already 30% more fuel efficient than our previous models.”

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