Volvo CE announces carbon emissions reduced by 98% at ‘electric site’

Published 27/12, 2018 at 10:36

Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) and its customer Skanska have been testing the viability of the ‘electric site’ research project over the last 10 weeks at Skanska’s Vikan Kross quarry, near Gothenburg, Sweden.

The results reported are even better than expected, with tests showing a 98% reduction in carbon emissions, a 70% reduction in energy costs and a 40% reduction in operator costs. All of these developments are aimed at helping Volvo CE achieve its future vision of work sites being ten times more efficient, with zero accidents, zero unplanned stops and zero emissions. When taken together, the results support the potential for a 25% reduction in total cost of operations. However, at this stage, the reduction in total cost of operations is just a prediction, as the prototype machines involved are not commercially available, making it impossible to give a guaranteed figure.

“Over the last ten weeks, we’ve made incredible progress, learnt a lot, and seen huge potential in the ‘electric site’ solution’s environmental, efficiency, safety and cost benefits,” says Uwe Müller, chief project manager for the electric site at Volvo CE. “In fact, we have decided that we want to learn more, so we will extend our test period with Skanska until the end of the year. The results we have seen so far confirm that this research project is a step towards transforming the quarry and aggregates industry and creating emission free quarries.”

The ‘electric site’ project aims to electrify each transport stage in a quarry ranging from excavation to primary crushing, from transport to secondary crushing. It incorporates electric and autonomous prototype Volvo CE machines, new work methods, and site management systems, which together form a complete site solution. New technology encompasses machine and fleet control systems and logistic solutions for electric machines in quarries. “With climate change reshaping our industry, we need to find new, sustainable solutions and build partnerships with organisations that have different competencies,” says Anders Danielsson, president and CEO of Skanska. “Our ambition is that this collaboration with Volvo CE will help us and our customers to reduce our carbon footprint. The power of partnership will make it happen.”

 “At Volvo CE, we believe in a sustainable future, and we are doing our best to build the world we want to live in,” concludes Melker Jernberg, president of Volvo CE. “The ‘electric site’ is one example of how we are trying to achieve this. With this research project we are combining intelligent machines, automation and electro mobility to challenge traditional ways of working in the quarrying industry and explore new alternatives.”

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