11/01/2013 - 15:10 pm

Konecranes unveils ‘world’s first hybrid reach stacker’


Konecranes has launched a new container handling lift truck which it called the ‘world’s first hybrid reach stacker,’ with a lifting capacity of 45t. The reach stacker will continue to be field-tested at the Port of Helsingborg’s container terminal in Sweden.

The SMV 4531 TB5 HLT features a hybrid diesel/electric driveline, an electrified hydraulic lifting system, and a super capacitor-based energy storage.

This innovative lift truck will cut fuel consumption and emissions while offering improved performance in terms of acceleration and lifting response to driver commands, according to the manufacturer.

It pointed to substantial cost and environmental benefits. Estimated fuel consumption will be around 10 litres/hour during normal handling of fully loaded containers, significantly less than with conventional reach stackers. This is achieved by electrifying all flows of energy across the driveline, the hydraulic lifting system and the energy storage system. 

“Propulsion and lifting are powered by dedicated electric motors that can all operate in regenerative mode,” said Anders Nilsson, technical director, Konecranes Lift Trucks. “The energy generated from braking and load lowering is recovered and stored for later re-use. This means a reduction in diesel fuel consumption and environmental impact. Meanwhile, productivity is increased in terms of quicker response and higher acceleration,” he added.

“Konecranes has become one of our business partners,” said Mats Fernebrand, service and maintenance manager, Port of Helsingborg. “We cooperate very closely. This involves continuous development of features on existing lift trucks, and we give input for the development of new models such as the new hybrid reach stacker.”

Over 350,000 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent units) pass through the Port of Helsingborg every year. While cargo and passenger transport are important parts of its business, the port prides itself on being a container specialist.

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