Prototype diesel-LNG powered reachstacker set for testing later this month
Kalmar has announced that it will act as the primary external industrial partner in the development of a diesel-LNG powered reachstacker.
Under the Greencranes initiative, Kalmar will partner with Italy’s Global Service, the leader of the project, to help produce a prototype.
The prototype, expected to deliver significant results in terms of its environmental friendly operation, is expected to be ready at the end of the month when Greencranes’ staff will be invited to the Port of Livorno to assist in its testing phase. A public demonstration of the dual-fuelled reachstacker is scheduled to take place at the start of December in Livorno.
The pilot and demonstration will be based on the adaptation of a Kalmar reachstacker to a motorisation for reducing the environmental impact and the energy consumption.
Greencranes is a project involving three member states, Spain, Italy and Slovenia, which includes public administration, strategic ports, port industrial partners and innovation centres. The initiative aims to study and define methods and measures to describe port container terminals’ energy profiles, analyse different eco-efficient technologies to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions whilst increasing their productivity. It also aims to carry out pilot deployments of different potential solutions, extract relevant results from the pilot actions to be disseminated to as many port container terminals as possible and define standards that support the swift investment in these technologies across Europe.
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