Konecranes has launched new large battery-driven container handling machines in a bid to introduce sustainable solutions for port operations.
The new units include the Battery RTG, the Battery Noell Straddle Carrier, and the all-electric Gottwald Generation 6 Mobile Harbor Cranes – an evolution in its Ecolifting offer, the company said.
The RTGs with battery power will be offered in addition to the cable reel and busbar electric power options. The new model can be operated both manually and automatically as well as enabling zero local CO2 emissions.
The other machine in the series, the Battery Noell Straddle Carrier, operates a similar Li-ion battery technology used in the Konecranes Gottwald AGVs – one of the first battery-driven solutions introduced by the company 15 years ago.
In June of last year, Konecranes launched the Gottwald Generation 6 Mobile Harbor Cranes (MHCs). This includes the all-electric drive, combining an external power supply with an innovative battery drive.
The machine is already in use at the Port of Skellefteå in Sweden, and Konecranes has announced that two all-electric Gottwald ESP.9 MHCs will enter operation at the Port of San Diego, US in spring 2023.
The crane will upgrade the port’s bulk handling operations by increasing efficiency while reducing local exhaust emissions.