Port of Hamburg Gets Green AGVs


The first Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) with lithium-ion battery propulsion has joined HHLA Container Terminal Altenwerder (CTA) at the Port of Hamburg.

The AGV, which arrived on August 1, 2018, will be important in CTA’s drive to reduce emissions and improve efficiencies as part of its initiative to research and deploy green technologies

AGVs with conventional propulsion are gradually being phased out, and the CTA plans to install 24 environmentally-friendly vehicles by early November.

CTA’s fleet of 100 AGVs, which currently run on lead batteries, will migrate to lithium-ion battery propulsion by the end of 2022.

Lithium-ion batteries can recharge in 90 minutes and are only a third of a lead battery’s weight.

Find out more about the Port of Hamburg's plans by reading a Port Technology technical paper

By using them, the CTA can greatly reduce emissions of CO and nitrogen oxide – potentially by 15,500 tons and 118 tons respectively.

CTA has been running tests on a prototype lithium-ion run AGV since late 2016.

Since 1 August 2018, lithium-ion AGVs have arrived weekly at Hamburg from Konecranes, initially to replace the CTA’s diesel-powered vehicles.

The Finnish lifting equipment company will replace CTA’s diesel-electric AGVs and, finally, the lead battery AGVs.  

Ingo Witte, CTA General Manager, commented: “With the lithium-ion AGV, we are making a contribution to preventing air pollution in Hamburg.

““Taking the relationship between energy used and actual engine output, they are three times as efficient as their diesel-driven predecessors.”

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