Dr Armin Wieschemann of Terex explains below how drive train selection can be a complicated process for terminal managers, and that battery-electric drive trains offer better economics than diesel-engines, however prices are constantly fluctuating making it hard to time a move into the market. This paper has created much discussion in the industry and has been very well-regarded by several top names. Discover why this paper has reached such popularity by downloading below.
Many ports and terminals are looking for opportunities to reduce the impact of their operations on the environment and to simultaneously lower their costs. Increasing demands from authorities and society generally, and the growing uncertainties over energy sources and their costs, has resulted in the search for alternative drives, not only for cranes, but also for mobile equipment used for stacking and container transportation at terminals. During the last decade, the industry has presented considerable improvements in drive trains for mobile equipment operating in container terminals.
For stacking operations there is a tendency to shift towards electric supplied, rail-mounted stacking cranes; also, rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTG), so far with diesel-electric drives, are increasingly connected to the public electricity grid through bus bar systems or cable reels with flexible cables. For rubber-tyred equipment operating in a terminal without tracks (terminal tractors, automated guided vehicles (AGVs), straddle carriers (SCs), reach st…
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