Konecranes has announced its first hybrid RTGs with a Lithium-ion battery will be delivered to the Port of Houston in 2020.
Houston is a long standing RTG customer for Konecranes, purchasing its first RTG back in 2003, and adding ten more Konecranes machines to its fleet, which now numbers over 90 RTGs, this year. The Port of Houston has now placed a new order for eight more Konecranes RTGs equipped with hybrid power packs. “These will be the first Konecranes hybrid RTGs to be delivered”, Konecranes said. “The cranes will be delivered in Q1 2020 to the Barbours Cut Terminal. The order will be booked in Q4 2018”.
“The new RTGs will be hybrid, for eco-efficient operation without compromising crane performance. The hybrid system will have a Lithium-ion battery pack and advanced battery management system that will monitor the charge level and the general health of the batteries. Konecranes can monitor the status of this system via TRUCONNECT remote connection. The hybrid system, fully modular and retrofittable, comes with an eco-efficient Tier 4f engine that will charge the batteries when necessary,” added Konecranes.
“These RTGs will help Port Houston to reach its long-term eco-efficiency goals,” said Jussi Suhonen, Sales Director Americas, Konecranes Port Solutions. “Konecranes is constantly pushing the limits of battery technology and electrification to make our container handling equipment more eco-efficient without compromising crane performance in any way,” he continued. “I’m very pleased that Port Houston has the confidence in our technology to select these advanced RTGs.”