HHLA has put into operation two battery-equipped Konecranes Noell Straddle Carriers at its Container Terminal Tollerort (CTT) located in the Port of Hamburg.
The new machinery features lithium-ion batteries in which energy generated during breaking or when a container is being lowered can be stored and used while driving to ease the combustion engine load.
According to the manufacturer, the hybrids consume at least 15% less diesel than a comparable diesel-electric model, resulting in an annual reduction of 30-50t of CO2 emissions per straddle carrier.
The hybrids form part of HHLA's greenhouse gas axing strategy. Among many, the company wants to cut the CO2 emissions per handled container by 30% by the year 2020 vs. 2008 levels. In 2017, HHLA announced that it has already achieved a 28.9% reduction.
"With the new hybrid straddle carriers, we are cutting our energy costs and reducing emissions. This is further evidence that HHLA is a consistent supporter of cutting-edge technology and intelligent solutions. The company, the environment and the employees all benefit," Dr Thomas Koch, Managing Director, CTT, commented.Hubert Foltys, Director, Business Line Straddle Carrier, Konecranes, added, "HHLA and Konecranes are united by a long-standing partnership which has often involved pioneering work to introduce innovative container handling solutions. With the new hybrid-battery generation, Konecranes is taking the propulsion technology for straddle carriers to the next level and enabling HHLA to make further significant improvements to the economy and ecology of container handling at Tollerort."