Globally, the trend towards more sustainable operations has been going on for ages. At Metso Outotec, we have been manufacturing diesel-electrical crushing and screening machines since 1985, but the recent years have truly put a lot of speed on the product development. With the developments in sensor, automation and battery technologies, the diesel-electrical machinery has definitely matured. Also, more manufacturers have jumped the bandwagon and introduced their more or less hybrid models.
Many reasons to change
Behind megatrends there are always individuals with their own reasons. The motivation can be cutting the operating costs, particularly with more and more countries prohibiting the use of inexpensive Red Diesel, or the willingness to comply with stricter regulations. One Finnish customer recently said to me: “When can we have this equipment as an e-Power model for the sake of easier maintenance?” Reasoning in each customer or business case may vary, but the outcome seems to be always the same – think hybrid.