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Danfoss to build £25m electric construction equipment factory

by Sion Geschwindt
Danfoss to build £25m electric construction equipment factory

Danfoss Power Solutions has announced plans to construct a £25m global technology centre and manufacturing site in the UK for electric construction equipment following a grant from the UK government.

The £407,112 grant is intended to accelerate the electrification of construction machinery to challenge diesel systems on cost using the Danfoss Digital Displacement technology to significantly improve machine efficiency.

This can reduce energy consumption by as much as 50%, reducing the size of batteries needed to power the machines and the amount of energy needed to charge them.

Danfoss is already constructing a manufacturing and R&D facility in Edinburgh to commercialise its Digital Displacement technology and Editron electric drivetrains. The ‘Decarbonisation Hub’ will open next year.

Leif Bruhn, head of Digital Displacement, Danfoss Power Solutions, said: “Our new UK facility will be an important hub for Danfoss decarbonisation programs. This grant from the UK government recognises the potential of our efforts and will help us realise our plans.

“These funds will be used to accelerate the work we’re doing to develop next-generation, climate-friendly technologies in hydraulics, digitalisation, and electrification.”

Danfoss research has shown that as much as 70% of an excavator’s energy is wasted in the hydraulic system between the engine and the working functions. Significantly reducing this energy loss enables future machines to use much smaller, and therefore cheaper, batteries.

Niall Caldwell, senior director of R&D, Digital Displacement, Danfoss Power Solutions, explained: “The International Energy Agency says that 44% of the Paris climate commitments can come from energy efficiency improvements, and Danfoss is taking on this challenge in the area of construction machinery.

“The majority of large machines still use diesel engines, and we calculate that, worldwide, construction machinery emits around 400 megatons of carbon dioxide annually.

“Electrifying construction equipment is not straightforward. For a large excavator, the daily power consumption is so high, the batteries required are the equivalent to as many as 10 typical electric car batteries, which could cost as much as the machine itself. The key, we believe, is efficiency.

“Our goal is to make electric off-highway machines cheaper to own and run than diesel equivalents. This programme will allow us to prove that combining better efficiency alongside electrification is the most effective way to bring down cost, improve performance, and hasten the adoption of electric off-highway machines worldwide, which is what we all want to achieve.”

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