At CONEXPO-CON/AGG, Caterpillar is showcasing the most cutting-edge technologies available in the industry. From fully electric products to hybrid technology to diesel-electric systems, our goal is to match the right solution to your application. Whether you’re looking to generate fewer emissions, burn less fuel or increase power density, we’re here to provide the power that meets your needs — without sacrificing the levels of quality, reliability and durability your work demands. Explore electrification at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020.
At Caterpillar, we define electrification as “making a machine, product or system operate using electricity when it did not before.” Electrification, along with high-efficiency energy conversion, is one of five key pillars in our technology strategy. Electrified equipment, in the right application, can benefit customers in each of our major industry segments through fuel savings, increased environmental sustainability, greater durability and higher productivity. Since the customer value proposition is quite diverse, so is our range of solutions.
For some customers, generating zero emissions is the goal; for others, it’s burning less fuel or increasing power density. Customers won’t sacrifice quality, reliability or durability to achieve these objectives. That’s why our electrification strategy begins and ends with customer needs — and why we’re pursuing not a single solution, but a versatile approach that lets us match the right product to the application. That includes:
FULLY ELECTRIC PRODUCTS. Featuring single or multiple non-engine electric power sources, these products are best suited for environments where eliminating emissions is key — underground, indoors, urban areas and some agricultural segments. Many of our electric rope shovels, draglines and oil and gas compression products have long been fully electric. In 2017, we created a proof-of-concept R1300 underground loader with a battery-electric power train, which is now driving the development of our next generation battery-powered R1700 LHD.
DIESEL-ELECTRIC PRODUCTS. Connecting an engine to an electric generator, AC drive motor or other source of electric power, these products are ideal for operations where using less fuel is a priority. Our D7E dozer, which first went to work in 2009, features a diesel-electric power train that delivers up to 30% better fuel efficiency — saving customers millions of liters of fuel over the last decade. Other examples of diesel-electric products in our portfolio include the 794 AC and 795F AC electric drive trucks and Electro-Motive locomotives.
HYBRID PRODUCTS. Working alongside an engine, numerous other power sources — batteries, tethered or cable-powered electric systems, hydraulic accumulators, high-speed flywheels — can reduce emissions and improve efficiency. Our marine hybrid propulsion system delivers full diesel-mechanical power in work mode, then switches to more efficient diesel-electric operation for less-demanding applications. Our hybrid energy solutions provide renewable electric power to stationary locations in remote areas via a combination of generator sets, solar and energy storage building blocks.
As they look for more reductions in CO2 emissions, many of our customers in Europe are seeking out electrification solutions. That’s why we offer a number of our newest electrified products.
Though every industry we serve is unique, our customers share many goals — among them working more productively, efficiently and cost-effectively. To help them adapt to electrification more quickly, at a lower cost and with less risk, we’ll be applying tried-and-true concepts across industries, applications and products large and small. At the same time, we’ll also continue to seek the breakthrough innovations Caterpillar is known for, putting both bright minds and research and development dollars to work to make sure our customers have the tools to succeed in a partially or fully electric future.
During CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020, connect with one of our technology experts to discuss how electrification could help your business reach its goals.
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