Performing work in remote areas disconnected from traditional sources of energy can present significant challenges. Especially to keep construction equipment fueled up, whether it runs on liquid fuel or electricity. To address this concern Volvo CE and Rolls-Royce develop off-grid wood-powered EV chargers. It is stored in a battery storage module and can power a 450-kW charging station. This is a great news for off-grid living too.
Volvo CE, Rolls-Royce, and Air Burners have come together to create the extraordinary BioCharger. This innovation utilizes the power of air curtain technology to effectively burn wood and waste within a closed-loop system. The heat generated is then transformed into electric energy. This energy is conveniently stored in a state-of-the-art Battery Storage Module (BSM). This electricity is then used to charge electric vehicles in a 450-kWh charging station.
This stored energy can be utilized to effortlessly charge battery-electric vehicles, construction equipment, and even portable power tools. This will enable a smooth workflow all while enhancing productivity on the site. Construction businesses are responsible for removing trees, creating new paths, building the essential infrastructure and expanding the energy grid. They often face a situation where there’s no available power source to charge your electric equipment.
Brian O’Connor, president of Air Burners, “While electric machinery becomes increasingly popular in the fight against climate change, when it comes to forest management, we must have practical solutions for charging electric machinery away from traditional power sources. The Air Burners BioCharger provides that solution in an economical and environmentally conscious way.”
Sustainably Alternative to Open Burns
Air Burners supports its statement by highlighting that million tons of wood waste are collected every year in the United States alone. However, over 50% of this waste is either burned openly or left to decompose, resulting in the release of harmful particulate matter and greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. On the other hand, Air Burners asserts that its closed-loop system effectively minimizes the emission of these pollutants, presenting a much more sustainable and eco-friendlier alternative to open burns.
Sales director at Rolls-Royce Solutions America, Kevin McKinney, said, “The BioCharger is a unique application for our MTU EnergyPack battery energy storage system that I think shows just how versatile energy storage can be. The BioCharger’s ability to reduce emissions and generate energy through responsible handling of vegetative waste perfectly aligns with our targets to support our customers with innovative solutions for the transition to clean power generation.”
Volvo CE and Rolls-Royce develop off-grid wood-powered EV chargers, the BioCharger. It is being tested with a prototype of the Volvo EC230 Crawler Electric Excavator. The excavator will be launched commercially later in 2024.