VOLVO EC230 ELECTRIC PROVIDES SUSTAINABLE POWER ON GREEN CONSTRUCTION SITE OF THE FUTURE IN DENMARK
The largest electric excavator from Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) – the EC230 Electric – has made its debut in Denmark after proving itself successful across multiple applications.
The 23-ton EC230 Electric from Volvo CE – the largest excavator in its industry-leading electric range – has been used for the very first time in Denmark, on an exciting initiative to explore what the construction site of the future may look like. The machine, one of the industry’s few larger electric excavators, has already proved successful in a variety of applications in other regions.
Lars Overgaard Senior Project Manager at Green Construction Site of The Future and Danish Technological Institute, said: “There is insufficient documentation on the actual effect of different sustainable solutions. In this project, we document the effect specific initiatives have on reducing environmental impact- in particular reduction in noise, CO2, and other emissions, including different options for green energy supply. Electrification of non-road vehicles has great potential, but there are also obstacles. Ultimately, we convert data to insights and thereby assist the construction industry in accelerating the green transition.”
Aarhus is Denmark’s second largest city and one of its fastest growing, and like Volvo CE, it has ambitions to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040. it was at Mindet, near the Port of Aarhus, where construction on what will be the country’s tallest office building and new public urban spaces is taking place.
But this is no ordinary construction site. instead, Volvo CE is working with partners including the Danish Technology Institute and civil engineering and construction firm, Per Aarsleff A/S in a pioneering initiative to test out sustainable construction solutions in a real-life environment. Insights gained through the initiative are helping build knowledge and a better understanding of how these solutions can be implemented at scale in the future. For the benefit of the entire construction industry.
Real-time air quality and noise monitoring were carried out to provide invaluable insights into the benefits of introducing electric, hybrid and biofuel (HVO) construction machines over conventional equipment.
Putting its 23-ton might to good use, the Volvo EC230 Electric was deployed on site in early December excavating the center of the construction site ready for building. A new machine from Volvo CE and one of only a few mid-size electric machines commercially available, the EC230 Electric is currently offered in selected markets. Both slow overnight charging and fast charging during breaks was deployed at the building site. In this way the charging pattern and load on grid was monitored in real time, providing valuable data for further investigation on how to ex. secure enough power for further electrification.