Lokotrack® e-Power for sustainable crushing & screening

With challenging operational conditions driving change for aggregate producers, there is a considerable rise in popularity of hybrid mobile crushing and screening solutions worldwide – the demand goes further than Central Europe or the Nordics
July 1, 2021


Global challenges

The world is changing rapidly – from the highly increasing urbanization to a lack of natural resources, leading to manifestation of circular economy. The global issues bring daily challenges for quarries and crushing contractors. The projects get smaller and the environment – more demanding, thus there comes a need for a reliable, robust, easy to use and relocate equipment that could also optimize operational costs and help overcome the challenges.

Reducing the environmental burden

The global issues lead to the solutions contributing to the more sustainable future. To meet the industry’s growing need for sustainability and energy efficiency, Metso Outotec has committed to limiting global warming to 1.5 °C with a sustainability program Planet Positive.

Also, today there are over 100 sustainable solutions in the company’s portfolio. Metso Outotec has introduced several enhancements for its Lokotrack® offering, and together, these actions in Lokotrack design have an impact of 20 000 tonnes of carbon-dioxide (CO2) emissions reduction annually, equivalent to the amount of CO2 produced by 7,000 diesel cars per year.

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As aggregate producers continue to seek ways to run sustainable crushing and screening operations, hybrid crushing and screening solutions are playing a more significant role. With their ability to have both electricity and diesel as power sources, hybrids provide aggregate producers with both compliance in urban operating environments and flexibility in the middle of nowhere.

“Hybrid solutions are fitted with an electric/hydraulic drive system that can be connected to an external electricity supply once the machine has been set up on site. These machines can also be fitted with an onboard generator, allowing the operator to power the machine electrically, even where there is no grid connection. Typically, the price of electricity is lower compared to that of diesel, so there are significant savings in operating costs,” says Kimmo Anttila, who is heading the Lokotrack Solutions Product Line at Metso Outotec.

“Our logic is to have the best of both worlds, with electric units catering for urban environments with access to the grid, and at the same time we have modern, low-emission diesel units providing the autonomy to operate in remote locations,” he adds.

Metso Outotec is a pioneer in hybrid crushing and screening equipment, with first Lokotrack e-models delivered across global markets since 1987. The company offers a comprehensive range of diesel-electric solutions, including jaw crushers, impact crushers, cone crushers and mobile screens of different types and sizes. These solutions are known as the Lokotrack® e-Power range.

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