Posted on September 20, 2023
Meeting the growing traffic demands in an eco-friendly way is one of the major tasks for ports across the globe. Port Houston in Texas is responding to that challenge by going hybrid. The port has recently ordered five Konecranes hybrid RTGs for its Barbours Cut Container Terminal.
As part of its long-term improvement program, the port of Houston is investing in the development of channels and land infrastructure. Currently, the port has 116 Konecranes RTGs, including 26 hybrid models. By early 2025, the fleet will grow to 57 hybrid RTGs, thanks to this order and an earlier one placed in October of last year.
“Konecranes RTGs are very popular in North America and it’s good to see the hybrid version populating the RTG fleet of Port Houston, which is always forward-looking, especially when it comes to eco-efficiency,” said Jussi Suhonen, VP Regional Sales, Port Solutions, Konecranes.
The new Konecranes RTGs employ advanced Li-ion battery technology and a battery management system that allows for monitoring of both battery charge level and overall health. Konecranes can remotely monitor the system’s status through TRUCONNECT remote connection. The hybrid power system is modular and can be easily upgraded. Moreover, the system features an eco-efficient Tier 4f diesel engine that charges the batteries as needed.
This repeat order is part of Ecolifting, Konecranes’ continuous work to decrease the carbon footprint of its customers. From eco-optimizing diesel drives to hybridization and fully electric fleets, we will continue to do more with less.