Today CMB.TECH and Luyckx present the first hydrogen-powered dual fuel excavator. This machine provides gradual ecological development within the heavy construction and earthmoving sector. With this machine, companies within the sector can embark on energy transition with today's machines without being permanently dependent on the availability of hydrogen.
"Driven by the wishes of our end users and fleet owners, we launched an own initiative feasibility study with regard to possible alternative solutions that help to reduce CO₂ emissions, make the machine park more sustainable and do business in a socially responsible way. We have been looking for the right solutions for several years. The challenge was mainly in the area of energy requirements for heavy machinery. Given this vision, the collaboration with CMB.TECH was started in order to convert a 37 ton excavator (Hitachi ZX350LC-7) to a dual fuel engine (hydrogen/diesel), thus taking a first concrete step towards greening the sector," says Jos Luyckx - CEO Luyckx.
It is the first solution within the entire heavy excavator sector that allows concrete greening without limiting the machine's power or autonomy. Traditional fuel remains available and the machine can continue to operate if the supply of hydrogen is not possible. In other words, the machine can be purchased and put into service today, even if the hydrogen issue for the customer or site has not yet been fully worked out. With these first generation dual fuel machines, CO₂ emissions can be reduced by up to 50%.
"The additional cost of the machines in the sector is very limited in purchase price and the kgs of hydrogen used lead to a 1 to 1 CO₂ reduction.As of today, we offer the applications to enable up to 8 tonnes of CO₂ reduction per site per day, anywhere in the Benelux, without operational restrictions and at the lowest possible cost," explains Roy Campe - CTO CMB.TECH.
Besides the excavator, CMB.TECH today also presents its new mobile hydrogen refuelling station. It can deliver up to 600 kg of green hydrogen at 350 bar to the consumer. This works for excavators, but also for other applications such as trucks, port equipment, ships and gensets. The mobile refuelling station is the answer to hydrogen supply in maritime and industrial applications.
Since 1952 Luyckx has been renowned as a specialist in the distribution and service of machines for civil engineering, material handling and agriculture. Luyckx distributes high-quality and reliable machines and is a major player in the development of special applications within its sector.
As well as being a high-performance and innovative company with branches in Belgium and the United Arab Emirates, Luyckx is also a family business at heart. The company's values and standards are passed down through the generations. This results in solid long-term relationships, so that customers can focus on their core business.
About CMB and CMB.TECH
CMB (Compagnie Maritime Belge) is a diversified shipping and logistics group based in Antwerp, Belgium. CMB owns and operates 139 seagoing vessels in dry bulk (Bocimar), container transport (Delphis), chemical tankers (Bochem) & crew transfer vessels (Windcat). CMB is also active in cleantech (CMB.TECH) and real estate (Reslea, Maritime Campus Antwerp). CMB has offices in Tokyo, Singapore, Hong Kong, Germany (Hamburg) , UK (Lowestoft and Brentwood) and The Netherlands (Amsterdam).
CMB.TECH is CMB's cleantech division. The company is an active developer and integrator of hydrogen solutions with a focus on engineering, hydrogen production, industrial and maritime applications.
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