Konecranes puts the battery in RTGs, Straddle Carriers and Mobile Harbor Cranes with Ecolifting

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A “battery megatrend” has been gathering force for years on a global scale, first in electronic devices with the maturing of Li-ion battery technology and then in large devices such as automobiles. It’s part of a huge global effort to increase sustainability and reduce CO2 emissions. Konecranes is doing its part in the container handling industry, taking the lead as a container handling equipment and service supplier. We now offer large container handling machines that are battery-driven: the Konecranes Battery RTG, the Battery Konecranes Noell Straddle Carrier, and all-electric Konecranes Gottwald Generation 6 Mobile Harbor Cranes. This is the next step in the evolution of Ecolifting, only from Konecranes.

Konecranes Ecolifting   

We now offer the Konecranes RTG with battery power in addition to the cable reel and busbar electric power options. The Konecranes Battery RTG can be thought of as part of a system when it is operated with a charging station. This will always be the case when the Konecranes Battery RTG is automated. It can also be operated manually, with manual plug-in for charging. This is an easy-entry battery solution for e.g. intermodal terminals.

This brings new flexibility and “no strings” electric operation to RTG-based container yards of all ages and configurations, as well as zero local CO2 emissions and virtually zero local noise emissions. Combine this with the fact that the Konecranes Battery RTG is delivered in a carbon neutral state, and you are looking at the most eco-efficient RTG in history. Find out more here:


Battery Konecranes Noell Straddle Carrier

We also now offer the Battery Konecranes Noell Straddle Carrier as a system, complete with charging station. There is no performance compromise: the battery straddle carrier can be built into your work cycles and operating structure in a variety of ways. Similar Li-ion battery technology is used as in Konecranes Gottwald AGVs, from which a large body of field experience has been drawn in terms of 24/7 operation and battery lifetime. Confidently consider the Battery Konecranes Noell Straddle Carrier for your straddle carrier operations.  

Electric experience

Konecranes started the battery trend in container handling equipment with the introduction of a battery-driven Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) some 15 years ago. The battery AGV earned acceptance and became established in large fleets at major container terminals. Meanwhile, a transition from lead-acid to Li-ion battery technology occurred, a major leap forward. Over the years, Konecranes has accumulated a large body of knowledge about batteries and electric power management. This knowledge has been used to introduce battery AGVs, hybrid RTGs, hybrid straddle carriers and a battery-driven forklift truck, the E-VER. Now is the time for battery-driven, large container handling machines. When all-electric machines are charged with renewable energy, we call it “pure electric” since it’s the purest form of container handling to date.  

Konecranes Gottwald Generation 6 all-electric Mobile Harbor Cranes

In June of last year, Konecranes introduced Konecranes Gottwald Generation 6 Mobile Harbor Cranes (MHCs). It has been enthusiastically received by the market, especially the modular drive system. This includes the all-electric drive, combining an external power supply with an innovative battery drive. The world’s first all-electric Konecranes Gottwald MHC with battery drive is already working hard at the Port of Skellefteå in Sweden. It is helping to supply an ultramodern battery factory in the town of Skellefteå. In addition, two all-electric Konecranes Gottwald ESP.9 MHCs, each with 200 t maximum lifting capacity, will enter operation at the Port of San Diego, USA, in spring 2023.

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A strong focus on customers and a commitment to business growth and continuous improvement make Konecranes a lifting industry leader. This is underpinned by investments in digitalization and technology, plus our work to make material flows more efficient with solutions that decarbonize the economy and advance circularity and safety. 

For more information:  

Thomas Gylling, Director of Marketing & Customer Experience, Port Solutions, Konecranes  

Email: thomas.gylling@konecranes.com or phone: +358405264343

This press release is available at our website konecranes.com 

Konecranes is a world-leading group of Lifting Businesses, serving a broad range of customers, including manufacturing and process industries, shipyards, ports and terminals. Konecranes provides productivity enhancing lifting solutions as well as services for lifting equipment of all makes. In 2021 Group sales totaled EUR 3.2 billion. The Group has approximately 16,600 employees in around 50 countries. Konecranes shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki (symbol: KCR).