Bane NOR to implement six projects to cut emissions at construction sites
Bane NOR has received support from the Norwegian ministry of Transport and Communications for six projects aimed at reducing emissions at rail infrastructure construction sites in 2022. In total, the company will receive 12,6 million kroner (1,23 million euros) in backing, it said on Monday.
Bane NOR wants to increase the use of electric construction machinery and on-site electric power from stationary batteries instead of diesel generators. To that end, the infrastructure manager will be converting several rail loaders to battery-powered loaders. The company can then test how long these machines are able to operate and how charging cycles will affect operations.
Bane NOR will also be testing an electric excavator at a construction site in Sande, while at Narvik station it will experiment with the use of various small and medium-sized construction machines.
In Drammen, where a new railway is being built, the construction site features a lot of equipment and machinery that require power. At present, that means the use of 15 generators that can each consume up to 250,000 litres of diesel per year. These generators could possibly be replaced by stationary battery packs. Bane NOR intends to study what that would mean for emissions, costs and operations.
In tandem, Bane NOR will be developing a computer tool for monitoring the energy consumption of battery powered machinery and equipment in order to gain insights in the energy requirements. With the data collected, the company wants to be better able to decide where units on battery power can be best put to use in the future.
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