Hyperdrive Innovation announces battery partnership with electric construction machinery specialist to accelerate the decarbonisation of the construction sector.
Hyperdrive Innovation, one of the UK’s leading designers and manufacturers of lithium-ion battery technology, today announces its battery partnership with Limach, the Dutch electric construction machinery specialist.
The partnership will lead to the development of cutting-edge battery powered machinery to accelerate decarbonisation and improve air quality on construction sites. Hyperdrive’s battery packs will be used by Limach to replace diesel engines in a range of new construction equipment.
The partnership comes in the form of an extended supply agreement between the two companies that will see the number of battery packs Hyperdrive deliver to Limach double over the next twelve months. It comes in response to a sharp rise in demand from contractors in the Netherlands for bigger electric machines, including excavators, wheel loaders and wheeled cranes.
Limach specialises in retrofitting brand new diesel construction machinery with emission-free fully electric drivetrains. Its compact excavators have been successfully deployed on construction sites across The Netherlands since 2018, with each mini excavator saving an estimated 17 tonnes in carbon emissions each year when compared to traditional diesel alternatives.[i]
The Netherlands has some of the most stringent emissions regulations in the world making it a key market for electrification. The Dutch government is incentivising the deployment of low emission equipment by supporting tenders for contracts that have less of an impact on carbon emissions and air pollution, stimulating a sharp rise in demand for low emission equipment. Limach’s fully electric solutions cater to this demand and are supporting construction companies in The Netherlands to secure valuable building contracts.
The use of fully electric construction machinery to replace traditional petrol and diesel equipment is billed to play its part in the construction industry’s economic recovery post COVID-19, as the silent running equipment can enable some sites to operate for longer hours to safely catch up on stalled production.
Henri De Groot, Co-owner and Development Director of Limach “With the right engineering solutions, all construction machinery can be electrified. We’ve proven our technology in smaller two tonne excavators and are now scaling up to meet the demand from the market for larger models, up to ten tonnes. By partnering with Hyperdrive to develop our cutting-edge electric equipment, we are helping our customers secure building contracts and clean up their construction processes.”
Due to the near silent engine and zero exhaust emissions, Limach excavators are ideal for indoor demolition and other in- and outdoor applications. The excavators have been deployed in supermarkets across the country for indoor demolition operations. Soon, Limach’s newest 10-tons fully electric excavators will be deployed by Gasunie, the organisation responsible for The Netherlands natural gas network, in a multi-year project to remove disused gas pipes in urban areas.
Hyperdrive’s modular battery packs were chosen due to their top of the rage energy density and modularity, allowing flexibility for application in a range of different machines. Hyperdrives manufacturing capacity and efficiency was also an important factor in securing the supply contract. In July 2019, Hyperdrive opened its new Sunderland-based battery manufacturing facility, HYVE, capable of manufacturing up to 30,000 battery packs annually.
Stephen Irish, Commercial Director of Hyperdrive Innovation said: “We have ramped up our manufacturing capabilities significantly since the opening of our HYVE facility last year – the biggest battery factory of its kind in the UK. This is supporting our global prospects and allowing us to bring new, innovative products to market.”
The news comes just weeks after a European-wide report – which included views from experts from Wilmott Dixson, Innovate UK, Colas Group, and NCC – forecast rapid growth in demand for cleaner and quieter electrified construction equipment over the next decade to meet emission targets and ‘build back better’ following the COVID-19 pandemic. The construction industry is responsible for 40% of European carbon emissions, making it an urgent priority for decarbonisation to meet net zero targets.
Stephen Irish added: “The construction sector must decarbonise and fast. Our partnership with innovative companies at the forefront of electrification such as Limach is helping build a cleaner future in the construction industry.”
 According to Com Car, one litre of diesel produces 2.6391 Kgs of CO2.
Compact excavators use approximately 2.25 litres of fuel per hour (Find My Answer).
For an average 8-hour day, this is 18 litres of fuel each day.
This equates to 46.6 Kg of CO2 emissions each 8 hour day. 2.6391 Kg CO2 x 18l = 46.6 Kg/per day.
46.6 Kg x 365 days = 17,082 Kg/year or 17.082 tonnes/year.
By using a fully electric engine, this can be avoided.