Powerscreen working on battery powered screener

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A Northern Irish company has produced a concept for a battery powered screener which it believes will be the future of the industry.

Powerscreen, which has a series of crushing and screening products available in Australia, has been testing its Eco Warrior battery powered screener since 2019.

"To the best of our knowledge this is the first battery powered screener in the world and has been clocking up testing hours since it was built in 2019," Powerscreen’s product and applications manager Neil Robinson says.

"It still delivers on the powerful screening action that Powerscreen machines are famous for and we are now exploring taking it from concept to mainstream."

The company says the Eco Warrior has a simple, quiet engine with no after-treatment requirements and the ability to be either self-charging or plug-in.

The Eco Warrior battery powered screener has been in testing since it was built in 2019

The required engine size is only half that of the diesel hydraulic unit, Powerscreen says, and the battery pack can mean either emission-free running or a power boost to the screener.

Robinson says the battery-powered screener is "not a publicity stunt" but was part of the company’s broader push towards decarbonisation.

"The drive for decarbonisation is real, with the UK and other governments ruling that carbon emissions have to be reduced by 80 per cent by 2050," he says.

"It’s critical that we dramatically reduce our carbon footprint and Powerscreen has many solutions available today in support of this."

Powerscreen has shown how its battery powered screener will work

Powerscreen has switched to direct drive systems for its crushing and screening equipment and improved engine capabilities and drive-line design with a goal of making them more fuel efficient and therefore more environmentally friendly.

The company has also added a tool called Powerscreen Pulse, which allows users to see in-depth data about fuel consumption and check for faults that may reduce performance, while its hybrid range is designed to give users a choice between diesel fuel and electricity.

Powerscreen is owned by the Terex Corporation and their products are distributed in Australia by Queensland-based Lincom Group.

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