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Saft Li-ion Batteries Make an Important Breakthrough with Contract for Houston Harbor’s Hybrid-Powered Mobile Cranes

Saft Li-ion batteries will enable MJ EcoPower Hybrid Systems (a division of Mi-Jack Products) to provide a greener option for mobile RTG cranes as part of innovative hybrid diesel-electric drives that cut fuel consumption by up to 70 percent

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Saft (Euronext: Saft), the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of advanced technology batteries for industry, has been awarded a contract by MJ EcoPower Hybrid Systems to supply leading-edge lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries for four new hybrid-powered mobile RTG (Rubber Tyred Gantry) cranes serving Houston Harbor in the US state of Texas. The contract is an important breakthrough for Saft in the US hybrid RTG crane market that is set for growth as operators seek to drive down their fuel costs while reducing emissions. There are up to 600 existing RTG cranes in US harbors that could potentially be retrofitted with hybrid power systems, while around 150 new cranes are built every year for the global market.

RTGs play an important logistics role in ports and harbors, where they are used to transport and stack shipping containers during ship loading and unloading. Normally, the electric motors for the movement and hoisting functions are powered by a diesel generator often kept idling 24/7 to ensure that the crane is always ready for operation. MJ EcoPower Hybrid Systems has developed an innovative alternative approach for its EcoCrane® systems that replaces the conventional diesel power plant (typically rated at 400 to 750 kW) with a much smaller diesel generator set of 100 to 150 kW combined with a battery-based energy storage unit.
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