How to Navigate the Electrified Construction Site Revolution

Posted on 24th May 2022 by in Clean Energy, Construction Sites

Construction machines produce 1.1% of all global C02 emissions, so it’s unsurprising that electrical equipment is revolutionising the industry. The electrification of small compact machines is a straightforward solution to growing carbon footprints. There are already 1.2 million electrified units in the global sector, and they’re producing exceptional results. All of that glistening technology can achieve little without a workable electric vehicle charging strategy, though. It’s pointless to charge a battery-electric vehicle with a diesel generator, so you’ll need to restructure your logistics.

By 2042, the electric construction equipment market is projected to grow to US$105 billion, so the charging infrastructure you create today will serve you decades into the future.

Charging Options

To date, battery-electric power has filled niche product segments in the construction industry, but EV product lines are growing at breakneck speeds. As new machine types enter the industry, infrastructure becomes increasingly complex. Your electric vehicle charging solution is constrained to the power sources you have on-site. If you’re off the grid, your logistics become even tougher to manage. Single-phase charging requires a single conductor, but three-phase options require a far higher charging capacity. That’s not always easy to come by. If your outlets don’t offer the voltage, your machines will spend more time charging than they do working. Incidentally, one of the benefits of using a Hussh Pod is that we can convert single phase energy into 3 phase or vice versa.

Free-standing solar chargers might seem like the obvious solution, but they’re expensive and limited to daylight. Solar cells are also notoriously inefficient. Containerised charging stations can leverage natural gas and hydrogen as fuel sources, but using a non-renewable energy source flies in the face of your eco-friendly goals. You need a solution that keeps your construction site ticking along every minute of your workday, even after the sun sets. That solution must be as cost-effective as diesel fuel and equally easy to source. It needs to rely on a renewable energy source that’s accessible on any jobsite, even those that are completely off the grid.

Charging infrastructure must support machines that build and maintain infrastructure. Not all Electric Vehicles can be charged on a basic 220-volt electrical socket, and fast-charge options are crucial. Ideally, your equipment should charge within a couple of hours, but that’s not always easy to achieve. Volvo, for example, requires a six-hour charge time for its new ECR25 excavator. On a 120-volt outlet, one machine can take as many as 12 hours to charge. To make matters worse, the batteries used on larger construction sites must now power medium and large machines of as many as 22-tonnes. Off-board DC chargers can recharge on-site, but if you’re working off the grid, you’ll need a better solution.

That’s quite a list of pain points. Electric construction sites are new to the world, so all who choose to use them must lead the fray into an uncertain future. The more customisable your charging sites, the easier your logistics will become. For that reason, hybrid charging solutions are right at the front of the race. By combining the benefits of two or more fuel sources, they can achieve an easy balance of uptime and clean energy usage. Enter the Hussh Pod: A potent hybrid generator that combines inverters, lithium-ion phosphate battery power, and multi-phase charging.

How Hussh Pods Can Benefit You

The Hussh Pod is the superstar of Power Saving Solutions’ product line, and for excellent reasons. This portable power unit relies on usable lithium ion phosphate storage to provide thousands of cycles of battery life. The pod itself is a lightweight substitute for diesel generators. It produces zero emissions and can be charged with a wide array of different renewable energy solutions. The pod is silent, so it will do its heavy work even overnight in noise-restricted areas.

The largest pod in the range has become a favourite among industrial businesses, not just for its steady supply of clean energy, but also its adaptability. If the need arises, you can plug your pod into a standard diesel gen-set or into the grid. Hussh Pods are offered in a range of capacities, from small household units to huge high-capacity setups. The most potent product in the range has become the power source of choice in the construction industry for its 30kva, 3-phase inversion abilities. The pod is highly customisable. You can easily reconfigure your 3-phase inverter into a single-phase unit that runs its inverters in parallel. If you need something that packs even more punch, all you need to do is run several Hussh Pods in parallel. A single pod offers 5,000 cycles of battery life and a recharge time anywhere between 1.5 hours and 5 hours. A hybrid generator like the Hussh Pod can achieve battery uptime of as much as 80% of your workday. If your site requires 100% uptime, your generator can cover the additional 20%.

Working Your Hussh Pod into Your Logistics

The world has a thousand new technologies to shrink your carbon footprint, but the logistics of using them aren’t always easy to plan. Electric jobsites are new kids on the construction block, so there are very few best practices to pave your way. You’ll often have to create your own electric vehicle charging solutions, so it’s best to work with an energy company who can help you to customise your approach. Power Saving Solutions is that company. It offers bespoke pods that are adapted to your site’s unique challenges.

Unlike many of its rivals, the Hussh Pod doesn’t require permits, utility bills, or electrical work. It’s easy to transport and can be deployed in a matter of minutes. You won’t even need to replace your pod when your capacity requirements grow. All you need to do is add extra pods to your configuration, so today’s investment will become tomorrow’s cost-cutting solution.

Electrical machines are the next frontier of the construction industry. Jobsite electrification is expected to take over the marketplace entirely within the next two decades, but clean charging solutions are still stuck in a prehistoric age. The road to clean energy might be clearer than ever before, but early adopters will occasionally need to create strategies that have never been used before. A customisable approach will assist you in that pursuit, and Power Savings Solutions will hold your hand along the way.

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