October 2023, Vol. 250, No. 10


HVO: Fuel for the Future

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The advancement of the energy transition is leading to a growing imperative to reduce carbon emissions in challenging-to-transform sectors. Various industries are adopting alternative fuels and embracing increased electrification to promote sustainable practices within the construction and extraction sectors. In this regard, hydrated vegetable oil (HVO) represents a pioneering alternative fuel source.

The Liebherr RL 56 pipelayer working in pipeline construction

To contribute positively to reduce overall emissions, Liebherr offers alternative drive systems in various product segments. One development involves the use of HVO in the heavy machinery sector. HVO is an alternative fuel to conventional fossil fuels mainly made from wastes and residues. As it’s produced from renewable energy sources and generates less waste, it is considered to reduce carbon emission significantly. In addition, it produces fewer exhaust emissions in general, including a reduction in nitrogen oxides.

Today Liebherr pipelayers can be operated with HVO without any conversion, and without any loss of performance compared to regular diesel-powered machines. Its pipelayers are available in different load classes and corresponding boom lengths to cater for wide variety of applications in the gas and oil industry.

The stepless hydrostatic drive enables precise maneuvering even with heavy loads in rough terrain. The special Liebherr boom system and lifting cylinder guarantee precise control and maximum operating safety. Intuitive controls and a safety concept that sets standards ensure that the crew completes all tasks, from transport to preparation and laying, quickly and safely.

Liebherr is working to improve sustainability throughout its business by reducing its own carbon footprint as well as supporting and enabling future technologies related to a digital construction site. The use of HVO to power heavy machinery offers an immediately available alternative to more sustainable operations.

For more information, contact Lisa Kahlig, Marketing Manager for Press & Public Relations, at +43 690 500 644 96, or via email at Lisa.Kahlig@liebherr.com.

This content is published by Liebherr-Werk Telfs GmbH, located in Telfs, Austria. For more information, visit www.liebherr.com.


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