Volvo CE’s greener engine-ering
Volvo Stage IIIB compliant engine live at INTERMAT
Volvo Construction Equipment (VCE) was one of the first manufacturers to market with its Stage IIIB compliant engine powered machines. According to VCE, the past 12-months has seen their customers clock up over 1.9million accumulated hours using its IIIB compliant engines in company machines including D-Series excavators, F-Series articulated haulers and G-Series wheeled loaders.
Anders Larsson, executive vice president for technology at VCE, says: “We took a courageous decision to launch our Stage IIIB compliant equipment at the earliest opportunity because we wanted to be in the market offering the most fuel efficient, productive and innovative equipment to our customers. Furthermore, one of our core values is the environment and, because we take this so seriously, we wanted to take the lead in terms of reducing our impact on the planet.
“The reaction that we have had over the past year has been excellent and certainly justifies our decision. In terms of fuel efficiency, performance and even the look and feel of our new Series equipment, the response and feedback has been great.”
Larsson believes the successful implementation of Stage IIIB is partially attributable to Volvo CE being part of the bigger AB Volvo Group.
He also explains that the emissions compliant solution selected by Volvo CE had to suit both the European and US legislation. “This was quite decisive in the solution we chose because while urea (AdBlue) is reasonably accessible in Europe, the infrastructure really isn’t in place in North America,” says Larsson. “Suffice to say, we certainly couldn’t manufacture different engines and after treatment solutions for the two different markets.”
In creating Stage IIIB compliant machines, Larsson says the focus couldn’t just be on one component, but across the entire system. “To achieve better levels of fuel efficiency, productivity and performance our team had to play on the grand piano of engineering, not just on one key.
“As a result of the solution that Volvo CE has implemented for Stage IIIB compliance, we have been able to not only reduce PM and NOx emissions, but we have also been able to cut CO2 emissions through an overall reduction in fuel consumption.”
VCE’s Stage IIIB compliant engines feature a variable geometry turbo, external cooled EGR and an independently fuelled DPF burner. This is said by VCE to enable regeneration to take place without impacting on the power available for work.
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