Hitachi Hybrid Revolution

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Sketch of the Hitachi SR2000G track mounted soil recycler

Remediation works are currently being undertaken as part of the Platypus Remediation Project led by Thiess Services, a leading remediation specialist with over 20 years experience.

Thiess has recruited the new Hitachi ZH210LC hybrid excavator and a Hitachi SR2000G track mounted soil recycler to undertake the excavation and stabilisation of approximately 30,000 tonnes of gasworks contaminated fill and bedrock material.

The Hitachi SR2000G is responsible for the treatment of contaminated material within the odour control enclosure. An emission control system is supporting this process by preventing emissions of dust, odour and contaminants being released into the environment.

Project Manager for Thiess Services James Cole, said specialised technology such as the Hitachi SR2000G would play a crucial role in meeting the strict environmental requirements for the remediation project.

Hitachi ZH210LC hybrid. The future of excavator technology.

“The machine is being utilised to stabilise soils and tar during the project. It was selected due to its superior ability to consistently blend the additives into the feed material at the preselected rate,” he said.

The Hitachi ZH210LC hybrid excavator, the first hybrid unit introduced into Australia by Hitachi Construction Machinery Australia (HCA), complements the vision shared by Thiess and the Harbour Trust to be as environmentally conscious as possible. With fuel savings of around 20% over the standard Hitachi ZX200-3 model and lower diesel emissions, the new hybrid is ideally suited for work on the Platypus site.

According to James, the Hitachi hybrid proved the obvious choice when considering the environmental nature of the Platypus Remediation Project.

Up close with the Hitachi SR2000G soil recycler

“We chose the hybrid excavator for its reduction in CO2 which is extremely important when you are working within an enclosure. Its role is to load the SR2000G track mounted soil recycler, and the reduction in CO2 creates a safer environment for our workers and minimises the load on our emission control system,” he said.

HCA is committed to manufacturing environmentally sustainable technology and delivering future-focused products to its customers. The introduction of the new hybrid excavator in May 2013 is just the beginning of a range of exciting Hitachi technologies to be released into the Australian market.

“Specialised technology such as the Hitachi SR2000G would play a crucial role in meeting the strict environmental requirements for the remediation project.”

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