Keltbray trials excavator fuelled by vegetable oil

Grant Prior 12 months ago
Share

Keltbray Group is trialling the use of vegetable oil to fuel its excavators.

The demolition specialist is testing Green D+ Biofuel which is a Hydrogenated Vegetable oil (HVO) which can cut carbon dioxide equivalent emissions by 90%.

The fuel is currently used in generators but is now being trialled to assess whether it can reduce the impact from construction plant operations.

The trial consists of running two identical Caterpillar 25tonne machines, one on standard red EN590 diesel and one on Green D+ fuel.

Ongoing analysis will be carried out remotely using the machines own telematics as well as downloads from the machines on board logging systems. The trial is expected to last approximately eight weeks.

To further reduce the carbon emissions, the fuel will be stored on site in bowsers with telematics which communicate with the supplier, Speedy, to indicate when the tanks need topping up.

This in turn reduces the frequency of fuel deliveries to site.

Kiro Tamer, Group Energy Manager at Keltbray, said: “This is an important step in our ongoing commitment to sustainable innovation.

“The technology which will allow the industry to carry out this work is yet to exist, but to assist the UK Government’s goals to achieve net zero, Green D+ fuel could provide an immediate solution to reduce carbon emissions in the construction industry until the new technology arrives on the market.”

Mike Derome, Head of Fuel at Speedy, said: “We’re delighted to be running this trial with Keltbray.

“Green D+ HVO fuel is now provided as Speedy’s standard low emission fuel and is the only HVO fuel approved for use in Speedy equipment.

“For every 350 litres of Green D+ HVO fuel used, 1 tonne of CO2 is saved versus fossil fuel so we anticipate seeing significant reductions in CO2 throughout the trial”.

Latest news

Liverpool student block developer goes under

Subbies owed millions as Mount Group Student Natex goes into administration
1 day ago

HS2 downsizes Euston station to save costs

Shift from 11 to 10 platforms allows station to be built in one stage rather than two
2 days ago

Naive QSs storing up trouble in chase for lowest bids

Subcontractors say tendering for jobs at the moment is like the "Wild West"
2 days ago

Accountant being investigated over nmcn audit

Regulator launches probe into 2019 accounts which showed healthy profit
2 days ago

Murphy trials AI warning cameras at site danger zones

Smart camera warning system picks up incorrect PPE and workers at risk
2 days ago

£35m Nottingham art school gets green light

Work will start early next year on the nine-storey block
2 days ago

Vinci seals £77m Bristol student accommodation job

Work to start next month on one of largest Passivhaus certified schemes in the UK
2 days ago

Mace chair Pycroft to stand down

Industry veteran calls it a day after nearly 30 years at Mace
2 days ago

Laing O’Rourke on course for float after strong results

Pre-tax profit of £41.4m despite Covid as country's largest private contractor eyes stock market listing
3 days ago

Three in race for latest £500m HS2 contract

Shortlist confirmed for 36 mile section connecting the West Midlands and Crewe
3 days ago

End of timber shortages in sight

Softwood imports catch up with demand but delivery problems persist
3 days ago

Sheffield Hallam University’s £220m city campus gets nod

BAM to start work early next year in first education pain-gain share alliance
3 days ago

London and North West labour rates rise for third month

Two regions becoming fresh pinch points for labour
3 days ago

ISG clinches £21m National Cycling Centre upgrade

Manchester velodrome set for major refit and green upgrade
3 days ago

Keltbray appoints new director to head-up HS2 contracts

Former Carillion and Network Rail director Neil Lindley to lead HS2 works
3 days ago

Furious nmcn subbies left holding £60m in unpaid bills

Suppliers believe they were "strung along" by nmcn management
4 days ago

Battle starts for £600m YORbuild minor works deal

Third generation framework to emphasise offsite and net zero capability
4 days ago

JCB targets first hydrogen diggers by end of 2022

Plant giant is investing £100m in developing super-efficient hydrogen engines
4 days ago

Ringway to replace Kier on Surrey roads deal worth up to £2.5bn

Massive maintenance contract could last up to 21 years
4 days ago

House builders and public bodies get biggest CITB training grants

Housing giants and councils among biggest beneficiaries
4 days ago

BAM Nuttall names new major projects MD

Richard Prime promoted to fill role vacated by Ian Parish who is now Interim MD
4 days ago

Offsite Homes Alliance courts firms for £4bn MMC framework

Alliance of social landlords in the North aims to build 10,000 offsite homes per year.
4 days ago

Multiplex set to start on £50m Crossrail office site

Developer Grosvenor awards deal based on bidders' commitment to science based carbon reduction targets
4 days ago

Foreign investors to pump £10bn into UK green infrastructure

Wind farms, green warehouses and sustainable homes make up sustainable infrastructure spend
5 days ago

Bellway targets £1.25bn profit over next two years

Material and labour shortages hamper plans to ramp-up construction levels
5 days ago

Pay deal ends strike threat by cement drivers

More than 200 Hanson HGV drivers win 6% pay rise
5 days ago

Segro plans first urban six-storey industrial building

Innovative new industrial building includes two floors for car parking
5 days ago

Ballymore puts in plans for major Royal Docks scheme

Construction could start in 2023 on 1,610 new homes on riverfront site
5 days ago

Morgan Sindall takes social housing upkeep into ‘tech age’

Firm's Goldeni remote home health monitoring system for preventive repairs
5 days ago

Electrical engineer killed as car crashes into pavement job

Second worker seriously injured after vehicle careered off the road in Rochdale
6 days ago

Contractor services