Save Energy During Production
At press time, companies were gearing up to attend a variety of first-quarter trade shows. One of the first in 2024 would be CES in Las Vegas, Nevada, Jan. 9-12, where Caterpillar boasted a display covering nearly 9,600 square feet of real estate. In that space, the OEM would showcase a number of products including those for power generation. Let’s take a look at information from a Caterpillar press release prior to the show.
In the category of sustainable power generation, the company stated: “Caterpillar offers and continues to develop lower-carbon intensity on-site power production solutions such as generators running on a variety of renewable fuels, solar panels and hydrogen powered fuel cells.”
In the category of energy storage and charging solutions, the company stated: “Designed for rapid plug-and-play installation and integration, battery Energy Storage Solutions (ESS) can be used with any combination of diesel, natural gas or renewable energy sources such as solar or wind. They store surplus power from these energy sources and then discharge from their reserves as needed. The XEX60, compact ESS will be shown at CES and can be used to provide power to Caterpillar charging solutions.
“Caterpillar offers and continues to develop charging options to support battery electric machines using industry standard connectors and protocols. The Cat chargers displayed at CES are tested and validated to work with Cat equipment in the same harsh environments where our machines are put to work.”
In the category of batteries, the company stated: “The on-board battery pack on display at CES is designed to power the 301.9 mini excavator with a total capacity of 32 kWh and a nominal voltage of 48 volts. Cat battery packs consist of a modular design with factory integrated telematics and a rugged structure to endure the use on our heavy equipment.”
In the category of power system solutions, the company stated: “Additionally displayed at CES will be a Cat 750V Electric Motor and Inverter, components that support a variety of machines and power systems. A 750 DC motor provides mechanical power for the machine movement when commanded by the operator. The inverter transfers power to the electric motor from an onboard Caterpillar machine power source like a generator or battery.”