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New Volvo system wins award

By Rob Blackstien   

Equipment Technology

Electro-hydraulic system is significantly more energy efficient.

Volvo Construction Equipment’s new Common Pressure Rail Hybrid system has won the Volvo Technology Award for 2021.

This electro-hydraulic system ushers in tremendous energy-efficiency enhancements to excavators and its reduction of CO² emissions aligns with Volvo’s stated goal of net zero value by 2040.

Volvo CE has always been a leader in carbon reduction in the industry.

“This innovation enables Volvo CE to offer its customers a truly unique electro-hydraulic solution, pushing fuel efficiency to new levels,” says Lars Stenqvist, CTO, Volvo Group. “It’s demonstrating the passion of our engineers to bring forward customer-oriented solutions and systems that will drive the transformation towards net-zero emissions operations. Also, it’s again an example of our strength working in partnerships and achieving amazing results.”


The system is designed to massively reduce energy losses while its hydraulic accumulators contribute enough power so that a smaller power source can be employed and cooling requirements are reduced.

“We are really proud of this recognition, which we share with our collaboration partners,” says Kim Heybroek, Volvo CE Emerging Technologies Research Engineer and a member of the winning team. “The potential in the innovation has been a strong driver for us in the project, making it an exciting journey to be part of, as we see the significant benefits it will offer for our customers and help build the world we want to live in.”

The winners of the Volvo Technology Award 2021 are: Kim Heybroek, Sangki Bae, Junwoo Kim, Byeongmo Ko, Donghun Oh, Wonkil Choe, Wontaek Oh and Namgyu Kim.


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