15 March 2021 by Joshua Doherty

EMR unveils electric handler at Liverpool site

European Metals Recycling (EMR) has unveiled its first electrically-enabled material handler in the UK at its site at Liverpool Alexandra Docks.

The company says the £2.3 million investment will pave the way for the site to “fully transition to renewable power” before 2030.

The Sennebogen 895e Hybrid weighs 400 tonnes, and can carry up to 15 tonnes of bulk scrap with a single grab.

EMR says it will now spend the next few months conducting performance analysis as well as time and motion studies of the new material handler before a potential worldwide rollout across EMR’s biggest capacity sites in the UK, EU and US markets.

“The hard work now begins as we understand how this new crane will operate in practice”

Sam Bamborough, area general manager, EMR

Scott Bamborough, area general manager, said: “Liverpool Alexandra Docks is one of EMR’s flagship UK sites and I am incredibly proud that we are the first site to trial this new innovative and sustainable technology.

“As EMR looks to achieve net-zero by 2030 as part of ‘Our Decade of Action’ strategy, this investment will help our site transition to using 100 percent green energy over its lifespan. The hard work now begins as we understand how this new crane will operate in practice and our team evaluates how its hybrid capabilities and energy efficiency can help reduce the cost-per-tonne handled for scrap in our yard.”

Hybrid

The machine is a Sennebogen 895e Hybrid and weighs 400 tonnes. EMR says it can carry up to 15 tonnes of bulk scrap with a single grab.

The company added that the machine’s “innovative technology also means it delivers an up-to-55% increase in energy efficiency”, which comes partly from energy recovery on the down movement of the grab and partly from its higher loading rates.

EMR already operates three Sennebogen 880 hybrid material handlers, weighing 280 tonnes each, at Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

Strategy

The EMR team will now spend the next few months conducting performance analysis

EMR says the £2.3 million investment at Liverpool is part of its  sustainability strategy, ‘Our Decade of Action’, which will see all of EMR’s sites, globally, become operationally net-zero by 2030.

It added that the 38-acre, Liverpool Alexandra Docks site will see further investment during 2021 as it transitions towards a sustainable future.

The material handler was designed and manufactured by German firm Sennebogen and its installation was completed by expert engineers in late January after a period of delay due to the UK’s Covid-19 lockdown restrictions.

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