Sustainable technology developed at Silverstone Park saving fuel & emissions in construction

Sustainable technology developed at Silverstone Park saving fuel & emissions in construction

27 September 2021

Silverstone Park business PUNCH Flybrid has entered into a new partnership with Select Plant Hire Ltd that could transform the way generators are utilised on construction sites across the country.

In a trial on one of its sites in London, Select, a leading plant hire specialist, connected a crane’s generator set to a PUNCH Flybrid energy storage flywheel.

In just one month (equating to 213 hours), the technology achieved a 50% fuel saving (over 1,300 litres) and also prevented close to 3,500kg of CO² being released into the atmosphere.

That is the equivalent to the emissions of 30 passenger cars per month (based on average annual statistics per mile in the UK).

The technology has been designed and developed inside PUNCH Flybrid’s premises at Silverstone Park.

CLICK HERE for a video that shows how the technology works.

PUNCH Flybrid Managing Director Tobias Knichel commented: “It takes courage to be first. Select Plant Hire was the first company to approach PUNCH Flybrid for a technical collaboration to integrate flywheel energy storage directly onto tower cranes.

“Working together with the Select team for the last few months demonstrated that Select not only understand the technical aspects of tower cranes very well, but they have also shown an outstanding level of support and forward thinking to their impressive customer base.

“This has convinced us that partnering with Select is the right next step for PUNCH Flybrid.”

Alex Warrington, Select’s Managing Director, said: “At one of our London sites we reduced the generator size on our CTL1600 (66t luffer) from 800kVA to 500kVA, with the opportunity for further reduction. It instantly generates substantial CO² savings and saves significant costs of rental – it makes sense on every level.

“This is yet another example of Select’s investment in sustainable plant.”

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