Advances in engine efficiency, diesel fuel and emissions control systems equate to near-zero emissions across key sectors of the US economy
March 06, 2017 | Diesel Technology Forum
Las Vegas, NV – The most advanced, powerful and efficient diesel equipment and technology for construction and industrial use will be unveiled to the public this week at the international CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017 convention.
Big data, efficiency and the smart and connected jobsite are hot topics in the construction industry. Every one of those is built on the foundation of clean, efficient power provided by the most advanced diesel engines. CONEXPO is show casing the latest innovations in diesel technology that ensure that the jobsites of the future are not only as efficient and productive as possible, but also will have the lowest environmental footprint, said Allen Schaeffer, the Executive Director of the Diesel Technology Forum.
More than 140,000 visitors from all regions of the world and 2,500 exhibitors are to participate in the five-day event, which begins Tuesday at the Las Vegas Convention Center, according to CONEXPO-CON/AGG officials.
“President Trump and the U.S. Congress are touting a major infrastructure initiative in the near future,” Schaeffer said. “Infrastructure development largely translates into road and bridge construction, transportation facility as well as public water and waste water systems, and enhancements to telecommunications and utilities. Each of these activities is largely enabled through diesel-powered equipment.
“One of the greatest opportunities for the construction equipment sector now is simply to get more of the newer technology on the jobsite. Economic conditions over recent years have delayed the adoption of the newest, most efficient and near-zero emission clean diesel engines that have been available since 2014. Now there is a sense that economic conditions are improving and this industry is ready to unleash some of the most amazing, efficient and powerful machines that a successful national infrastructure plan would require.
“Diesel has long been the technology of choice to power the world’s largest construction machines and to tackle the most difficult jobs. What we’re seeing here this week is the unveiling of the newest clean diesel technology for the workhorses of every type of construction project - wheel loaders, backhoes, excavators and bulldozers. These machines come in all shapes and sizes that are able to work in the smallest spaces or move the heaviest loads of material. These are the bread and butter of the construction industry, and the good news is that these machines are now more than 90 percent lower in emissions than a decade ago.”
Because of diesel's unmatched and unique combination of power, performance, reliability, fuel efficiency and now low emissions, it is the technology of choice and the workhorse of the nation's construction sector, powering more than three-fourths of all heavy construction equipment.
Today, roughly 850,000 diesel-powered vehicles nationwide are in use bringing supplies, materials and workers to and from U.S. construction sites. Earthmovers, bulldozers, bucket loaders, backhoes, cranes, pavers, excavators and motor graders are all essential to building and expanding our economic infrastructure. For most of these machines, there is simply no substitute for diesel power. No viable alternative has yet emerged for equipment that exceeds 500 horsepower; some construction engines produce several thousand horsepower.
In the construction sector 98 percent of all energy use comes from diesel. Construction accounts for 55 percent of off-road fuel use in the U.S. The U.S. construction industry employs nearly six million people and contributes some $850 billion annually to the economy. This is due in no small part to the power and efficiency of diesel.
For additional information about the CONEXPO-CON/AGG exhibits and equipment go to the following company websites:
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