Case unveils Project TETRA at bauma – concept wheel loader powered by FPT Industrial methane gas engine
Case Methane-Powered Wheel Loader Concept – Project TETRA and FPT Industrial 6-cylinder NG engine
The new wheel loader concept is the first Natural Gas construction machine from Case Construction Equipment and is powered by a 6-cylinder NG engine from FPT Industrial's NEF family. This power unit, delivering power up to 230 hp and torque up to 1,184 Nm, has diesel-like performance, but with a smoother and quieter drive. It also offers the same reliability and durability and fuel savings up to 30 percent. The engine runs on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), ensuring 15 percent less CO2 and 99 percent less Particulate Matter than its diesel-based counterpart.
The NEF engine uses stoichiometric technology, which ensures the correct chemical balance between air and methane in every working condition, delivering clean combustion and low emissions. Such technology is enabled by FPT Industrial's proprietary control strategy, specific piston design and multi-point injection. Optimized combustion improves engine efficiency, leading to running cost savings of 10 to 30 percent over Diesel. The highly stable spark-ignited combustion system also reduces vibration and engine noise up to 5 dB in comparison with conventional Diesel engines, representing a 50 percent reduction in drive-by noise.
Among the many segments set to benefit from the new Case Methane-Powered Wheel Loader Concept – Project TETRA will be waste management companies and construction contractors, for both of which a competitive carbon footprint is becoming increasingly important in winning and retaining contracts. Thanks to the FPT Industrial Natural Gas engine, the Case wheel loader concept can operate in regulated urban or indoor environments without the need for expensive ventilation equipment.
Traditionally, waste management companies have operated using a simple "management of waste" approach to operating a MRF. Throughput targets and continuous operation (minimal downtime) were the main driving forces. The industry has changed however, and the focus moving forward is now on optimizing system performance and reliability, in conjunction with increasing recycling rates and a drive for a "greener" and more sustainable tomorrow.
When considering the addition of, or upgrade to, an "intelligent" MRF, for municipalities or private operators, the main factors should always be the client's (operator) current requirements, and evolving market needs, which include throughput, reliability, output quality, and adaptability. Equally important is a full understanding of what is really expected from any proposed system. Having an engaged and focused mindset for the project with the client from the beginning, will impact and drive the entire design process. This then impacts the overall project result, through to the productive, efficient, ongoing operation of the facility itself.