Welcome to the latest issues of HarvestTECH.News.
First up, thanks to all of you who attended the Residues2Revenues 2022 event last week in Rotorua, New Zealand. An outstanding turnout (considering Covid that was still doing the rounds and the atrocious weather that was flooding much of the country at the time) of well over 350 forestry companies, log harvesting and wood transport companies met up. With recent disruptions, it had been a very long time in coming.
The very latest equipment and systems being used to harvest, process, segregate and transport forest slash and bin-wood were showcased. In addition, early discussions on initiatives underway in some regions to aggregate wood residues supplies to provide surety on quantity and quality to larger industrial plants provided an insight into what’s coming shortly with the development of regional bioenergy hubs.
In the technology space, we covered a story of a Swedish company in last month’s issue that had unveiled a raft of new products including a new trailer design along with a system to help optimise transport flows for electric and autonomous shipping fleets. This month, innovations and the adoption of new transport technologies continue. Announcements are now almost weekly with the technology advancing so rapidly.
In Sweden again, SCA together with Scania have just rolled out the world’s first electric log truck. It’s a battery-powered truck with a capacity of 80 tonnes with logs initially being transported between SCA’s timber terminal and their paper mill. And in NZ, possibly the world’s first electric milk tanker is entering Fonterra’s fleet and the country’s first hydrogen truck gets on the road. Also, one of the country’s largest heavy transport fleets is partnering with a Christchurch-based zero emissions technology firm with plans of ten dual-fuel hydrogen diesel trucks to be on the road by the second quarter of 2023.
Check out these stories and much more below. Enjoy this month’s issue.
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Stories this issue:
- Maersk to launch NZ coastal shipping service
- Forest360 NZ log export market update
- World’s first electric log truck rolled out
- Fiona’s final forest safety blog
- Heavy transport fleet de-carbonising with hydrogen
- Self-driving robotrucks rolling onto US freeways
- Before chainsaws – hand felling monster trees
- Launch of two firsts for the NZ transport sector
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