EQUIPMENT REVIEW INDUSTRY NEWS Bigger skidder Biopower
market report to 2025
Despite a slump in annual additions, the global biopower market is set to show steady growth, rising from 106.2 Gigawatts (GW) of installed capacity in 2015 to 165.2 GW by 2025, at a compound annual growth rate of 4.4%, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData.
he new Tigercat 632E skidder is said to be the most powerful four-wheel skidder ever built. Several changes have been integrated into this model, setting new productivity standards for timber extraction.
The 632E is powered by the simple and reliable Tigercat FPT N67 engine, which provides full emissions compliance for Tier 2 and Tier 4f, together with excellent fuel economy. The Tier 2 option delivers 215 kW (288 hp) at 2,100 rpm. The Tier 4f engine delivers 212 kW (285 hp) at
2,200 rpm. The 632E can also be equipped with the largest grapple offered on any four-wheel skidder on the market.
Complementing the higher horsepower and larger grapple, the hydraulic system and driveline have been extensively upgraded. Several components and structures have been increased in size for improved durability. This skidder uses a larger main hydraulic pump and valves for faster operation and better multi-functioning. The hydraulic cylinders are also larger, allowing the machine to run pressures that
are 10% lower, whilst increasing performance by an average of 10%. Cylinder rod sizes have been increased by 25%.
Load sensing control and a
simplifi ed steering circuit have improved the operator’s driving experience.
Additional enhancements have been made to the cab, including an air-ride seat, and a new instrument panel layout has improved the position of electrical outlets and the electronic control system display.
More information from www.tigercat.com
Bluetooth device for log diameters
First introduced in 2015, a new model of its Naava Bluetooth measuring device with optional diameter
measuring has been announced by Pentin Paja Oy. The company originally developed the device for measuring the length of a log being cut by Naarva S23 and
S23C harvesting heads. The Bluetooth device can now measure the diameter of a log, which is displayed on a tablet screen. The driver can set an alert when the thickness reaches the required diameter. The harvesting head vibrates to alert the driver, who can then choose to either continue delimbing or drop the log.
A thickness encoder located in the delimbing head measures the angle of the grip that grabs the tree. This angle is converted to diameter in centimetres and displayed on the tablet. More information from www.pentinpaja.fi
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The company’s latest report entitled ‘Biopower Market – Global Market Size, Average Price, Major Feedstock, Regulations and Key Country Analysis to 2025’ states that global biopower is a niche market in the renewable energy industry and is likely to grow at a significant rate in the future. Although bioenergy is not a new concept, recent advances have improved both performance and reliability. The increases in global energy demand and climate change concerns are the primary growth drivers for the biopower industry. Anchal Agarwal, GlobalData’s Analyst covering Power, explained: “The major driver for the successful deployment of large-scale biopower plants is government support in terms of renewable energy mandates and financial incentives, such as subsidies and production tax credits. Additionally, environmental regulations for emissions reductions discourage the use of fossil fuels for power generation, meaning alternatives such as biopower or other renewable energy sources are required”. More information from www.globaldata.com
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