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Atlas Copco’s new ZenergiZe energy storage systems deliver clean and quiet power in a compact package

Atlas Copco has launched ZenergiZe, a new range of lithium-ion energy storage systems that can be used as a standalone solution or combined with generators to create a hybrid power solution. ZenergiZe delivers zero CO2 emissions, zero noise, and have virtually zero maintenance needs, enabling operators to minimize environmental impact while benefiting from a low cost of ownership. Atlas Copco is the first global generator manufacturer to address the market’s needs with such a concept.

ZBP 45 energy storage system

The ZenergiZe range features two models, ZBE and ZBP. They offer rated powers of 15kVA and 45kVA, and energy storage capacities of 45kWh, capable of delivering small-medium power with long autonomy. The versatile energy storage systems can be used together with a generator to enable smart load management. Alternatively, they can serve as the primary source of power when used in the island mode. For example, it is ideal for powering a transmitter with 5kW over 8 hours. The ZenergiZe units are an ideal way to meet operating and safety restrictions in noise-sensitive environments such as events and metropolitan construction sites, to power remote telecom applications, or to resolve low load problems.

Designed with sustainability in mind, the energy storage systems enable users to minimize the environmental impact of their operation by significantly reducing fuel consumption and emissions. In the hybrid mode, using a ZenergiZe unit in combination with a QAS80 generator, operators can reduce fuel consumption by up to 50 percent over 12 hours compared to using a larger stand-alone QAS125 generator. Furthermore, during its lifecycle, a ZenergiZe unit only emits 50 percent of the emissions of a standard standalone generator, saving approximately 100 tons of CO2 – the equivalent of planting 450 trees (assuming a tree life of 30 years). When used in the island mode, the CO2 savings can reach up to 100 percent if the unit is powered by renewable energy sources.

With a footprint of just 1.4 m2, the ZenergiZe range is ideal for applications where floor space is limited. The use of high-density lithium-ion batteries means that they are 70 percent smaller and lighter in weight than traditional standalone generators, allowing transport without any specialist equipment. In the hybrid mode, when used together with a generator, they enable smart load management by helping the generator reach the peaks of power. This optimizes the generator’s performance and extends its lifespan, allowing its size to be reduced by 40 percent.

To further enhance ease of use and reduce the total cost of ownership (TCO), the ZenergiZe storage systems require virtually no maintenance. The lithium-ion technology facilitates a lifespan of 40,000 working hours in normal conditions, with an overload capability of 150 percent. In low load applications, a ZenergiZe unit can provide the required power for more than 12 hours without needing to be recharged. The simple recharging process takes only 1.5 hours, and the lithium-ion technology enables charging using various energy sources such as a generator, the grid, or renewable energy. Additionally, the ZenergiZe units offer a wide usable energy range compared to other technologies and can maintain performance in ambient temperatures of -20ºC up to 50ºC.

At Atlas Copco we are driven by innovation and are ultimately looking to deliver sustainable value to our customers,. The market is demanding cleaner energy and power sources, and electrification is a key technological trend for industrial machinery. Advances in lithium battery technology mean that we are now able to deliver a product with the high reliability that our customers have come to expect from us.

Barbara Gregorio , Product Marketing Manager – Innovative Energies & Digital Solutions

Atlas Copco’s Power and Flow Division

HiLight V5+, a reliable partner in the extreme conditions at the Iscaycruz mine in Peru

JRC, a Peruvian company dedicated to the development and construction of mining projects and infrastructure works for mining, has recently purchased six HiLight V5+ light towers from Atlas Copco. These units have been proven to be the perfect solution for JRC’s operations at the Iscaycruz mine (Peru), where the altitude conditions are extreme, ensuring a continuous and efficient operation.

The Peruvian company, with more than 20 years of experience focusing on the integral service of all production processes in underground mines, has experienced sustained growth over the years. For JRC, the success of its operation in the Iscaycruz mine project is of vital importance as it will be the first step to win new projects in open-pit mines.

Working at 5,000 m altitude

Iscaycruz, owned by Empresa Minera Los Quenuales S.A (Glencore Group), is a polymetallic deposit with four mines in production: Limpe, Chupa, Tinyag 1 and Tinyag 2. Due to its altitude of 4,700 to 5,000 meters, Iscaycruz is in one of the most challenging areas of Peru. “The survival in this area is very hard, both for people and equipment: we worked with light towers from another manufacturer for a while and they did not work out. The three-cylinder engines shut down after two hours working and the lamps broke easily”, says Julio Tello, JRC Equipment Manager.

The tough working conditions and the lack of having the right light tower for this project led to heavy losses for JRC, due to the impossibility of starting the night shift. To solve this issue, the Peruvian company tested on site a HiLight V5+ light tower from Atlas Copco to ensure this unit was the right equipment for the project. After carrying out the test, JRC purchased six HiLight V5+ light towers to be used at Iscaycruz mine.

Hardhat light tower in the mine

The tough working conditions and the lack of having the right light tower for this project led to heavy losses for JRC, due to the impossibility of starting the night shift. To solve this issue, the Peruvian company tested on site a HiLight V5+ light tower from Atlas Copco to ensure this unit was the right equipment for the project. After carrying out the test, JRC purchased six HiLight V5+ light towers to be used at Iscaycruz mine.

Atlas Copco’s HiLight V5+ light tower has been designed for the most demanding conditions. Featuring a HardHat® canopy as standard, which ensures maximum protection of internal parts. Its design includes directional optic lenses that maximise practical light coverage while minimising dark spots. A single light tower has four LED floodlights each projecting 350W of light and the HiLight H5+ can illuminate an area of up to 5,000 m2; providing an average brightness of 20 lux. The LED lamps offer users higher durability without any deterioration in lux level and have a life expectancy of more than 50,000 hours. Additionally, the HiLight H5+ light tower offers low fuel consumption, offering a run time between refuelling of 260 hours and consumes less than 0.5 litres of fuel per hour.

“The acquisition of Atlas Copco’s HiLight V5+ light towers with two-cylinder engines changed the whole picture for us. It’s a solution that has been radical”, says Julio Tello. “Until now, JRC’s expertise has been mainly underground mining projects, however the operations at Iscaycruz is showing that we are the right fit for open-pit operations, that is why we are preparing seven mining projects in Peru and one in Mexico. The HiLight V5+ light towers are helping us to operate this type of project perfectly”.


Nelson Batistucci, Atlas Copco Business Line Manager for the Andean region explains: “In order to deliver the right solution for our customers, we need to understand their needs well. In this case, considering the challenges of working at extreme altitude, as it is common for many of our mining customers in Peru, helped us choose the right light tower for JRC.  At Atlas Copco, we are strongly committed to technological innovation and have a highly skilled team to analyse the challenges and provide the best solution for our customers.”

Atlas Copco to showcase latest innovations in clean drive technology at BAUMA 2019

At BAUMA 2019 Atlas Copco is set to unveil new sustainable portable air, power and flow equipment that reduces operational expenditure through enhanced clean drive technology, connectivity and versatility.

Our forthcoming innovations are powered by the latest advances in lithium-ion batteries, Stage V compatible engines and energy-efficient electric motors – combined with digitalization and connectivity. By further optimising this equipment through our expertise in drives and controls we are able to provide customers with the solutions required to improve their performance while also supporting efforts to reduce carbon and noise emissions.

Andrew Walker , President of the Atlas Copco Power Technique Business Area

Powering the future

The company will also use the exhibition as a forum to provide companies with guidance about Stage V engine regulations and how its equipment offers a smooth transition towards compliance and beyond. With this in mind, Atlas Copco will launch a free e-guide prior to BAUMA that outlines what Stage V is, its implications for operators, and how it applies to the current and future design and use of portable compressors, dewatering pumps, light towers and generators.

Improving air quality and lowering noise levels are ever present concerns for the public, municipal authorities and those who purchase and use construction equipment. For this reason, Atlas Copco is inviting people attending BAUMA to visit Stand 1108/1, where it will showcase innovative equipment that is quieter, cleaner, smaller in footprint and offers reduced carbon and noise emissions; as well as high levels of performance and versatility.

More information about new products

The new QAS 60/35 VSG generator

Indeed, Atlas Copco will unveil a new range of clean drive technology equipment: the E-air electric-powered portable compressors and the near-silent battery-powered HiLight Z3+ light tower. These new clean drive technologies offer an alternative for diesel driven units in metropolitan construction areas and public events. No diesel engine means no refueling, increasing the efficiency and autonomy on a working site. In addition, maintenance is optimized and noise levels are decreased. Easy to install and connect, the most important innovation of the E-Air compressors and Z3+ light tower is that they emit no emissions, meaning owners don’t have to worry about any future emission regulations.

In areas where it is not possible to use electric or battery-powered technologies, such as remote locations without access to the grid or in applications with high-power requirements, customers stand to benefit from Atlas Copco’s integration of advanced fixed-speed and variable speed driven motors within its Stage V compliant diesel-powered construction equipment. New innovations to be exhibited in this area include the latest models from the QAS 5 generator range, as well as the new QAS VSG with variable speed technology: both models offer less fuel consumption and emissions together with a smaller footprint.

The QAS VSG (Variable Speed Generator) represents a gamechanger in terms of operational savings, performance and reliability. The superior low-load performance of the QAS 60/35 VSG, which features automatic variable speed control from 950 to 2550 rpm and a built-in Power Management System (PMS), enables fuel consumption levels to be reduced by up to 40 per cent against comparable models.

Developed in response to today’s operational challenges, the latest QAS 5 models offer end users in the construction, events and industrial sectors quieter operation, a 20 per cent smaller footprint than comparable models on the market, reduced engine emissions, faster plug-and-play paralleling, enhanced fuel economy, 24hr autonomy and lower total cost of ownership. As a consequence, the QAS 5 range helps customers to improve their fleet utilization and return on investment.

The XC4004 Smart Air controller

Furthermore, Atlas Copco will showcase the new Smart Air XC4004 compressor controller, which is IP67 rated and enables users to increase uptime by providing fast insights via an easy-to-use interface. In addition, it will present the latest models from the XATS portable compressor range, which feature the intuitive PACE system (Pressure Adjusted through Cognitive Electronics). This provides the versatility to select multiple pressure and flow settings, enabling operators to improve utilization of a single compressor and increase the return on investment. In addition, visitors can experience a wide range of handheld tools.

WEDA submersible pump range

In the run-up to BAUMA, Atlas Copco will also announce new additions to its WEDA+ range of electric submersible pumps; including new solutions for sludge and slurry applications. Meanwhile, at the exhibition itself the company will showcase its complete portfolio of surface pumps. This includes the PAS dry pump solution that supports many different applications; such as sewage, metropolitan construction and emergencies. Experts will also be on hand to explain why WEL pumps represent the optimum solution for well-point applications.

Visitors to will also have the opportunity to learn about the latest extension of the FleetLink telematics system that enables operators to track the location and utilization of their assets in real-time. Meanwhile, by scanning the QR code displayed on all Atlas Copco units easy access is provided to all relevant content through the PowerConnect app: manuals, spare parts, service videos and much more. In addition, Atlas Copco will be launching the new LightThePower app to help customers correctly size their light and power equipment, and achieve easy paralleling.

New battery-powered LED light tower from Atlas Copco offers zero noise and emissions

28 January 2019: Atlas Copco has introduced its first-ever battery-powered LED light tower. Offering run times of up to 32 hours, an extended lifespan, minimal maintenance and low operational costs, the compact HiLight Z3+ is powered by lithium-ion batteries and provides enhanced illumination for metropolitan construction sites, outdoor events and industrial areas. Zero noise during operation and the absence of engine emissions ensure full environmental compliance in urban locations.

This launch represents a major leap forward in terms of what is achievable with a battery-powered light tower. Before selecting the battery type, we undertook extensive R&D to ensure we would provide our customers with the best-in-class performance they expect – not just in terms of running hours, but also reliability, ease-of-use and total cost of ownership. The end result is the HiLight Z3+, which offers a yearly reduction of 1 tonne of CO2 emissions and diesel savings of more than 1,000 litres*.

Felix Gomez , Product Marketing Manager for Light Towers at Atlas Copco’s Power and Flow division

The enhanced performance of the HiLight Z3+ light tower stems from its use of lithium-ion battery technology. In comparison to lead-acid and gel battery types, it offers up to 20 per cent more DoD (Depth of Discharge), three times more energy density and a lifetime of 6,000 cycles; equivalent to 6 times more than alternative technologies. Furthermore, the light tower’s charging time, directly from auxiliary, grid or portable generator supply units is just 6 hours for the standard Z3+ unit.

The HiLight Z3+ features a high luminosity lamp assembly comprised of 4 x 160 W LEDs, with a life expectancy of 50,000 hours. Combined with specially designed directional glass optics, the floodlights provide optimal light distribution over a 3000 m2 illumination area. The LED lighting units are supported by a hydraulically elevated vertical mast, certified wind-stable up to 80 km/h, with a maximum operating height of 8 m.

Capable of operating within a temperature range of -20 to 50 degrees C, the Z3+ has been designed with portability and transportation efficiency in mind. The compact dimensions of the light tower, which measures 1160 x 1160 x 2500 mm, allow up to 22 units to be accommodated on a 13-metre truck. All-weather protection is provided by a galvanised steel canopy and powder coated paintwork.

The HiLight range of battery, electric and diesel-powered, LED and metal halide light towers is designed to offer the widest choice for construction, road works, public events, and industrial applications. Atlas Copco offers a broad range of flexible and dynamic portable lighting solutions, which combine robust build quality and compact size, while addressing all aspects of efficiency, safety and environmental impact.

Atlas Copco introduces the DrillAir Y35 – A new benchmark in portable drilling efficiency

Atlas Copco has launched the new DrillAir Y35 portable compressor. The DrillAir Y35 can drill two 4.5” geothermal wells in a single day, with its high penetration rates significantly reducing the fuel cost per metre drilled*.

Specifically designed for geothermal drilling applications, the DrillAir Y35 offers significant increases in drilling rates, fuel efficiency and reliability thanks to its 35 bar pressure and 34.8 m3/min (580 l/s) flow.

The DrillAir Y35 reduces the time and associated costs of geothermal drilling, representing a new benchmark in portable drilling efficiency. Lower maintenance costs, less fuel consumption, increased uptime and faster drilling all make a positive contribution to a driller’s bottom line.

Dmitry Karablinov , Product Manager, Atlas Copco Portable Energy.

The DrillAir Y35 makes it possible for operators to drill both faster and deeper. Thanks to its 35 bar working pressure, drilling depths of 500 metres per day are achievable. One reason for this is the Y35’s integrated Dynamic Flow Boost technology that can be used to increase flow from 34.8 to 39m3/min (650 l/s), providing faster flushing and stem refill and ultimately a quicker finish time. When required, the working pressure range can also be set as low as 15 bar with Atlas Copco’s patented Extended Pressure Range (XPR) technology. This helps prevent soil cavitation during overburden drilling, as well as enabling the same compressor to be used for both geothermal and foundation drilling.

The new compressor includes a reliable Scania engine that is compliant with Stage IV emission standards** for non-road engines. The DrillAir Y35 meets all the latest environmental standards, and is a low noise machine making it suitable for construction projects in built-up urban and residential areas. Other features including a built-in oil cleaner, saver ring and separate cylinder heads, contribute to an extended service life.

The DrillAir Y35 was designed and built for reliable performance. A three-layer coating protects all bodywork to increase lifetime and residual value. Ease of transportation played a big part in the overall design of the DrillAir Y35. Its compact dimensions, including a short 4.1 metre compressor frame and lower weight, ensure that a single truck can carry both the compressor and the rig. This also provides for improved manoeuvrability on site.

With the DrillAir Y35, maintenance and repair costs are fixed for the first two years or 4000 running hours with Atlas Copco’s standard warranty package. Service costs can also be fixed for the lifetime of the machine with a range of customisable service plans.

*The DrillAir Y35 consumes less than 2.2 litres of fuel per meter drilled, dependent on various operational parameters.

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