In the Electric Worksite project, several big actors are taking concrete steps to electrify construction sites. With a focus on, among other things, building and construction projects and street maintenance, project partners collaborate on and test how electric machines can work in real urban environments in Gothenburg. Electrification within the sector is a central part of the adjustment required to achieve important environmental and climate goals.
The construction sector in Sweden has agreed on a joint roadmap with the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent by 2030 and reaching net zero emissions by 2045. The use of electrical work machines on construction sites, especially for energy-intensive works of various kinds, is an important step to achieve these goals and to reduce harmful emissions such as air pollution and noise.
In the Electric Worksite project, 13 different actors collaborate to show how electrified machines, such as wheel loaders, wheeled excavators and crawler excavators of various sizes, can be integrated into smaller and larger construction projects as well as maintenance activities such as street maintenance and snow removal.
The project has a clear focus on the system perspective where machines, energy storage and charging infrastructure are tested in different environments to clarify the need for changes in technical and organizational systems. Efforts are also being made to increase knowledge, build models and to develop a methodology intended to be used in a future system demonstration of a fully electrified construction site in Gothenburg.
The first tests will start in August 2021. During the project's two years, a number of both existing and coming machines will be tested in several different urban environments.
Volvo Construction Equipment, NCC, Göteborgs Stad, Chalmers Tekniska högskola, Lindholmen Science Park, Göteborg Energi, Johanneberg Science Park, Göteborgs Stads Leasing, RISE Research institutes of Sweden, ABB Electrifications Sweden, Riksbyggen, HSB Göteborg, Högskolan i Halmstad