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Plantworx innovation award winners announced

Green technologies, security and engineering innovation have been acknowledged in the inaugural Plantworx awards, announced last week.

Komatsu’s hybrid excavator won the award for Environmental Innovation, one of five categories in the awards, which were organised in conjunction with the forthcoming Plantworx construction equipment event.

Awards judge Land & Water plant director Richard Maclean said the hybrid technology “makes a great deal of sense for excavators and saves a quarter of the fuel consumption and consequently CO2 emissions”.

Runner up in the environment category was TCP’s Eco Lite H2 lighting tower, which is powered by a hydrogen fuel cell, making it noise and emission-free.

JCB was highly commended for its Ecomax Stage IIIB/Tier 4i engine, which was also runner up in the Efficiency Innovation category.

It was beaten to that award by a satellite-based communication system for static and mobile connections on site. “Communications can be a real problem – especially at remote sites like [our] hydroelectric project in the Scottish Highlands,” said awards judge BAM Nuttall plant general manager Steve Jarvis.

Plantworx 2013 takes place at Stoneleigh Park, Coventry from 14-16 May.


The full list of winners is:

Efficiency Innovation

Winner: Ethnet – Static broadband solution
Runner up: JCB – Ecomax Stage IIIB engine
Highly commended: Prolec – Prolec machine engine

Environmental Innovation

Winner: Komatsu – Hybrid excavator
Runner up: TCP – Eco Lite H2 lighting tower
Highly commended: JCB – Ecomax Stage IIIB engine

Safety Innovation

Winner: Merlo – Dynamic load control
Runner up: Nobel Fire Systems – Stat-X fire suppresent
Highly commended: Hill Engineering – Tefra quick coupler; Miller – Miller Mate

Engineering Innovation

Winner: Hill Engineering – Tefra quick coupler
Runner up: Prolec – Prolec machine engine
Highly commended: Cemo – Fuel trolley

Security Innovation

Winner: Automatrics – Mtrack Proactive
Highly commended: OnGarde – Hybrid solar power station

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