WITTMANN BATTENFELD will present to Fakuma visitors an all-electric machine from the new EcoPower B8X series driven via a solar power storage battery at the booth of the WITTMANN Group No. 1204 in hall B1.
The concept of operating a machine with direct current generated by renewable energy from solar power was presented by WITTMANN BATTENFELD for the first time at the K 2022, and has met with wide interest. Firstly, supplying a machine with energy generated by an inhouse solar power station enables users to save costs and preserve the environment as well. Secondly, direct current can be stored easily in batteries and is thus an ideal means to cover expensive current peaks and improve the reliability of power supply. An additional advantage is the possibility of saving CO2 emissions by using direct current technology to increase energy efficiency and save resources.
The all-electric EcoPower from WITTMANN BATTENFELD, equipped with highly dynamic servo motors to drive its main movements, is particularly suitable for use in a DC power network. The machine comes with the patented KERS – kinetic energy recovery system – as standard. This system converts kinetic energy into electric energy during deceleration processes. The resulting electric current is then used within the machine, for example for barrel heating. With KERS, the energy consumption can be reduced still further. This equally applies to a DC compatible robot, which is powered directly via the DC voltage interim circuit of the EcoPower and then also returns any surplus energy to the interim circuit whenever its axes are decelerated. If the machine operates in a DC network, the deceleration energy can also be fed into the DC network. In this way, other machines connected with the DC network can also be powered by this energy, or the energy can be stored in batteries.