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Can Solar Energy Actually Replace Diesel?

Diesel has long been the backbone of construction and getting the industry to move away from it is no easy task. Lifos may have the answer with their solar energy generator.

Go green with the new Lifos Fort

At the recent Executive Hire Show in Coventry, many of the venders were showing off their new innovations for a zero-emission future. We saw a lot of different stuff on show, from electric excavators to new generators. Out of all the generators though, one company seemed to catch our eye.

Lifos are new to the industry, starting in 2017 as a sister brand to Solar Technology International, they created their Go range. With a team comprising of some of the finest lithium chemists, electrical engineers, and CAD designers, Lifos brings a quality and expertise to the game that is gladly welcomed.

At this years show, they were there to show off their new Lifos Fort, a new solar powered generator that can power a site or backup older generators to help them become a hybrid of fossil fuels and lithium power. We spoke to managing director Adrian Williams to explain the machine in a bit more detail for us.

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Their site states “Lifos Fort is a complete renewable power system in a box that is easily transported and quickly deployed. Fully hybridisable with its own solar panels (included), genset or even wind turbine; there are no circumstances where the Lifos Fort won’t save money (on diesel charges) and lower your energy emissions.”

They also mention that the machine has a five-year warranty and battery replacements after seven years. So, the machine is clearly intended to be a long-term addition to your team. They also have an app to provide essential data for the machine.

No, of course not. The industry, and the general public, will still be using diesel for a while. The government has issued that diesel cars will stop being sold in 2030 but that is only for new vehicles. A large amount of the general public use second hand cars, some that are 10+ years old, and that will continue past 2030. However, we can expect the price of fuel to increase, road tax to go up, and other legislations to make diesel and petrol less of a viable option.

For now, fossil fuels are still the main options on the market. However, with big changes coming, we should start planning for the future. Lowering our emissions, going green, and using alternative power sources is a must and we should be looking into those changes now.

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What is a hybrid generator?

The biggest gripe people have about electric energy is the fear that it will run out. Once your battery is flat you can’t just pour in some electricity and off you go… you have to wait for it to charge, and waiting means you’re losing money. While most electric alternatives now have batteries that can tackle most situations people still have a fear of converting to this new energy source.

However, products such as the Lifos Fort offer you the ability to carry on using your diesel generators whilst making them go further. Lower your emissions with a hybrid future.

Will Construction have to transition to electric power?

With more and more regulations coming into place, we are seeing the industry pushing towards alternative fuel sources. The government is clearly trying to usher the UK away from diesel and petrol, to help grow a greener future, which means we have to prepare to make the transition as well.

Companies like Lifos are making that future seem more viable.

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