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Hybrid applications

Brief peak capacities that provide power from the batteries via inverters make the system more efficient and prevent any unnecessary use of often oversized generators, which are both polluting and require expensive maintenance.

In its place we have a smart system that efficiently supplements the limited generator capacity (peak shaving) or even makes it entirely redundant. The use of efficient and high-energy Lithium Ion batteries means it is even possible to charge the batteries using brake power and solar panels.

Tailored advice

Mastervolt works closely on electric engines and controllers with partners who have a solid reputation for battery-powered propulsion technology. Together with Mastervolt, these specialists will be pleased to explain the best propulsion solutions and related prices and delivery details. In this way, Mastervolt provides a contemporary solution for composing bespoke propulsion systems!

The power of electric and hybrid propulsion

Mastervolt is a specialist in the conversion, storage and management of electric power. Our battery chargers, inverters, digital switching systems, Combis and Lithium Ion batteries are global market leaders. Combined with your electric propulsion, these components represent the perfect building blocks for a safe and fully reliable electric system. Our smart solutions are super-quiet, exceptionally clean and can be fully integrated with any system.



An example is the hybrid system solution shown above, which we developed in cooperation with FrieslandCampina. To achieve the emission targets that Campina set for itself, it developed a hybrid version of a milk truck in partnership with Van der Mierden transport, De Burgh Acht, ID-Technology and Mastervolt. 

In this system, the pumps which move milk from the tanks at the farm into the tanker truck are electrically driven by 48 V motors. The power is provided by two Mastervolt MLI 24/5000 Lithium Ion batteries, which are in turn charged by a 48 V generator (electric motor) mounted on the moving vehicle, as well as by solar panels fitted on the tanker. The generator transforms braking energy produced by the vehicle into electricity.

Conventional milk pumps are driven by hydraulic engines on the vehicle’s PTO, which makes the system hugely inefficient and means the engine requires far more maintenance due to contamination. This hybrid system now saves about 30 % in fuel consumption, reduces engine maintenance costs by some 15-20 %, and in practice hugely decreases the cleaning costs linked to soot in the engine.