The drive for smarter business practice is changing the way we at Botanical Group Services think about our resources and as such we are committed to ensuring we offer our customers the very latest advances to ensure they are at the cutting edge when it comes to horticultural service delivery.
Battery powered commercial grounds maintenance equipment which can be re-charged via solar panels. A range of equipment is available including: strimmers, blowers, hedge cutters and mowers.
Advances in battery technology have enabled grounds maintenance equipment to be used for extended periods making it more viable for commercial applications. While the batteries can be recharged through normal mains electricity, there is an option, where suitable, for the batteries to be re-charged through solar panels.
While the most obvious advantage is clearly a reduction in CO2 emissions other significant advantages.
On the health and safety side, no fuel preparation is required and there are no direct CO2 emissions or exhaust fumes. The machinery also reduces operator fatigue, vibration and noise pollution.
As for performance and costs, there are some great stats to share. Throughout its life, the battery is equivalent to using 3,000 litres of petrol and 60 litres of oil mix. A battery can pay for itself within the first year and is 80% recyclable. Projected cost of running for the life of the battery is about £101.00 or nil if charged by solar panel. The equivalent cost of fuel is approximately £4050.00.
There are numerous areas where this technology will deliver. Perhaps some of the greater benefits will be realised in areas such as the health and education sectors, not least due to the reduction in noise levels from these machines.
Key however to introducing the technology and reaping the greatest benefits is a shift of mind-set toward a more collaborative approach when it comes to procurement. Careful planning and flexible working are often needed to implement the technology particularly where solar panels are utilised.
The solar charged battery powered revolution is here and it’s already in commercial operation.