Don't underestimate the benefits of fluid power technology, especially the power densities that are possible when it comes to control of heavy equipment like excavators. A lot is also being done to optimize these systems for greater fuel efficiency.
In reality, a lot of mobile hydraulics work in areas where electrical power would be rather inconvenient. BUT adding a start-stop function to the driver as well as a system to only deliver the required power could be a good start. Using variable speed drive and on/off control valves instead of servo valves offers a good improvement in efficiency, and also has the potential for better performance. The best part is that the biggest new development would be in the controls, not in the hardware. Of course, design for minimum loss is the other requirement, but it is not new at all. These are the ways to double hydraulic system efficiency.
Sounds great that energy efficiency is coming to the mobile hydraulics world. I would think this market would be a natural for EV technology. Even though this is "mobile" hydraulics, much of its use is in a relatively small area, small enough that a plug running to the equipment would be reasonable in many instances.
A few weeks ago, Ford Motor Co. quietly announced that it was rolling out a new wrinkle to the powerful safety feature called stability control, adding even more lifesaving potential to a technology that has already been very successful.
It won't be too much longer and hardware design, as we used to know it, will be remembered alongside the slide rule and the Karnaugh map. You will need to move beyond those familiar bits and bytes into the new world of software centric design.
People who want to take advantage of solar energy in their homes no longer need to install a bolt-on solar-panel system atop their houses -- they can integrate solar-energy-harvesting shingles directing into an existing or new roof instead.
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