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Full-power autonomous street sweeper piloted in Helsinki

Trombia Technologies wants to unlock the potential for mass-electrification and carbon-neutralisation of one of the heaviest vehicle technologies in use in cities.

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Devices claim to use less than 15 per cent of power required by heavy suction sweeping tech
Devices claim to use less than 15 per cent of power required by heavy suction sweeping tech

Finnish street maintenance technology developer Trombia Technologies has launched what it claims is the world’s first full-power autonomous, electric street sweeper in Helsinki.

 

The Trombia Free cleaning devices claim to use less than 15 per cent of the power required by currently available heavy suction sweeping technologies. The company is seeking to cut three million CO2 metric tons annually.

 

This unlocks the potential for mass-electrification and carbon-neutralisation of one of the heaviest vehicle technologies in use in cities globally. The company is also introducing a new business model that enables the rapid replacement of diesel-fuelled street sweepers.

 

Power and performance

 

Trombia claims this the first time in the global heavy equipment industries that a diesel-fuelled heavy equipment vehicle is electrified without compromising the power and performance capabilities.

 

In a statement, it also said Trombia Free is the world’s first street cleaning device that is built to be operated fully autonomously in all-weather conditions in the modern smart cities and industrial destinations.

 

“We think about the over three million CO2 metric tons of carbon emissions that high power diesel-fuelled suction street sweepers around the world produce annually,” said Antti Nikkanen, CEO, Trombia Technologies. “The current vehicle technology relies on suction performance that was invented in the 1950s. We simply cannot enter 2020s green and sustainable era with such an outdated solution.

 

“With the globally patented Trombia technology we are able to take down the power requirement dramatically, so turning it into a beautiful and powerful, electrified and autonomous device has been an exciting journey to this day.”

“We simply cannot enter 2020s green and sustainable era with such an outdated solution”

Trombia Technologies has been developing the globally patented Trombia sweeping technology since 2013 and entered the market with sweeper attachments in 2017. The sweeper attachments are being sold in seven countries including North America and Northern and Central Europe. The carbon free and autonomous product, Trombia Free, is expected to roll-out through a pilot programme starting in 2021 to mass-deliveries in early 2022.

 

Jaakko Happonen, founder of Trombia Technologies, said the pilot will focus on different applications with the goal of developing a product and model range. “Trombia Free was developed below-the-radar in pilots with the Nordic European parking lot operator Aimo Park and for harder conditions with piling machinery manufacturer Junttan’s industrial plants. Now we move forward with increased focus on smart city sector,” said Happonen.

 

 

Trombia Free units are equipped with an all-weather autonomous, lidar-based, machine vision technology that filtrates the noise coming from the environment in rainy, snowy or alternative conditions. The advanced algorithm development has been carried out to absorb data on objects from various sources and to generate millions of illustrations of the object at once. This enables accurate and safe localisation in all-weather conditions.

 

New business model

 

Trombia Free also highlights the importance of rapid replacement of diesel-fuelled street sweepers. Trombia Free units are brought to the market including a pay-per-square metre business model that will allow contractors and operators to adopt Trombia Free faster than new technologies are normally adopted. Final product pricing is available at the pre-sales start during the summer 2021.

 

“We have worked to understand the total cost of street cleaning operations per square metre and can already say that Trombia Free will save money dramatically from the end users and the contractors,” added Nikkanen. “Even more, rapid roll-out helps saving our planet. While we also make regular purchasing options available, we believe this revenue-share model with contractors will be a fast way to deliver cleaner streets, cleaner urban air, more sustainably.”

 

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