Radius teams up wth AMPD

UK tower crane rental company Radius has teamed up with Hong Kong based AMPD Energy to promote its battery powered Advanced Energy Storage System for jobs in ultra-low emission zones, sites without a high power connection to the grid, or simply where clients are looking for the site to be as close to carbon neutral as possible.

The first project to benefit from the partnership is a Winvic Construction site in Lancaster Street, Birmingham, where the contractor is building a 33 storey, 814 bedroom student accommodation block with nine and 12 storey ‘shoulder’ blocks to the sides and associated external works, including an external terrace at first floor level.
The Lancaster Street site this week

Radius has supplied the site with AMPD’s ‘Enertainer’ battery storage system, while also supplying and managing a Potain MR225 luffing jib tower crane which started out with a 77 metre hook height and will climb during the contract to 102 metres by 2025 when the job is due for completion.
Radius delivers one of the AMPD Enertainer energy storage units

The tower crane installation - note the Enertainer battery storage packs

The Enertainer, the size of half a shipping container, is designed to take input feed from any power source, including a low power mains connection, diesel generator or solar panels, and outputting a consistent and reliable power supply that can also handle the high power draws when a tower crane lifts a heavy load at speed or a large mast climber or hoist starts out on a lift cycle.
Radius said: “By integrating the Enertainer, Winvic's Lancaster Street project will benefit from:
- Improved energy efficiency
- Optimised energy usage, reducing reliance on traditional power sources and minimising energy waste.
- Enhanced reliability: ability to store and supply power seamlessly, ensuring uninterrupted power, crucial for maintaining project timelines and productivity.
- Sustainability: enables a greener construction process by lowering carbon emissions and promoting the use of clean energy.
A unit on site

Radius managing director Michel Fryer added: “Our partnership with AMPD Energy is a testament to Radius Group’s dedication to pioneering innovative solutions that drive sustainability in construction. We are excited to see the positive impact this collaboration will have on the Lancaster Street site and look forward to exploring further opportunities to enhance energy efficiency across our projects.”

Hayley Arckless, of AMPD Energy in the UK, said: "We are thrilled to collaborate with Radius Group and Winvic on this project. The deployment of our Enertainer underscores our commitment to revolutionising energy use in the construction industry. This partnership not only enhances the efficiency and reliability of the project's power supply but also represents a significant step towards a more sustainable future."
For more information on such alternative power supplies see Cranes & Access October June 2022.