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HarvestTECH News Summary – June 2024

This year’s big event did not disappoint. Wood Transport & Logistics 2024 ran last month in Rotorua, New Zealand, with over 200 from throughout NZ and Australia attending. The main theme was decarbonising our heavy transport fleets. Innovations in hydrogen, electric, and dual-fuel technologies were showcased, with notable insights from Wendy Fennell on Australia’s first electric log truck and Gareth Wishart on hydrogen-diesel dual fuel trials. New trucks and machinery were on full display in the venue’s car park, and many discussions went on well into the late hours of the evening. See below for full insights.

In stories this month, we include NZ’s first green hydrogen refuelling network for heavy freight, FWPA’s launching a new industry-wide decarbonisation plan and the first locally manufactured Madill log loader excavator. There is a new remote-controlled BurnBot firefighting technology, which has the potential to automate some wildfire mitigation, and a new TracPlus Beacon app leverage existing smartphone technology to improve tracking and safety in high-risk environments.

So grab a coffee and dive into this month’s stories.

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Key drivers to decarbonise heavy transport fleets

The industry was buzzing once again for the Wood Transport & Logistics 2024 event that ran last week in Rotorua, New Zealand. Well over 200 forestry and log transport companies from across Australasia, America and Europe, came to Rotorua to ...
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Hiringa launches hydrogen refuelling network

Taranaki-based green hydrogen developer Hiringa Energy has marked the opening of New Zealand’s first zero-emission green hydrogen refuelling network set to service heavy freight across the North Island. The initiative is the first of its kind in Australasia and was officially ...
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Remote-controlled firefighting technology demoed

BurnBot, an innovative firefighting technology, has been successfully demonstrated in Incline Village, Nevada. These remote-controlled machines can quickly clear vegetation, reducing wildfire risk. In just 2-3 days, BurnBot cleared 75% of the vegetation on 22 acres – a task that would take ...
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FWPA research funding for a carbon neutral 2050

FWPA has committed funding to research which will inform an industry-wide decarbonisation plan to lead the forest and wood products sector to achieve a better than carbon neutral outcome by 2050.  FWPA will spearhead this initiative, partnering with Australia Forest Products Association (AFPA) and Wood Beca to deliver this crucial roadmap. The ...
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NZ’s first locally manufactured Madill log loader excavators

In a progressive development for New Zealand’s industrial sector, DC Equipment, a Tasman-based manufacturing company, proudly announces the first-ever production run of Madill Log Loader Excavators right in the heart of Nelson-Tasman. This launch not only represents a significant achievement for ...
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New tracking app for high risk environments

TracPlus, a global provider of aerial firefighting software, has introduced the new TracPlus Beacon app. This innovative solution transforms smartphones into tracking devices, integrating with the TracPlus Cloud platform to extend tracking, operational oversight, and safety capabilities to various assets on ...
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Harvesting Micro Innovation Challenge 2024

Fresh off the success of the last Micro Innovation Programme, Forest Growers Research (FGR) and Micro Innovation have launched the new Harvesting Micro Innovation Challenge 2024. Workers and crews can submit their innovative ideas to improve harvesting operations and be in ...
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NSW EPA issues new rules for harvesting operations

NSW EPA issues new rules – 15 harvesting operations stood down Background For a period of several weeks, Forestry Corporation NSW and the NSW EPA had been discussing the interpretation of the search and survey requirements relating to protections for Greater ...
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