Caterpillar aims to help customers use less fuel and generate fewer greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. These customer needs provide business opportunities for Caterpillar.
We continue to develop products with fewer direct emissions. In addition, we’re increasing our investment in high-efficiency energy conversion and electrification – working to increase power density, expand the use of alternative fuels, maximize efficiency of power systems, and introduce electrification into our product lines while significantly decreasing owning and operating costs. In doing so, we help our customers improve their own operations, while also driving our industry to improve.
A significant part of our business is committed to the supply of energy through efficient power-generation solutions. With distributed generation solutions using diesel and natural gas engines, as well as alternative fuels, we help get power where our customers need it. Caterpillar has implemented hundreds of distributed power generation systems all over the world, which contribute to improving energy access while emitting fewer GHG emissions compared with traditional power grid systems. We provide combined heat and power systems and combined-cycle power systems that can double the efficiency of power generation when compared with the efficiency of conventional power grids.
In addition, our power systems use fuels from diverse sources such as gas from landfills, livestock operations, wastewater treatment operations, mine methane, flare gas, syngas and biofuels. These systems provide energy diversity from plentiful (and in many cases, renewable) energy sources.
Autonomous Fleets in Action
Nowhere is Caterpillar’s autonomous technology making a bigger impact than at mine sites in Western Australia. In addition to safety benefits, the autonomous fleets have enabled significant cost and productivity improvements. Located in the Pilbara region, Fortescue Metals Group’s Solomon mine, with 60 autonomous trucks connected across more than 100 square miles, has seen productivity gains of up to 30 percent.