Biomass fuel suppliers, AMP Clean Energy has put two new Volvo FM13.420 8×2 Tridem 32-tonne rigid tankers into operation. Both have been fitted with the first UK-supplied, Transmanut 31 cubic metre bulk transport bodies featuring dust extraction equipment.
The 5.1m wheelbase FMs are both powered by 420hp D13K engines and feature I-Shift gearboxes and Globetrotter sleeper cabs with front steel and rear air suspension systems. Both trucks will be based at AMP Clean Energy’s Berkshire and Cumbria depots to deliver wood pellets.
The tankers are the first in the UK to feature on-board screening to reduce dust issues and are part of an ongoing programme of customer service improvements at AMP Clean Energy. The non-tipping bodies use a pneumatic delivery system and can access a much wider range of customer premises than equivalent raised body vehicles.
Dust extraction is key to correct wood pellet burning in biomass boiler systems and the new Volvos’ permit AMP to double-screen pellets before customer delivery; once in the firm’s storage facility and additionally on-board the Transmanut tankers prior to delivery.
The rigids were also specified with an automatic sheeting system, so there is no need for the driver to work at height when loading. Additionally, Moba Class 3 ‘Charge by Weight,’ systems are used to validate each delivery of pellets.
Operating a fleet of 35 rigids and three articulated combinations, all on biomass fuel deliveries, AMP Clean Energy has recently purchased a total of eight new Volvo trucks.
AMP Logistics Director Tony Vick said: “These new state-of-the-art Volvo trucks have the ability to completely transform the way we can distribute, deliver and manage the quality of our wood pellets. We’re delighted to be the first to bring these vehicles to the UK market, and continue to enhance the customer experience.”