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DiBO designs energy-efficient hybrid high-pressure cleaner

DiBO is paying increasing attention to ecological aspects when developing new machinery. For customers, this means a longer lifetime for their cleaning units, the possibility of using green energy, energy efficiency, and reduced emissions. A new hybrid high-pressure cleaner would meet these needs. The company called in Sirris for the development of this product. Our team worked with DiBO on devising the technological innovation plan and provided conceptual-engineering support.
  • DiBO was looking for energy savings and ecological improvements for a line of industrial high-pressure cleaners.
  • Sirris helped to draw up an innovation plan for a hybrid cleaner, examined areas for improvement, and put forward ideas for solutions.
  • The technology behind the Dual Power Heating System, the result of this collaboration, will also be rolled out to other product lines.

For over 35 years, DiBO has been designing and manufacturing an extensive range of high-pressure cleaners, industrial cleaning units, vehicle washing systems, and high-pressure units. The company has a manufacturing plant in Belgium and sales and service branches in Belgium, the Netherlands, France and Germany.

The Dual Power Heating System proved a success, and DiBO is now investigating how they can roll out this hybrid concept to other products

From diesel to hybrid

The DiBO high-pressure cleaners use diesel-based oil burners to heat up the water they need. However, the machinery manufacturer, in its desire to use green electric energy and reduce emissions, was very much on the lookout for an electric hybrid variant of this heating system. Sirris along with KU Leuven was glad to play its part in the groundbreaking overhaul of the entire burner system this involved.

From energy monitoring to feasibility study

Sirris examined all the power consumption of the existing cleaning units, from the burner through to the pump, to check where energy savings could be made. Meanwhile, KU Leuven took the lead in terms of the technology behind the oil burner. We then investigated the feasibility of a hybrid burner and put forward further areas for improvement in the areas of control technology, optimal energy management, and thermal management.

Rollout to other product lines

In mid-2016, DiBO presented its new line of high-pressure cleaning using the Dual Power Heating System, consuming less diesel and so emitting less CO2. The success of the unit coupled with that of its collaboration encouraged DiBO to push on in this direction and so the company started investigating also rolling out this hybrid approach to other product lines.