Sun Hydraulics (Sun), a Helios Technologies (Helios) company, introduced ENERGEN, a unique cartridge valve that converts hydraulic flow into electric energy. ENERGEN is a new product in the recently announced ecoline program and a direct result of a long-standing focus on quality, performance, and innovation.
“We are delivering innovation by capitalizing on our expertise in hydraulics and electronics to create one-of-a-kind solutions that will drive change throughout the markets we serve,” said Josef Matosevic, Helios President and Chief Executive Officer. “ENERGEN is a unique solution that creates electrical power by capturing wasted energy from hydraulic fluid flow, which can then be used to support the growing number of electrical applications required in mobile equipment. Electrification creates more need for power — Helios is creating ways to meet that need.”
The rising costs of fuel, increasing use of electrification, and introduction of battery-powered electric vehicles are increasing the importance of electrical power management. Sun’s ENERGEN solution is a timely direct response to what the market wants.
By understanding the increasing requirement for electric power and the parasitic energy loss in hydraulics, Sun created this innovative check valve solution in record time. The energy regeneration capability of the ENERGEN cartridge valve is attributed to an integrated generator that converts otherwise lost power into usable energy. This energy can be redirected to control electronics, such as solenoid valves and sensors, or to charge a battery within an application’s system.
The highly engineered generator within a cartridge valve produces supplemental electrical power in situations where increasing demands for electrification have made some electrical power sources insufficient. Equally important, ENERGEN provides energy where manufacturers have traditionally not been able to run an electrical harness, unlocking functionality that was previously not possible.