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Positive-impact products

Products with purpose

We know our customers want to conserve resources and reduce their carbon footprint. And we know that many countries have committed to ambitious targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80 per cent by 2050.

Around the world, we're helping to make this happen.

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Cleaner, more dependable power

Our products help to increase the amount of green power on the grid, as well as the efficient flow and use of that power. Our solutions help to reduce pollutants in the air we breathe and greenhouse gases in our atmosphere. We manufacture a variety of components for utility-scale renewable power generation, including proportional valves used in hydropower dams, wind turbines and concentrated solar power systems. Our microgrid technology optimises energy resiliency and independence by integrating electrical power from multiple distributed generation sources, including generators, solar, wind and energy storage. Whether operating in parallel with the grid or as a standalone electrical power system, microgrids help to maintain system stability, shave peak demand and shift loads. 

We’re part of the Power Africa initiative to add 30,000+ megawatts of cleaner power by 2030
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We’re part of the Power Africa initiative to add 30,000+ megawatts of cleaner power by 2030
The percentage of the global population today with access to basic electrical services
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The percentage of the global population today with access to basic electrical services
The goal of the UN’s Agenda for Sustainable Development is to achieve universal access to electricity by 2030
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The goal of the UN’s Agenda for Sustainable Development is to achieve universal access to electricity by 2030

Solutions for wind and solar

Efficient liquid cooling

Today, more manufacturers are utilising liquid cooling because it transfers heat far more efficiently than air, thus helping to ensure the safe and effective operation of system components at stable temperatures. In 2018, we launched our new aluminium flat face couplings, which are designed for high vibration and heat environments, such as the electrical component cabinets in wind turbines and solar plants. These couplings complement our existing thermal management coupling and other fluid conveyance products. This portfolio is specially designed to reduce maintenance, improve uptime and achieve greater cooling effectiveness in the most challenging applications. 

Hydraulic pitch control optimises renewable production

In wind turbine applications, Eaton power units, along with control valves and hydraulic cylinders, optimise the pitch angle of turbine blades and thereby the power production, while limiting loads on the turbine structure. Our hydraulic disc and caliper brakes bring the turbine to a safe and complete stop. 

Our hydraulic valve and hose technology is used at large concentrated solar power plants to angle solar panels to track the sun. Using hydraulics as the drive and positioning technology allows for precise, small and frequent movements under extreme conditions, including wind and dust. 

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Percentage increase in the growth of electricity generated from solar power since 1990
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Percentage increase in electricity generated using wind energy since 1990
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Renewable energy makes up almost 25 % of world energy production

Moving toward sustainable mobility

Between today and 2030, there will be nearly 2 billion vehicles on the road, and the International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates that 125 million of these will be electric.  Our eMobility business, launched in 2018, is producing technologies for electric, hybrid and fuel cell commercial vehicles.  Whether it’s a long-haul truck traversing the highway, a delivery vehicle making frequent stops or a bus moving commuters across a busy metropolis, we’re developing new technologies that improve efficiency and safety—without sacrificing performance. At the same time, we recognise that the vast majority of vehicles will still rely on internal combustion engines, so we remain dedicated to reducing tailpipe emissions, such as nitrous oxide, and decreasing fuel consumption for these vehicles.

Electrification of transportation

We design components that help electric vehicles be more efficient, with longer battery life and range. As voltage rates increase in EVs, our power protection components help make them safer. And we make EVs more intelligent by connecting them with systems and providing data that help original equipment manufacturers both improve overall vehicle power balance and communicate with end-users, notifying them of what’s going on with their vehicle.

  • Power-dense, high-voltage inverters deliver electric power from the battery to the wheels efficiently and with less weight, thereby increasing the driving range. 
  • Bussmann series fuses open up to 10 times faster, helping protect circuits under high fault-current conditions. 
  • High-voltage DC/DC converters let customers travel safely in style by converting high voltages to low and powering infotainment and safety systems. 
  • Intelligent power distribution units send power where it needs to go, safely and reliably. The units are smart enough to predict fuse life and even alert the driver in advance to loss of power, activating a mode that helps the driver reach safety and service. 
  • EV transmissions improve performance on steep grades, allowing electric motors to operate more efficiently. 
  • Our 48-volt mild hybrid system captures energy during braking and coasting, improving fuel economy over long and short trips and cooling a sleeper cab on hot nights.

More efficient combustion engines

In addition to our role in vehicle electrification, our products make internal combustion engines more efficient. Examples include our diesel cylinder deactivation and variable valve actuation technologies. Both technologies can be used to reduce fuel consumption by between 5 and 25 per cent. Another technology is our TVS EGR pump, which is designed to save fuel while meeting new global emission regulations. Our joint venture with Cummins, Eaton Cummins Automated Transmission Technologies, has developed the Procision dual-clutch transmission, an efficient design that delivers up to 8 per cent better fuel economy than a competitive torque converter automatic transmission. It also has a lube change interval that is three times longer than competing products (150,000 miles vs. 50,000 miles). 

The number of electric vehicles forecast to be on the road by 2030
125 million
The number of electric vehicles forecast to be on the road by 2030
Connected truck telematics can help fleet owners reduce maintenance costs and consume up to 20 % less material per year
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Connected truck telematics can help fleet owners reduce maintenance costs and consume up to 20 % less material per year
Our hybrid power systems for commercial vehicles can reduce carbon dioxide emissions by up to 70 per cent
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Our hybrid power systems for commercial vehicles can reduce carbon dioxide emissions by up to 70 per cent

Agricultural productivity and clean water

By 2050, the world’s population will exceed 9.8 billion—placing increased pressure on already insufficient food production and water resources. Our products and solutions enable machinery to boost agricultural productivity, increase harvest equipment efficiency and improve crop yield. We also make self-cleaning and mechanically cleaned filters to remove sediment and other suspended solids commonly found in surface and ground water. Water quality agencies and industry rely on these filters, helping them meet their watershed protection obligations and protect public health.

Using IoT technologies, our hydraulic solutions reduce fuel use by 10 to 15 per cent in sugarcane harvesters while enhancing productivity and lowering operating costs. The harvesters leverage our on-board software that allows the machine to take input commands, interpret data from sensors and respond quickly. Data analytics provide real-time vehicle control and performance, helping to improve equipment availability, reduce yield loss and optimise harvesting efficiency.

The percentage by which water demand is estimated to increase by 2050
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The percentage by which water demand is estimated to increase by 2050
The percentage by which food production will need to increase by 2050 to feed the world’s estimated population of 9.8 billion
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The percentage by which food production will need to increase by 2050 to feed the world’s estimated population of 9.8 billion
Agriculture accounts for about 13.5 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions
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Agriculture accounts for about 13.5 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions

Our handprint tool

Handprinting is a relatively new concept developed to measure the benefits of actions taken in an organisation's indirect control, or completely outside of it. As part of our collaboration with the MIT Sustainability and Health Initiative for Net Positive Enterprise (SHINE), we developed an initial handprint tool to calculate the reduction in carbon emissions from new products that our customers use compared to existing products for the same purpose. 

The most accurate way of quantifying the positive impact of our products on decarbonisation is by conducting a comparative life cycle assessment for each of our innovative new products against an alternative, taking into account the specific application and usage scenario for each product sold. The handprint calculator simplifies assumptions and generic data for some life cycle phases, while increasing context-specific data in the use phase, providing an increased fidelity.

The calculator also acts as a first-screening tool for identifying improvement opportunities, discovering areas for deeper investigation where more accurate modelling is needed and helping create awareness around life cycle thinking for our product development engineers. The output from the tool will help us measure and steer our innovation portfolio toward being net positive on carbon. The calculator is currently undergoing detailed piloting on our innovation portfolio before formal integration into our new product introduction process.

While a traditional full life cycle assessment would take several hundreds of hours to complete for one product, our handprint tool provides an assessment in a few hours. This is very important to us as we engage with our customers on the environmental benefits of our products and inform other stakeholders of such benefits.

Using the SHINE framework, we can better calculate the "handprint"—or positive impact—of our products. Our handprint is the measurement of the combined impact of our operations with the impact of the application of our products. A positive handprint results when a product or operation reduces impact to air, water or soil,  or improves health and well-being compared to business as usual.