With the PD10 solar pile driver, Vermeer offers solar industry pioneers the high-quality, productive equipment solution this rapidly expanding market demands.
Power49 hp (36.5 kW)
Customer Civil and Allied Technical Construction (CATCON)
Location Barcaldine solar farm, Queensland
Equipment PD10 Pile Driver
Vermeer Solar Pile Driver Hits Pay Dirt in Barcaldine
With a target of over 100 piles per day and strict accuracy requirements, initial scepticism turned to delight when a contractor trialled a new pile driver at Central West Queensland’s Barcaldine solar farm and was able to double the quota and finish the job six weeks early.
As the leading solar pile driver in the US market, Vermeer’s PD10 is utilised in around 65% of US large-scale solar installations
The PD10 is currently utilised on large-scale solar projects in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia, with use of the PD10 currently mandated by several EPC (engineering, procurement, and construction) partners, due in part to our recognised commitment to back-up parts and service support.
Developed from the ground up for high-precision large-scale solar installation, the Vermeer PD10 features native Carlson GPS machine guidance that enables outstanding overall tolerance—well within most construction tolerances specifications—that was co-developed by Vermeer Corporation and Carlson.
Carson GPS machine guidance can greatly decrease the amount of surveying needed on site, resulting in significant cost savings and reduced fatigue on surveying personnel.
The Vermeer PD10 offers unmatched speed and accuracy, with Australian contractors seeing considerable improvements in productivity. The PD10 features pile guide plates tailored to the pile design, which results in better pile engagement and a subsequent reduction in pile deformation and refusal.
Vermeer’s nation-wide Australian dealer network includes branches in Townsville, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide, each with factory-trained technicians and comprehensive parts warehousing. We have over 30 highly-trained technicians available to support solar projects, who in most cases can be on site within 24 hours.
Vermeer has partnered with leading providers of positioning and machine control solutions Position Partners, whose experience across civil construction and mining and local on-the-ground support is crucial to project delivery on-time and to budget.
Lower life cost
The PD10 has been designed specifically to meet the unique needs of large-scale solar installation, offering significantly longer service intervals than those of competing brands—meaning less downtime and reduced maintenance costs.
Vermeer’s PD10 is the only solar pile driver that features standard operator Roll Over Protection and is compliant with all Australian safety regulations.
It is the only solar pile driver with a seated operator’s station, which is a major consideration for operators working long hours in the harsh, remote environments that are typical of Australian solar farms. Operator fatigue is significantly reduced.
Vermeer includes four days of documented safety-based operator induction, including preventative maintenance. Resulting in increased production rates due to the operators and maintenance personnel having the knowledge they need to keep the PD10 running at its optimum performance.