Simon Loos will become the first customer in the Netherlands to take delivery of Carrier Transicold’s natural refrigerant prototype trailer unit. The system – winner of the environment category in the prestigious Trailer Innovation Awards 2017 – is featured on a new trailer, which will be displayed at the Carrier Transicold external stand PPKO.019and will enter service with the customer following the MobiliteitsRAI Show. Carrier Transicold Netherlands is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp.
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Simon Loos is taking a prominent position by testing the new prototype unit in a three-year technology field trial, with the trailer set to be used for regular store deliveries. This follows the delivery of two other natural refrigerant trailer prototype units in the UK and Germany that entered into similar trials with Sainsbury’s and Netto Marken Discount in 2016.
The unit marks a new generation of Carrier Transicold transport refrigeration systems for trailers that operate exclusively with carbon dioxide (CO2) refrigerant in a closed-loop system, where the CO2 natural refrigerant, which is extracted from the atmosphere, stays inside the refrigeration circuit to deliver sustainable cooling. It uses advanced technology from Carrier Transicold’s NaturaLINE container refrigeration system, assembled inside a traditional Vector® unit chassis and powered by the same patented E-Drive all-electric technology as the existing Vector range.
“Delivering this natural refrigerant trailer prototype into service marks another significant milestone in the development of over-the-road refrigeration using CO2,” said David Appel, president, Carrier Transicold & Refrigeration Systems. “Our ultimate vision is to see temperature-controlled units running on natural refrigerant in mainstream production.”
CO2 is a safe and non-ozone depleting gas with a global warming potential (GWP) of one, making it the baseline against which all other refrigerants are measured. The GWP of CO2 is also lower than other natural refrigerants, such as propane.
“As a leading logistics services provider in the Netherlands, we always seek to be an early adopter of technology with our equipment,” said Wim Roks, technical fleet controller, Simon Loos. “For example, we drive the largest fleet of liquefied natural gas-powered vehicles and are the first and only logistics services provider to operate a fleet of over 10 fully electric heavy duty trucks for city retail distribution. So when Carrier Transicold, with whom we’ve had a close working relationship with for years, first introduced us to the natural refrigerant CO2 trailer unit, we wanted to be part of the test.
“The Netherlands is a leader in implementing sustainable solutions for road transport. By putting this prototype on the road, we are confident it will help us achieve significantly improved sustainability results.”