Transgourmet, a specialist in food deliveries to hotels, food services, dining halls, clinics and social institutions, has selected 240 of Carrier Transicold’s Iceland engineless multi-temperature units for fleet renewal.
The Iceland engineless unit’s exceptionally quiet, powerful operation with a sustainable energy source and low polluting emissions, helps Transgourmet meet one of its sustainability goals: to build an environmentally responsible fleet. With more than 800 refrigerated rigid trucks covering approximately 26 million kilometers a year throughout Germany, choosing a high quality refrigeration unit is paramount for Transgourmet.
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“Our aim is to become the most sustainable company in our industry,” said Thomas Wallrabenstein, head of services, Transgourmet Central and Eastern Europe. “Carrier Transicold’s engineless Iceland multi-temperature unit helps us achieve our goals for low noise levels and emissions.”
The Iceland multi-temperature refrigeration unit runs entirely on hydro-electric power generated by the truck’s ultra-clean Euro 6 engine, cutting emissions by removing the diesel engine inside the refrigeration unit. The refrigeration unit is powered by Carrier Transicold’s ECO-DRIVE GenSet unit, driven by a hydro pump connected to the truck’s power take-off motor. The hydraulic system drives a generator that delivers electrical power to the host unit.
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<strong>Powerful & Efficient</strong>
Transgourmet trucks can make up to 18 stops during one trip with a multi-temperature load. The refrigeration equipment must provide constant and high refrigeration capacity to help ensure perishable cargo quality.
The Iceland unit consistently provides a cooling capacity of up to 18 kilowatts (0°C/30°C) even when the truck is idling. It features two hermetically sealed, electrically driven scroll compressors, thus eliminating belts and shaft seals, allowing for fewer leaks and requiring little maintenance.
Integrated into the ECO-DRIVE GenSet hydraulic system is a control unit that ensures the generator consistently runs the same number of revolutions. The ECO-DRIVE system generates 400 Volts at 50Hz, maintaining constant power even when the truck is idling in heavy traffic. This increases refrigeration unit reliability even in stop-and-go traffic.
“The Iceland multi-temperature unit’s unique technical features enable us to meet the demand of a continuous cold chain for fresh produce and refrigerated foods in order to deliver high quality goods to our customers,” said Sven Sauerwein, head of logistics services, Transgourmet Germany. “The unit’s scroll compressors provide quick restoration of temperatures in both compartments after door openings.”
The Iceland unit’s undermount orientation is well adapted to the 30 centimeter lower height of new truck cabins and weighs 195 kilograms less than previous units used by Transgourmet, allowing for increased payload capacity.
<strong>Quiet for urban deliveries</strong>
The Iceland unit’s engineless technology is exceptionally quiet, enabling the delivery trucks to access residential areas, which is important for Transgourmet’s commitment to sustainability.
With its goal to become one of the most sustainable companies within the wholesale distribution industry, Transgourmet looks to invest in new technologies for mobility in the near future. This aligns with the strategy of its parent company, COOP, which has been named the most sustainable retailer among 148 international retail companies by the rating agency “oekom research.”