Carrier Transicold Europe showcases new products and a wealth of sustainable transport solutions to meet its customers’ needs.
The IAA Expo provides the perfect opportunity to investigate and compare new technologies, not only from the vehicle manufacturers, but also from the systems suppliers that form an invaluable part of any efficient transport operation.
The global commitment to emissions reduction is not just confined to engine makers, with research continuing to find engineless solutions for refrigerated transport.
Carrier Transicold’s next-generation temperature-controlled trailer system, the Vector HE 19 trailer unit, combines current innovative technology like the all-electric E-Drive, with new technology designed to significantly improve performance and positively impact fleet efficiency and sustainability.
The new Vector HE 19 unit includes a redesigned upper airflow management, creating much more efficient cold production, a single, ultra-efficient evaporator fan, new, Stage V compliant diesel engine with electronic engine control, the proven performance of a hermetic compressor and economizer, and the efficiency of a microchannel heat-exchanger condenser.
The E-Drive™ all-electric technology is at the heart of Carrier’s Vector® trailer and Pulsor® van refrigeration systems and ECO-DRIVE™ GenSet power modules. It works by removing the mechanical transmissions found in conventional belt-driven equipment and transforms engine power into electricity via a generator, which drives the refrigeration system. One of the key benefits – a sustaining refrigerant containment for a projected average annual leak rate of only 3.0 percent.
This technology significantly reduces fuel consumption and results in a lower carbon footprint and quieter operation compared to diesel engine sound output.
“Carrier Transicold established itself as a true pioneer of next-generation refrigeration technology when we created the first all-electric E-Drive system 20 years ago,” said Bertrand Gueguen, president of International Truck Trailer, Carrier Transicold.
“As the technology has evolved over time, our customers are able to combine it with current and future sustainable energy sources to maximise overall efficiency and dramatically reduce the environmental impact,” Mr. Gueguen said.
Originally designed and launched on Vector trailer units, E-Drive technology was applied for use with light commercial vehicles (LCVs) with the launch of the Pulsor system in 2011. Later, in 2016, it was embedded into the company’s ECO-DRIVE GenSet power module, converting power from the truck’s engine into electricity to drive a new range of engineless refrigeration systems, and providing peace of mind that the refrigeration unit will maintain the desired temperature even when the vehicle’s engine is idling in heavy traffic.
“The ECO-DRIVE hydro-electric power source is just one of Carrier Transicold’s alternative energy sources to provide customers with flexible power options. Another is a new alternative solution for trailer systems, converting the power generated by the trailer axles and the kinetic energy created under braking into electricity that recharges a battery pack. The system can also be connected to mains power while parked,” Mr. Gueguen said.
A further alternative for LCVs is the latest Pulsor® 600 MT unit – one of a number of high-performance single and multi-temp units that is ideally suited to transporting ultra-sensitive goods, such as pharmaceuticals.
The Vector HE 19 system combines the E-Drive technology with an improved multi-speed engine design, bringing fuel savings of up to 30 percent when compared to the existing Vector 1950 – the equivalent of saving 5.4 tons of CO2 annually. It is also 82 kilograms lighter and operates at 3 dB (A) lower. There is also an available engineless option for emissions reductions.
Designed with the operator in mind, its new APX™ control system using Controller Area Network (CAN) technology, allows multi-speed engine control and management of all actuators and sensors to optimise refrigerant flow and temperature control. The Vector HE 19 unit is available in up to three different compartment configurations with the E-Drive technology significantly improving temperature regulation for multi-temperature operation.
In less than one year since its launch, Carrier Transicold’s Supra CNG compressed natural gas (CNG)-powered multi-temperature refrigeration unit has received its third industry accolade, winning the IAA’s Trailer Innovation Award in the environment category.
Developed for use with rigid trucks and drawbar trailers, the Supra CNG uses one source of CNG fuel, from a single refill point on the vehicle, which feeds independent tanks connected to the truck’s engine and the refrigeration unit. This configuration ensures the Supra unit can maintain cold chain integrity, allowing for full autonomy of the refrigeration system even when the truck is idling – and making the refuelling process faster and more efficient for the operator.
This high-performance refrigeration system significantly reduces emissions, cutting particulate matter by 95 percent, nitrogen oxide by 70 percent, and CO2 by 20 percent, versus the emissions from current-generation diesel technology. As CNG-powered commercial vehicles grow in global popularity for urban distribution, the Supra CNG unit embraces this alternative fuel through its use in powering the refrigeration units.
It’s available in single and multi-temperature configurations, with the ability to heat or cool up to three different compartments. It is also PIEK compliant, meaning it operates at a sound level below 60 dB(A), offering compliance with the increasing concerns over noise reduction for deliveries in high population-density urban areas in the morning or late at night.
Also new in the company’s line-up is the e-Solutions connectivity package – an advanced online telematics platform designed to improve product visibility, manage operating costs and enhance operational efficiency throughout the cold chain.
The new eSolutions software intelligently monitors connected refrigeration systems from anywhere in the world, providing vital information for producers, drivers, transport managers and retailers on the products being transported and the vehicles transporting them.
Accessible via desktop, smartphone or tablet, the new eSolutions software offers operators 24/7 access to a wealth of valuable data on their refrigeration systems, including remote temperature monitoring, two-way operational management and control capability, in-depth service and utilisation reports, CO2 and emissions information, including leak tests and noise footprint, geofencing, and operational alarms. The system also provides access to live service and maintenance schedules for each connected refrigeration unit, helping to aid fleet management procedures and ensure minimal disruption through vehicle downtime.
Access to the eSolutions software is through a standard web browser and includes the installation of the box embedded into the refrigeration unit to collect, share and analyse all cold-chain data.