Carrier Transicold Innovates to Reduce Polluting Emissions
Nov 19, 2015
Learn more about sustainable cold chain solutions at the Solutrans Show, stand 4M196, hall 4, 17 November – 21 November 2015
Carrier Transicold will exhibit a range of high-technology solutions and innovations for an environmentally sustainable cold chain at the Solutrans Show, in Lyon, France, Nov. 17-21, to support the efforts of transport companies. Carrier Transicold, operating in France as Carrier Transicold France, is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).
New refrigerant choices
On Jan. 1, 2015, the new F-gas Regulation EU/517/2014 became effective, covering 28 European Union countries for all refrigeration systems installed on vehicles above 3.5 tonnes. The regulations bring in new requirements that affect the use and maintenance of existing transport refrigeration equipment containing hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), including mandatory leak checks, record keeping and the qualifications of technicians.
There are no bans on the use of HFCs in new refrigerated transport systems; however, there is to be a planned phase-down to reduce the quantity of HFCs that can be sold in the EU. By 2030, there will be a 79 per cent decrease in the carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalent emissions related to HFC refrigerants.
Carrier Transicold is proposing the new R-452A refrigerant as an alternative to R-404A currently in use. R-452A offers the same level of refrigeration performance, the same fuel efficiency, reliability and refrigerant charge as R-404A, with a 45 per cent lower Global Warming Potential (GWP). The new refrigerant is available on all Vector™ and Supra™ units. Carrier Transicold offers customers the option to have existing units retrofitted to operate using R452A.
Last year, Carrier Transicold announced its commitment to pursue the commercialization of HFC-free refrigerants in road transportation refrigeration by 2020, building upon its expertise with CO2, which is also known as R-744. This breakthrough technology uses recycled CO2 and repurposes it as a refrigerant. It is non-flammable, non-ozone depleting and has a GWP of 1. A prototype of a trailer refrigeration unit equipped with CO2 as natural refrigerant will be presented in the Innovation Lab inside the Carrier Transicold booth. It is an evolution of the prototype unit that was introduced at the IAA show in Germany last year.
A concept unit for light commercial vehicles using natural refrigerant will also be featured in the Innovation Lab, reinforcing Carrier Transicold’s focus on using natural refrigerants for all future applications.
In addition to introducing environmentally sustainable refrigerants, Carrier Transicold believes it is important that fleet operators understand the additional factors that can affect the environmental impact of a refrigeration unit, refrigerant containment performance and refrigerant charge. Carrier’s patented E-Drive™ all-electric technology used in units including the Pulsor™, Vector™ 1550 and Vector 1950 units, can reduce refrigerant leak rates by as much as 55 per cent over conventional belt-driven systems. The use of micro-channel heat exchanger coils in many of our latest-generation products ensures an environmentally sound solution as a result of a compact design providing up to a 25 per cent reduction in each unit’s refrigerant charge versus standard heat exchangers.
Carrier Transicold can also directly support customers in complying with the European F-gas legislation through its newly launched everCOLD™ flexible maintenance package. This includes all required maintenance and system leak checks carried out by F-gas certified engineers in accordance with EU517/2014.
New energy sources
At the heart of the Carrier stand, the Innovation Lab will showcase Carrier Transicold’s engineering innovations to develop alternative energy sources and natural refrigerants. The lab will display an engine using compressed natural gas (CNG), which enables a significant reduction in polluting emissions — 95 per cent in particulate emissions, 70 per cent in nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions — and noise emissions. This may also provide a cost savings, as the price of CNG as an operating fuel has been consistently lower than diesel. This is the first step toward using a CNG engine for transport refrigeration. The CNG engine will be adapted to the Supra™ range units for trucks. It has been designed to be fitted with an independent tank for the natural gas engine of the refrigeration unit, allowing for full autonomy of the refrigeration unit.
The use of CNG offers multiple advantages in terms of environment:
- 95 per cent reduction in particle emissions
- Reduction in NOx emissions compared to compression ignition diesel engines
- 25 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions
- Reduction of noise and vibrations compared to compression ignition diesel engines
- Less risk of fuel theft
- Possibility to use biogas made of organic waste
- Reduction of smells and smokes
For more information on Carrier Transicold products and services, visit our website www.carriertransicold.fr or follow us on Twitter @SmartColdChain.
About Carrier Transicold
Carrier Transicold helps improve transport and shipping of temperature controlled cargoes with a complete line of equipment and services for refrigerated transport and cold chain visibility. For more than 40 years, Carrier Transicold has been an industry leader, providing customers around the world with the most advanced, energy-efficient and environmentally sustainable container refrigeration systems and generator sets, direct-drive and diesel truck units, and trailer refrigeration systems. Carrier Transicold is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp., a leading provider to the aerospace and building systems industries worldwide. For more information, visit www.transicold.carrier.com. Follow Carrier on Twitter: @SmartColdChain.