Carrier Transicold’s New Compressed Natural Gas-Powered Supra® Wins Sustainable Innovation Award from Stratégie Logistique


Three weeks after its world premiere at Solutrans 2017, Carrier Transicold’s new compressed natural gas (CNG)-powered Supra® multi-temperature truck refrigeration prototype unit has won the Sustainable Innovation award from Stratégie Logistique. The prototype unit also received the bronze Innovation award at Solutrans. The new unit is a high performance, sustainable solution that helps significantly reduce emissions and increase operator efficiencies. Carrier Transicold is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).

“It is with great pride that we accept the Sustainable Innovation award,” said Bertrand Gueguen, president, Truck and Trailer International. “The Supra CNG-powered unit is a sustainable and efficient solution to support the activities of our customers in urban distribution. Our new unit will contribute to the energy transition related to refrigerated transport and provide a simple solution to help ease our customers’ daily challenges regarding traffic and air quality regulations in urban areas.”

The Sustainable Innovation award is sponsored by Stratégie Logistique, a transport and logistics trade magazine, and judged by a jury composed of industry experts and professionals. The Supra CNG-powered refrigeration unit was evaluated based on the following criteria: exemplary or innovative product, environmental benefits, social or societal interest, economic interest, and reproducibility. Compared to compression ignition diesel engines, the overall benefits include:

  • Up to 95 per cent reduction in particle emissions
  • Up to 70 per cent reduction in nitrogen oxide emissions
  • Up to 20 per cent reduction in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions
  • Reduction of noise, vibrations, odors and smoke, improving operator and neighboring community comfort
  • Possibility of using biogas made of organic waste, further reducing CO2 emissions

Designed to use a single fuel source to power both the engine on a CNG-powered truck and the refrigeration unit, the Supra unit requires just a single refill point for both, which can save time and money and help increase operator productivity.

The Supra unit is ideal for urban distribution, offering fresh and frozen multi-temperature applications in up to three compartments. Fitted with an independent tank for the natural gas engine of the refrigeration unit, the CNG-powered unit maintains cold chain integrity, allowing for full autonomy of the refrigeration unit even when the truck is idling.

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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 45 years, Carrier Transicold has been an industry leader, providing customers around the world with 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 Follow Carrier on Twitter: @SmartColdChain.