Carrier Transicold Boosts Efficiency of Vector™ System For Stationary Cold Storage
May 13, 2014
ATHENS, Ga., U.S.
Built to provide stationary cold storage, Carrier Transicold’s new, engineless Vector™ 8100 all-electric trailer refrigeration unit consumes less electricity while delivering up to 4 percent higher capacity than the model it succeeds. Carrier Transicold helps improve global transport and shipping of temperature-controlled cargoes with a complete line of equipment for refrigerated trucks, trailers and containers, and is a part of UTC Building & Industrial Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).
"Designed especially for supermarkets, produce warehouses, food distribution centers and other businesses that use refrigerated trailers for on-site cold storage, the innovative Vector 8100 unit provides quiet electric operation without the noise, emissions and fuel consumption associated with diesel-powered units," said Mark Fragnito, product manager, Carrier Transicold. "As the newest member of Carrier Transicold’s enhanced Vector family, it joins the highly efficient Vector 8500 single-temperature and the Vector 8600MT multi-temperature models, both of which are designed for over-the-road transport and compliance with EPA Tier 4."
The Vector platform features E-Drive™ all-electric refrigeration technology, which means refrigeration and heating operations are 100 percent electric. Compared with conventional mechanical trailer systems, those using E-Drive technology have fewer moving parts, resulting in quieter operation and reduced maintenance needs. The latest Vector models use an efficient and fully sealed electric scroll compressor that has 70 percent fewer moving parts and is 200 pounds lighter than the reciprocating compressor it replaces. This contributes to a 13 percent weight reduction for the Vector 8100 unit.
"While all Vector models may be plugged into an electric power source when parked, the Vector 8100 also eliminates the cost and weight of the onboard power plant needed for highway hauls – the diesel engine and high-capacity generator found in its siblings," Fragnito said.
“Our original engineless Vector model was well received by customers when introduced in 2010," said Fragnito. "Supermarkets and produce distribution centers that used diesel-powered trailers for temporary or portable cold storage found it to be a more environmentally sustainable and cost-effective option than using diesel-powered units. In addition to reducing noise and emissions, plugging into an electric power source reduces operating costs by up to 70 percent compared with running on diesel."
The Vector 8100 provides up to 4 percent greater cooling capacity while using up to 20 percent less electricity than the Vector 5100, the unit it succeeds. As an example of its ultra-high-efficiency design, the Vector 8100 achieves 15 to 25 percent more Btu of cooling per kilowatt consumed at typical rating conditions than previous designs. The Vector 8100 also adds the easy-to-use APX™ control system, featuring a large illuminated dashboard display that provides on-screen temperature graphing, and a USB dock to facilitate data downloads and software uploads.
The standard Vector 8100 configuration requires a 460-volt power supply. Units may also be equipped with Carrier Transicold’s optional Flex Power™ dual voltage option, which enables compatibility with 208- to 230-volt sources.
For more information about the Vector 8100 unit, turn to the experts within the Carrier Transicold dealer network or visit www.trucktrailer.carrier.com.
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 Building & Industrial Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp., a leading provider to the aerospace and building systems industries worldwide. Visit www.transicold.carrier.com for more information. Follow Carrier on Twitter: @CarrierGreen.