Tag: transport refrigeration

An autonomous truck, equipped with a self-driving system from technology specialist Plus.ai, has completed the first coast-to-coast commercial freight run in the US.  The truck, which was hauling a refrigerated trailer loaded with 18 tonnes of butter, started its journey in Tulare, California. It then drove some 4500 kilometres, from West Coast to East Coast, Continue reading Self-driving refrigerated truck crosses the US

Transport refrigeration specialist Thermo King has developed new diesel-electric hybrid systems for trucks, drawbar trailers and high-loaders. In addition to reduced running costs, the hybrids’ alternator and inverter-drive technology from sister company Frigoblock, enable switching between diesel and electric operation as needed. Thermo King says these dual modes enable transport companies to “operate in inner Continue reading Thermo King adds hybrids

British supermarket chain Waitrose is testing Carrier Transicold’s engineless refrigeration units as part of an ongoing government-backed emissions reduction initiative. These zero-emissions refrigeration units are paired with a natural gas-powered prime mover to demonstrate the potential environmental benefits of such a combination.  In many cases, fleet refrigeration units rely on diesel-powered compressors. These, besides burning Continue reading Engineless transport refrigeration trial

Sainsbury's refrigerated delivery truck using Dearman technology

Sainsbury’s is participating in a unique trial involving a zero-emissions cooling unit for a refrigerated delivery truck as the British supermarket giant aims to dramatically reduce its carbon emissions and cooling supplier Dearman looks to prove its engine technology. Well known for pioneering refrigerated truck technology, including a three-year field trial currently underway using Carrier Continue reading Dearman refrigerated truck tech trial

Carrier Transicold chiller systems with R744 (carbon dioxide) refrigerant

British supermarket Sainsbury’s has taken delivery of the first of three refrigerated trailers running Carrier Transicold chiller systems that use R744 (carbon dioxide) refrigerant, as it embarks on a three-year technology field trial. The grocery giant has form in this field as it scored a world first in 2013 when it piloted an R744 reefer Continue reading CO2 supermarket reefers hit the road in UK trial

David Appel, president Carrier Transicold & Refrigeration Systems

Developed countries have an equally critical role as developing countries in addressing the serious economic, social and environmental problems associated with food waste, according to experts at the recent World Cold Chain Summit to Reduce Food Waste. Around 130 delegates from 35 countries attended the two-day summit in Singapore, where global leaders in the supply Continue reading Cold chain vs food waste

Diesel soot from the refrigeration unit of a refrigerated triuck

Vehicle engine technology has to keep up with increasingly stringent emissions regulations, but the oft-overlooked subject of pollution from road transport refrigeration is now on the agenda as London authorities tackle air quality problems blamed for 25 premature deaths per day in the British capital. Mayor of London Boris Johnson is under pressure to address Continue reading London to probe refrigerated truck air quality impact