Earlier this year, UK retailer Sainsburys became the first supermarket to embark on trials of the unit which operates with CO2 in a closed-loop system.
The prototype trailer unit will be featured mounted to a Rohr trailer and displayed at next month’s IAA commercial vehicle show in Hannover. When the show ends it will enter service on a three-year technology field trial with Netto Marken-Discount.
The system uses advanced technology from Carrier Transicold’s NaturaLine refrigeration system, assembled inside a traditional Carrier Vector unit chassis and powered by the same patented E-Drive all-electric technology as Carrier Transicold’s existing Vector range.
The IAA show, which takes place from September 22-29, will also showcase Carrier Transicold’s new engineless transport refrigeration units that have joined its range following February’s acquisition of Dutch firm, TRS Transportkoeling.
The Eco-Drive power module utilises the power generated by a truck’s own Euro VI diesel engine to drive a host refrigeration unit. Removing the need for a secondary engine, the Eco-Drive GenSet unit is fitted to the chassis and driven by a hydro pump. This hydro pump is connected to the PTO motor of the truck. The hydraulic system in turn drives a generator that delivers 400 to 460V, depending on the frequency. A control integrated in the hydraulic system ensures that the generator always runs the same revolutions.