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Carrier Transicold focusing on environment

  • From the October 2012 issue.
Carrier Transicold focusing on environment

Being first should not come as a surprise to anyone when it comes to a company like Carrier. After all, Willis Carrier designed the first modern air-conditioning system 110 years ago, launching an industry that would fundamentally improve the way we live, work and play.

Said to be another industry first, Carrier Transicold will soon release the new EcoFORWARD™ series in Australia, a range of transport refrigeration units designed by to meet the most demanding emissions standards.

The new transport refrigeration systems with ecoFORWARD technologies will consume significantly less fuel, operate more quietly, deliver increased refrigeration capacity and faster pulldown to temperature, all with lower emissions than the models they will replace, according to Carrier.

“EcoFORWARD technologies are an important milestone in Carrier Transicold’s continuous product development for transport refrigeration customers,” says David Appel, President of Carrier Transicold. “These innovative technologies include a range of forward-thinking enhancements that will boost performance and efficiency and intelligently coordinate refrigeration with a smarter engine. The efficiency gains allow us to significantly reduce engine power, enabling better fuel economy to help our refrigerated transport customers move their own businesses forward in more sustainable ways.”

EcoFORWARD technologies are being applied to both of Carrier Transicold’s trailer refrigeration platforms: the belt-driven units and the Vector hybrid diesel-electric units. Vector units from Carrier Transicold have built a reputation for industry firsts: high efficiency micro-channel coils, environmentally responsible sealed electric compressor, quiet, durable electric fans and the only patented all-electric refrigeration system. They are known for their precedent setting, quiet, efficient performance, low maintenance, reduced lifecycle costs and industry leading refrigerant containment.

Common to systems with ecoFORWARD technologies is a 2.2-litre diesel engine based on Carrier Transicold’s established engine line and made smarter with the addition of sensors and electronic control modules. Performance gains from the application of ecoFORWARD technologies mean that engine power can be reduced by 18 to 20 per cent. For trailer refrigeration, efficiency improvements result in a 5 to 20 per cent reduction in fuel consumption compared to previous models, over a full range of operating conditions all whilst increasing capacity and cooling performance.

According to Appel, Carrier – which is part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. – is first to market with new solutions to improve performance and show a respect for the environment, at the same time reducing lifecycle operating costs.

Units featuring the ecoFORWARD technologies will be available in 2013.

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