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Carrier Transicold launches new solar power system in Australia

  • Posted on Thursday 23rd, April 2020.

Carrier Transicold’s newest solar charging system for Trailer Refrigeration Unit (TRU) batteries, optimised to deliver more power faster, features an innovative and compact design.

Carrier Transicold is a part of Carrier, a leading global provider of innovative heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC), refrigeration, fire, security and building automation technologies.

The new Fridge-Mount Solar Charging System delivers 2.0-amp power delivery by combining ultrapure silicon cells with a high-performance charge controller.

“With a significantly smaller footprint than our prior solar panels, the new system provides up to 18 per cent greater power delivery for faster, more complete charging of a 12-volt fridge battery, helping ensure uninterrupted performance,” said the Director of Product & Aftermarket Solutions, Carrier Transicold Australia, Kelly Geddes.

According to Geddes, solar panels are being widely adopted by refrigerated transporters to help offset battery draws from ancillary devices, such as fuel-level sensors, interior trailer lighting and telematics systems.

He explained that during periods when the fridge is not running, such power draws can potentially drain the battery too low to start the unit’s engine, leading to an expensive service callout for a jump start or battery replacement.

“Solar panels can also help conserve fuel by minimising the need to run the unit’s engine to charge the battery,” said Geddes. “The innovative panel design provides a custom fit on the narrow, curved top surface of Carrier Transicold wide-body trailer refrigeration units.”

Geddes said the charge controller is integral to the panel, which simplifies installation, and he asserted the alternative location of the fridge-mount panel on the front door of the unit instead of the top provides multiple advantages.

“The lower positioning on the fridge makes it less susceptible to overhead scrapes that can affect top-mounted panels,” said Geddes. “This is especially applicable to fridge units on rail containers that are often double stacked."

The new 24W Fridge-Mount Solar Charging System builds upon the existing range of solar charging systems from Carrier Transicold with 28W roof-mount, and 45W roof- or door-mount systems increasingly being used by Australian transport operators for road and rail applications.

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