Carrier Transicold debuts hybrid diesel-electric technology for reefers

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Carrier Transicold introduced its Deltek hybrid diesel-electric technology to the North American refrigerated transport industry, offering higher reliability, easier maintenance and significantly lower lifecycle costs, according to the company.

Carrier unveiled its Deltek technology at the Food Marketing Institute’s Productivity Convention and Exposition — held Thursday, Oct. 27 in Orlando, Fla. — to emphasize the product’s relevance to the distribution and grocery industry.

“The high reliability and reduced maintenance needs of Deltek technology will result in better equipment utilization and greater operational efficiency for the entire cold chain,” says Ignacio Aguerrevere, Carrier’s director of marketing and product development, Truck/Trailer/Rail Americas.

The company describes its Deltek technology as a radical departure from the conventional mechanical technology that has defined transport refrigeration systems for more than 50 years. Through expanded use of electronics and maintenance-free electrical components, it offers a streamlined design that does away with most serviceable mechanical parts, such as belts and clutches, and it greatly reduces the refrigerant charge compared to conventional systems.

Core components of the system, according to Carrier, are:

  • An ultra-high-performance aircraft-quality generator — the heart of the system — to provide all needed electrical power. The generator is driven by a diesel engine, creating the hybrid diesel-electric power train;
  • An electric, sealed compressor to drive the simplified refrigeration system. The compressor assures an extra-tight refrigeration system because its electric motor is inside the compressor housing. No shaft seal is required;
  • A distributed system of maintenance-free electric evaporator and condenser fans to control the flow of air; and
  • Electric-resistance heat for on-demand heating, independent of the cooling system and outdoor temperature.
  • Carrier estimates Deltek technology can reduce lifecycle costs by as much as 30 percent. The technology will be introduced gradually in different transport refrigeration product lines, with initial product introductions planned for the first half of 2006.

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