Dometic, Lombardini team for integrated APU/AC solution

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Dometic Environmental Corp. and Lombardini S.r.l. Italy have announced an agreement to integrate Dometic’s auxiliary air conditioning systems with Lombardini’s Ecowind Power 702 auxiliary power unit for the North American trucking market. The agreement puts together one of the nation’s leading suppliers of auxiliary air conditioning systems, and one of Europe’s leaders in diesel engines and generator technology. The Ecowind Power products are being manufactured in North America by Kennedy Power of Canton, Ga.

The Ecowind Power 702 system uses a Lombardini two-cylinder 13-hp liquid-cooled diesel engine at 2600 rpm, which produces 7.5 kW 115V 60 Hz power to run the air conditioning and other AC loads in the truck’s sleeper. It also produces 12V 45 amp battery charging power. The system is totally independent of the truck’s main engine, and can run on shorepower where plug-ins are available.

Dometic is supplying a 14,000 BTU air conditioning system with a built-in 2.5 kW heater. The Dometic system consists of an externally mounted condensing unit and a compressor/evaporator/blower unit that mounts inside the sleeper. The two units are connected by refrigerant linesets that are precharged at the factory to facilitate easy hookup without special tools. A wall-mounted keypad with digital readout is used to control all system functions.

“We are delighted to welcome Lombardini and Kennedy Power to our growing family of distribution partners in the trucking industry,” says Lou Siegel, senior vice president of marketing and strategic business development for Pompano Beach, Fla.-based Dometic. “Lombardini is one of the most respected names in the diesel power industry, with a long legacy of rugged and reliable products.”