Carrier says ComfortPro APU now CARB-compliant

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Carrier Transicold announced Monday, Feb. 16, that the new ClearSky diesel particulate filter (DPF) has been conditionally verified by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) for use with Carrier’s ComfortPro auxiliary power unit (APU). Verification allows operators of Class 8 tractors with 2007 or newer engines to use Carrier APUs with the ClearSky DPF throughout the Golden State.

The company says the ClearSky DPF uses highly efficient active-regeneration technology to achieve CARB’s APU emissions standard, which calls for particulate emissions to be reduced by at least 85 percent; it also meets CARB’s NOX (nitrogen oxide) emission regulations.

“Active regeneration technology presents unique advantages,” says Eduardo Andrade, director of business development for Athens, Ga.-based Carrier Transicold. “A challenge for most APU makers is that the units typically don’t generate enough heat to burn off particulates from the exhaust. However, the ComfortPro APU’s Deltek hybrid diesel-electric technology is unique, and its powerful generator creates the necessary temperatures.”

With a silicon carbide filter element and an easy-to-maintain design, the ClearSky DPF replaces the ComfortPro muffler on new equipment, and it can be field-installed on existing units (model PC6000), according to the company; requiring no driver intervention, the ClearSky DPF automatically regenerates in less than 25 minutes, every 10 to 30 operating hours.

Without a DPF, some truckers now are prohibited from running their diesel-powered APUs in California. The company says the California law applies to trucks equipped with a 2007 or newer engine; rigs with older engines still may use the ComfortPro APU without the DPF in California. And even without the DPF, operators of newer rigs can take advantage of the ComfortPro APU’s shorepower option when parked at any California location where an adequate 110-volt power supply is available, according to the company.