Carrier Transicold’s new TRU-Mount Solar Charging System for transport refrigeration unit (TRU) batteries fits on top of the TRU and delivers 2.0-amp power by combining ultrapure silicon cells with a high-performance charge controller. With a small footprint, the system is engineered to provide up to 18% greater power delivery for faster, more complete charging of a 12-volt TRU battery. The panel design provides a custom fit on the narrow, curved top surface of the company’s X4 and X2 series TRUs and Vector 8000 and 6000 series units. The charge controller is integral to the panel, which helps simplify installation.
The panel’s lower positioning on the TRU makes it less susceptible to overhead scrapes, and since it isn’t suspended over the exhaust path, it avoids any efficiency losses that may occur from being exposed to high temperatures. The panel uses three engineered layers to help maximize strength and efficiency: The light-trapping upper layer is scratch-, impact- and weather-resistant; the middle layer is composed of uncut monocrystalline cells that help maximize output and minimize power loss from intermittent shading; and the copper bottom layer serves as a heat sink that helps keeps the panel cooler for greater efficiency.
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