Carrier Hydrogen Trailer Fridge
Hannover, Germany: Carrier Transicold unveiled its first hydrogen fuel cell trailer refrigerator at the IAA Transport trade show in Hannover.
The hydrogen fuel cell, developed with Bosch and PowerCell Sweden, is paired with a Carrier Transicold Vector HE 19 refrigerator. There is a stand-alone motor or a separately mounted buffer battery system.
Victor Calvo, Vice President and General Manager of Carrier Transicold said, “The new Vector hydrogen concept is a major step forward for the company and we are excited to show the future of transport refrigeration to IAA customers. .
The hydrogen fuel cell provides the same level of range as the existing diesel engines used in standard Vector units. By using a hydrogen fuel cell system, customers can maintain operations with legacy products, but without any of the associated emissions, Carrier says.
The fuel cell is powered by hydrogen tanks with an electrical power distribution unit used to convert the direct current supplied by the fuel cell to the alternating current needed to operate the refrigerator. The filling time is equivalent to a standard diesel engine and, depending on the size of the tank, it can also achieve a similar range.
“The combination of Vector’s existing all-electric E-Drive™ technology – a mainstay of the company’s trailer systems since 1999 – and its innovative design eliminates the need for mechanical transmissions found in refrigeration systems. belt-driven trucks and trailers, making it ideally suited to run on electric power derived from the hydrogen fuel cell, while providing increased efficiency and reduced risk of refrigerant leaks,” says Carrier.