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Hybrid TRU demo project receives funding

Shurepower LLC has been awarded a cost-shared contract by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to finance a demonstration project of Carrier Transicold’s Deltek hybrid diesel-electric trailer refrigeration unit (TRU) technology.

Co-funded by the United States Department of Energy’s (DOE) Clean Cities Program, this project will implement and develop docking safety systems and advanced wiring connections for heavy-duty diesel trucks and refrigerated trailers. It uses a modified version of Shurepower’s Truck Electrified Parking (STEP) technology, which will be integrated with Dok Lok docking systems manufactured by Rite-Hite Corp.

Based at the Willow Run Foods distribution facility in Kirkwood NY, this project will supply grid power to over-the-road hybrid diesel electric TRU refrigerated trailers and develop an integrated docking safety system for the TRUs. New West Technologies will provide engineering expertise. Shurepower will work with New York State Electric & Gas Corp to provide three-phase power to the site.

Nine demonstration Classic refrigerated trailers manufactured by Great Dane Trailers will be outfitted with Carrier-Transicold TRUs equipped with Deltek hybrid technology. Shurepower will provide the design of an undertrailer wiring system to carry electricity from the rear connection point (at the loading bay) to the TRU mounted on the front of the trailer. Truck tractors will be retrofitted with Carrier’s new shorepower-capable ComfortPro auxiliary power units.

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