Smartcool addresses next test phase for its entry into reefer transportation

Smartcool Systems Inc has received approval for beta testing of Smartcool’s energy efficiency technology with a Florida-based food distribution firm.
This test is the next phase in introducing Smartcool’s technology to the refrigerated transportation sector. The first phase produced 18% energy savings when Smartcool’s technology was installed on compressors cooling two seagoing refrigerated shipping containers.
George Burnes, president and chief executive officer of Smartcool, said, “In our first phase of testing, we have already proven that our technology can yield significant savings on refrigerated transport compressor run time and energy consumption. Now we are aiming to translate these savings into diesel fuel saved, as this is the measurement that operators are looking for. Diesel fuel in Europe costs almost twice as much as in North America, and in both regions prices are on the rise.”
The second phase of testing will determine the impact of Smartcool’s technology on diesel consumption within reefer food trailers.
Bruce Kemp, Smartcool’s technical director, explained the beta test.
“Our beta site offers the perfect opportunity for us to test our technology on a fully loaded frozen food trailer,” he said. “The food distribution company has two identical side-by-side refrigerated trailers storing 35,000 lbs of frozen turkeys and running 24/7. The monitoring and verification equipment will be installed on both trailers, while Smartcool’s technology will be installed on only one of the trailers. This allows us to see the savings we can achieve in one trailer compared with how the other identical trailer refrigeration system would perform without Smartcool installed. We will be able to monitor all aspects of system performance including box temperature, compressor cycles, and diesel fuel flow.”
On completion of the test, the food distributor has indicated it would look to roll out the technology on all 115 of its trailers. This would mark Smartcool’s entrance into the reefer food transport sector.
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