Thermo King, the manufacturer of transport temperature control solutions for a variety of mobile applications and a brand of Ingersoll Rand, has announced that it will offer its intermodal and marine transport refrigeration customers a choice on how and when to reduce their own greenhouse gas (GHG) footprint.
In 2015, Thermo King will offer marine reefer units with a next generation refrigerant that is equally energy efficient and reliable as the current refrigerant yet has about half the global warming potential (GWP). At the same time, customers who want to transition their existing reefer units can do so without any technical adjustments. Thermo King will offer replacement service on existing reefers through its dealer network.
Michel van Roozendaal, vice president, global marine, rail and bus for Thermo King said: “Marine transportation is unique from other forms of transport because of the global nature of the business. Refrigeration technology must be reliable, safe and efficient through a variety of extreme climates.
“This next generation refrigerant solution reduces GWP without sacrificing these factors.This new offering allows shipping lines to have peace of mind with a high performing unit while also reducing environmental impact.”
In anticipation of the European Union F-Gas Regulation, which requires a cap and phase-down of all HFC refrigerants beginning in 2015, Thermo King selected R-452A as its next generation refrigerant. Thermo King worked in close partnership with refrigerant manufacturer, DuPont.
Mr van Roozendaal said: “We believe this is a strong alternative for marine applications, even though the regulation does not apply directly to this part of the transportation industry. Our existing reefers with the current refrigerant R-404A are fully compliant under the EU F-gas regulation.
“This commitment by Thermo King gives our customers choices. Shipping lines can transition their existing Thermo King reefer units to the compatible R-452A, however it is not required if they want to continue using what they do today.”