HAMBURG, Ger.-- Carrier Transicold commemorated the 45th anniversary of the invention and production of its first “picture frame” container refrigeration system while looking ahead to its next milestone, the production of its one millionth unit during Intermodal Europe 2013, the company announced.
Carrier’s original front-wall container refrigeration system was produced in 1968 and became the industry standard. With its flat, square frame, that first self-contained system fit compactly on the front wall of a corrugated steel insulated shipping box, giving rise to the nickname “picture frame” unit. It took Carrier 25 years to reach the 100,000-unit plateau. With steady growth in the container industry over the past 20 years, Carrier’s output increased ten-fold, onto the present course to producing its one-millionth unit, said the company in a release.
“We’re grateful for the continued support of our customers propelling us toward the one-millionth unit milestone,” said David Appel, president, Carrier Transicold. “As the marine industry’s preferred brand for refrigeration, Carrier Transicold has maintained a leadership role over the years, helping move shippers toward more environmentally sustainable refrigerants and bringing further innovations in system efficiency and cargo protection along the way.”
“Today, 52 percent of world seaborne trade is delivered efficiently and economically by container vessel, and 65 percent of refrigerated products are transported in containers, the majority of which are efficiently and reliably temperature-controlled by Carrier Transicold systems,” Appel said.
Carrier Transicold also now offers the QUEST™ II power-saving mode for its container refrigeration units, giving container shipping lines a means to reduce energy required for refrigeration by up to 65 percent while reducing emissions related to power generation.
Short for QUality and Energy in Storage and Transport, QUEST II mode is a special control software designed for use with perishable cargoes, helping improve refrigerated container shipping by reducing costs associated with onboard energy production and the associated greenhouse gas emissions. As with the original QUEST mode, which was introduced in 2007 and capable of providing energy savings of up to 50 percent for certain commodities, QUEST II was developed jointly by Carrier Transicold, Maersk Line, the world’s largest ocean carrier, and Netherlands-based Wageningen UR Food & Biobased Research, said the release.
The company also announced that its NaturaLINE™ container unit is now available commercially.
The NaturaLINE unit is the world’s first and only container refrigeration system to use the natural refrigerant carbon dioxide (CO2), with a global warming potential (GWP) of one, rather than a synthetic refrigerant with a significantly higher GWP, the company said.
The GWP of CO2 is 1,400 to 3,900 times lower than that of synthetic refrigerants used in refrigerated containers today. In addition to helping address the shipping industry’s environmental concerns, CO2 is non-flammable, cost effective and available worldwide.
“The unique properties of CO2 as a refrigerant creates special challenges when it comes to energy consumption,” said Kartik Kumar, director, Marketing & Strategic Planning, Global Container Refrigeration, Carrier Transicold. “The NaturaLINE system handles the necessary gas phase and pressure changes and does so energy efficiently, achieving a tremendous environmental profile. As a result, lifetime carbon emissions are reduced by as much as a 35 percent compared to previous units using synthetic refrigerant.”
The NaturaLINE unit has been validated by UL Environment as having a 95 percent recyclability rate, joining Carrier’s PrimeLINE unit as the only container refrigeration units to achieve recyclability validation.