Ingersoll Rand: Thermo King Truck and Trailer Refrigeration Units in Europe | Ingersoll Rand
The development of this new, sustainable refrigerant, and the proof of its value through the Thermo King implementation, is a leader in the transportation sector. Best of all, it can be used in existing equipment, saving the cost of replacement.
Ingersoll Rand and Chemours refrigeration experts co-developed the refrigerant R452A, a new fluid with lower global warming potential. The entire range of Thermo King truck and trailer refrigeration units operated by road transport companies carrying perishable goods across Europe is now qualified for operation with the refrigerant.
The goals in developing refrigerant R452A include matching the needs of the refrigerated transport sector, reducing the direct greenhouse contribution by 50% compared to the refrigerant primarily used until early 2015, and anticipate legislation in Europe that aims to reduce the use of high greenhouse impact gases.
Initially introduced in January 2015 on refrigerated units covering long haul fleets only, refrigerant R452A’s availability was extended by Thermo King to all other products ranges including rigid trucks and refrigerated vans within 12 months. Starting in January 2016, due to the high adoption rate in 2015, Thermo King Europe standardized its production with R452A supplied by default for all new equipment delivered from its European production sites.
This new lower global warming impact refrigerant has several advantages for the sector, which transports food and pharmaceutical products. The existing fleet can adopt the replacement refrigerant easily, according to Ingersoll Rand. There is no need to modify the specifications of the refrigerated vehicles, change the operation instructions, or modify the refrigeration equipment hardware. The operation cost of the equipment isn’t impacted, either.
The shift is almost transparent from an operation and maintenance point of view, Ingersoll Rand says. Each customer can implement a conversion plan of its existing fleet at an optimum pace. Customers also avoid the maintenance restrictions applicable to high global warming impact refrigerant in Europe and pay less in countries where global warming impact-based taxes apply.