Fowler Welch uses new green reefer trailer

A new refrigerated trailer system that is powered by kinetic energy from the trailer’s axle has been launched by supply chain specialist Fowler Welch. This could save the company’s CO2 emissions by more than 14,000kg every year.

The new system was developed with International Refrigeration Cooling Ltd (IRC) and Thermo King. The vehicle will emit almost 50% less CO2 every year than a standard trailer.

Essentially kinetic energy on the rear axle that was previously wasted is being used to power the unit.

Nick Hay, CEO of Fowler Welch, said of the new equipment, “It is an important step for us and our partners to introduce the first operational ACS (Auxiliary Charging System) trailer to the UK supply chain industry.

“Listening to the needs of our customers, many of whom cite environmental targets as a major influencer on their supply chain operation, we are looking forward to seeing how the new eco trailer can help to deliver these targets.”

“At Thermo King, we’re constantly looking at opportunities to address our customers’ environmental considerations such as low noise, low emissions and lower global warming potential,” said Steve Williams, UK sales manager at Thermo King.

“By participating in innovative projects like this, using our high efficiency SLXe 50 Spectrum S3 trailer unit with the next generation, low global warming potential refrigerant, R452A, we aim to help our customers reduce their environmental footprint and total cost of ownership.”

The ACS system converts kinetic energy from the trailer’s wheels to generate electrical power, allowing the refrigeration unit to run while the vehicle is in motion. It also charges in-built batteries from as little as 5-7 mph allowing up to 90 minutes of stationary power before the hybrid motor kicks in.

Paul Allera, head of fleet at Fowler Welch, said: “The new trailer enables us to manage deliveries in areas with noise restrictions by negating the use of the unit’s diesel engine to power the trailer and decreases the volume of fuel needed, helping us to reduce CO2 emissions and operating costs.

The new trailer will be operating out of Fowler Welch’s Spalding depot from June 2016.