Spar Netherlands and transport company Peter Appel have struck a deal to use R-744 cooled temperature control units supplied by Thermo King.
The contract was won following a trial period coordinated by Thermo King, Peter Appel and fuel supplier Yara; during which the cooling units were tested for operational and environmental performance.
Spar has begun using the technology and plans to switch 80 per cent of its trailers over to the CryoTech refrigeration technology by 2012; converting all units by 2015.
Laurent Debias, marketing director Thermo King Truck and Trailer, said: “The CryoTech CT-15 cryogenic trailer units use recycled R-744 to achieve a significant reduction in emissions and improved performance compared to diesel. The new units will also achieve savings of somewhere in the region of 160,000L of diesel per year or a CO2 emissions reduction of about 427,000kg (equivalent to the emissions of 90 cars).”
Nico Kuipers, of Spar Holding HV, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Peter Appel in what is the first large scale project of its kind in the Netherlands.”