Birmingham, UK: The Dearman transport refrigeration system, the first in the world to be powered by a liquid nitrogen engine, has been shortlisted has been nominated in the ‘Innovation’ category at the TCS&D awards.
The engine has been recognised for the innovative nature of the technology, the positive effect it can have on the environment and its potential to have a major impact upon the industry.
The Dearman engine, which is powered by the rapid expansion of liquid nitrogen, delivers clean, highly efficient and cost-effective power and cooling. The system is currently on the road in a world first operational trial with Sainsbury’s, where it is delivering chilled and frozen food across London.
Typically, transport refrigeration units are powered by diesel. These small auxiliary engines are under-regulated and disproportionately polluting, emitting up to 29 times as much pollution as a modern truck engine.
The innovative Dearman powered transport refrigeration system is zero-emission, eliminating NOx and particulate matter from the cooling process entirely. It’s also powerful, offering rapid cool down and precise temperature control, enabling it to provide operational performance as well as environmental benefits.
Commenting, Toby Peters, chief executive, Dearman said: “The Dearman powered transport refrigeration system is truly innovative and has the potential to offer a step change in the refrigerated transport industry. It’s therefore very gratifying, for everyone involved in the project, that it has been shortlisted for this highly respected award.”
“At a time when concerns about air quality have never been more acute and the impact of transport refrigeration on pollution is much more widely recognised, it’s essential that alternative clean-cold technologies emerge. I am confident that this new wave of innovation, which Dearman is proud to be part of, will enable operators to move away from polluting diesel, without having to compromise on performance or on cost. We look forward to the judging and wish all the shortlisted companies the best of luck.”
The development and deployment of this ground-breaking technology has been made possible by Dearman’s partners: Hubbard Products; Dawsonrentals; Air Products and Solomon Commercial.
Hubbard has provided world leading expertise and operational support, contributing their own refrigeration technology and systems integration.
Dawsonrentals has provided use of a state-of-the-art refrigerated vehicle and has supported project coordination.
Air Products has contributed expertise in cryogenics while supplying the liquid nitrogen and refuelling infrastructure.
Solomon Commercial built the refrigerated body and helped to integrate the new technology into the truck.
The TCS&D Awards, which takes place on the 14th September at the National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham, have been created to recognise companies and individuals who have really made a difference in the temperature controlled storage and distribution industry.