Greencold goes large with Panasonic CO2 refrigerated trailer

Wellingborough, UK: Greencold has built its largest refrigerated trailer to date for food manufacturer Cranswick Convenience Foods MK.

The trailer is based on Greencold Quickfreeze rental trailer that uses a Panasonic CO2 Cold Chain Condenser within the trailer.
Simon Andrew, director, Greencold, said: “We originally worked with Panasonic on a solution for our smaller QuickFreeze trailer in 2019 where we were impressed with the support and output of the units.

“We use the trailer as a cold-room test facility and mobile refrigeration unit. The trailer allows us to easily conduct onsite tests for customer products to show chill and freeze temperatures, in addition to also allowing more capacity at our own site that doesn’t take up workshop space at HQ.

“It was because of the original trailer and the natural refrigerant CO2 being used on the Panasonic cold chain units, that our client, Cranswick Convenience Foods MK, a multi-national food manufacturer, asked if they could purchase a larger trailer that could be fitted with the same Panasonic cold chain units.”
The Panasonic CO2 2kW units were tested on the larger trailer (internal length of 5.86m, width 2.03m and height 2m), which proved to provide the freezing and chilled capacities that the customer was looking for. 

On the large and small trailer, the Panasonic Cold Chain CO2 units provide low noise cooling (35.5 dB(A) to 36dB(A)) and weigh 67kg

This larger trailer can accommodate five pallets (1.2m x 1m) end to end with a total static payload of 2.5 tonnes and a capacity to reach -200C. The inside has 100mm joint-free insulated panels and 100mm insulated floors with sanded surface.

On the large and small trailer, the Panasonic Cold Chain CO2 units are compact, lightweight, have low noise levels (35.5 dB(A) to 36dB(A)), fit into small spaces with dimensions of 930mm x 800mm x 350mm and weigh 67kg. The units are installed with a compatible ceiling mounted room air cooler and electronic controller and expansion valve. 

Paul Taylor, UK sales manager, Panasonic UK, said: “The Panasonic CO2 units already have an impressive track record for reliability and efficiency with a clever single two stage temperature compression condensing unit and of compact size”.
Panasonic monitored data shows the units provide 16% energy savings for chilled refrigeration and 25% energy savings for lower temperature freezer applications achieved in comparison to R404A coolant.
Andrew said client feedback has been very positive. The trailer assisted with its objective of eliminating the a larger under-used cold store on site and HFC cooling systems dependency in general. Cranswick Convenience Foods said: “We have been pleasantly surprised by the unit’s performance during the warm weather spells this year and its reliability to date. It also contributes towards our goal of reducing our carbon footprint and eradicating HFC’s from our site.”


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