Salford Van Hire takes PTO powered fridges

Manchester, UK:  Meat supplier Danish Crown is using Hultsteins’ power take off system for its refrigerated trucks provided by Salford Van Hire.

Danish Crown’s UK heavy vehicle fleet comprises eight 13.6-metre refrigerated trailers and five Daf tractors, used for trunking. They were supplied by Salford Van Hire on a five-year contract hire agreement.

“It’s a modern fleet, and the company is constantly looking at how it can improve its carbon footprint,” Steve McNally, contracts and fleet engineering director, Salford Van Hire, said.

“We looked at a series of options, including the trailer fleet, which was fairly new, so it wasn’t practical to change the refrigeration units themselves. Also, if your starting point is the tractor unit, then it’s quite difficult to make significant changes, particularly with newer vehicles, so we needed to consider alternatives.”

Danish Crown opted to fit Hultsteins’ Ecogen range, which transforms existing diesel powered fridges to electric power

Danish Crown opted to fit Hultsteins’ Ecogen range, which transforms existing diesel powered fridges to electric. The system is fitted to the tractor unit and runs off the engine’s power take-off. It generates 400 volts, connects to the fridge motor via a five-pin plug, and converts the fridge of any trailer to which it couples into an emissions-free electric item.
 
“Environmental ‘best-practice’ has for many years formed an integral part of the Danish Crown business.” said Mark Simmons, site director, Danish Crown.

“In addition to the fuel savings we expect to make – over 85% less expenditure on fridge diesel – we will also be slashing our CO2 emissions: given that every litre of diesel burned, produces 2.65kgs of carbon and our fridges will now run mostly on electricity from the Ecogen systems, we will be reducing emissions by around 50 tonnes every year.”
 
“The Ecogens represented a simple way to reduce CO2, because we could fit them to the company’s current trailer pool. The big benefit, compared with a lot of other electric options, is that it doesn’t matter what trailer you pull. There’s no issue with matching up at all, and it will work with most late model fridge units with a simple adjustment,” McNally said.
 
“It’s so unrestrictive, and one of the easiest and most effective options we could offer. It allowed us to convert Danish Crown’s trailers to electric immediately, and keep the existing fridge units in place, so it was a very economical way of improving the company’s carbon footprint. We replaced one of the tractor units early, so all of them could run on electric instantaneously but, other than that, the vehicles, the trailers, and the TRUs remained the same, McNally said.
 
All Danish Crown’s tractors now have Hultstein Ecogen units. The ability to retrofit the Ecogen units to existing vehicles is “quite relevant in the current climate,” McNally said.

“Supply issues mean that a lot of operators are running their vehicles and trailers for longer, because there are huge problems with lead times for replacements. That makes a retrofit system like the Ecogen a much more practical and immediate solution,” he said.

All Danish Crown’s tractors now have Hultstein Ecogen units. The ability to retrofit the Ecogen units to existing vehicles is “quite relevant in the current climate,” Steve McNally, contracts and fleet engineering director, Salford Van Hire, said

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