Waitrose trials engineless refrigeration technology

Major Brirish supermarket chain, Waitrose is trialling an engineless refrigeration unit developed by Carrier Transicold.

Funded through Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, Waitrose is working alongside researchers from the Centre for Sustainable Road Freight at the University of Cambridge as part of a year-long government low emissions freight and logistics initiative.

The trial will assess how Carrier Transicold’s Syberia TwinCool , combined with a Scania P280 rigid truck using a natural gas truck engine, can potentially lower CO2 emissions and further improve fleet efficiency.

“We have specified Carrier Transicold units for many years and they continually impress us with their performance,” said Simon Gray, Fleet Engineer, Waitrose & Partners.

“We wanted to put the engineless solution to the test and monitor performance across a full 12-month period. The results of the trial will likely guide our future fleet specification – hopefully allowing us to focus on continuing to improve the sustainability of our transport operations.” Gray added.

The Syberia TwinCool runs entirely on hydro-electric power generated by the truck’s Euro 6 engine. The hydraulic system drives a generator that delivers electrical power to the host unit and provides a continual, 100 per cent refrigeration capacity at the truck’s standard idle speed.