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ThermoLite solar panels fitted on 76 new refrigerated trailers

Thermo King has fitted its ThermoLite solar panels on 76 new refrigerated trailers of ECS, a leading European logistics supplier of intermodal transport and integrated supply chain services.

The solar panels will contribute to ECS significantly reducing its refrigeration units’ fuel consumption and carbon footprint.

Thermo King says its ThermoLite solar panels provide a sustainable power management solution for reefer units, increasing the battery life while reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

Before committing, ECS performed a six months field test, monitoring four Thermo King refrigerated trailers with ThermoLite solar panels on four different routes across Europe.

The Thermo King TracKing system allowed for remote tracking of battery charge levels and fuel consumption. ECS compared the results with the performance of four other units in their fleet, on similar routes but without the solar panel.

The field trial proved that the installation of ThermoLite solar panels can allow ECS to save even 1,000 litres of fuel per year, on one trailer unit.

Following the test, ECS decided to install ThermoLite solar panels on its 76 new refrigerated trailers.

ECS says it expects the solar panels to improve uptime of its new fleet and estimates to save 76,000 litres of diesel per year. ECS also calculated that the installation of the solar panels will reduce its CO2 emissions by 2,000 tons in 10 years.

Thermo King is represented in Ireland by Ballinlough Refrigeration.