Thermo King, represented in Ireland by Ballinlough Refrigeration, has approved the use of Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) fossil-free, diesel fuel as a more sustainable fuel alternative to power its truck and trailer refrigeration units.
The use of biodegradable HVO instead of traditional diesel, leads to a 90 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and particulate matter pollution from the engine, with unchanged performance, according to Thermo King.
“Thermo King has the largest range of zero and low-emission transport temperature control solutions in the industry,” says Francesco Incalza, president of Thermo King in Europe, Middle East and Africa.
“Our customers value us for our commitment to advance the technology and capability of the refrigerated transport. We keep innovating to reduce the environmental footprint of our products, and by testing and validating the use of HVO in our units give our customers another option to increase the sustainability of their operations.”
Thermo King says it has thoroughly tested the HVO biodiesel in its truck and trailer units on the road and conducted endurance tests in its laboratory within its manufacturing plant in Galway . The results showed the units’ performance is not affected even in low ambient, freezing temperatures.
The HVO biodiesel can be used as a drop-in replacement or mixed with regular diesel, with no requirements for unit’s engine modifications or more frequent maintenance intervals.
This step is part of the company’s efforts to reduce customer emissions by one billion metric tons by 2030.