23 November 2020
Cooling specialist Greencold has taken its refrigerated trailers to a larger specification to accommodate the needs of a multi-national UK food manufacturer.
The project followed the success of the Greencold's Quickfreeze rental trailer, where the Panasonic CO2 Cold Chain condenser unit is installed within the trailer to provide a mobile refrigeration and freezing solution.
Simon Andrew, Director of 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 coldroom 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 that our client, Cranswick Convenience Foods MK, asked if they could purchase a larger trailer that could be fitted with the same Panasonic units.
“The Panasonic units offer a practical and straightforward method of installation with complete design support available. From our facility in the UK we are able to supply CO2 refrigerated trailers for sale built to the customers requirements; size, shelving or dual compartment function for example.''
The 2kW units were tested on the larger trailer, which can accommodate five standard UK sized pallets end to end with a total static payload of 2500kg and a capacity to reach -20C. The inside is equipped with 100mm joint-free insulated panels and 100mm insulated floors with sanded surface.
On both the large and small trailer, the units used are compact, lightweight, have low noise levels (a range of 35.5 dB(A) to 36dB(A)) and are designed to fit into smaller spaces. They are installed with a compatible ceiling mounted room air cooler and electronic controller and expansion valve.
Paul Taylor, UK Sales Manager for Panasonic UK, said: “It’s great to see our units being used for mobile refrigeration logistic requirements and proving themselves on the larger trailers. The 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.”
Based on Panasonic monitored data, the units are said to provide 16% energy savings for chilled refrigeration and 25% energy savings for lower temperature freezer applications achieved in comparison to R404A.