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Carrier Transicold announced that its newest solar charging system fits on top of the transport refrigeration unit and delivers more power — faster. It now is available for field installation and will be offered as a factory-installed option later this year.
In related news, parent company Carrier Global Corp. announced it completed its spinoff from United Technologies and now trades as an independent company on the New York Stock Exchange.
The new TRU-Mount Solar Charging System delivers 2.0-amp charging speed by combining ultra-pure silicon cells with a high-performance charge controller, according to the Athens, Ga.-based company.
The industry is struggling to attract a new generation of technicians to maintain and repair increasingly high-tech trucks. Seth Clevenger spoke in Atlanta with Technology & Maintenance Council President Robert Braswell and Chairman Stacy Earnhardt to find out who's fixing the trucks of tomorrow. Hear a snippet, above, and get the full program by going to RoadSigns.TTNews.com.
“With a significantly smaller footprint than our prior solar panels, the new system provides up to 18% greater power delivery for faster, more complete charging of a 12-volt TRU battery, helping ensure uninterrupted performance,” Jason Forman, Carrier Transicold’s associate director of sales and performance parts, said in a release.
The panel design provides a custom fit on the narrow, curved top surface of Carrier Transicold X4 and X2 series trailer refrigeration units and Vector 8000 and 6000 series units. The charge controller is integral to the panel, which simplifies installation.
Solar panels help offset battery draws from ancillary devices, such as fuel-level sensors, interior trailer lighting and telematics systems.
Carrier Global Corp. provides heating, ventilating and air conditioning, refrigeration, fire, security and building automation technologies. It has 53,000 employees and serves markets in 160 countries.
“Against the backdrop of unprecedented global uncertainty, Carrier and its employees remain focused and continue to solve critical challenges — from improving indoor air quality, protecting the world’s food and pharmaceutical supply, and keeping people safe and secure,” Carrier CEO Dave Gitlin said. — Transport Topics
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