Power for trailers: How customers can help improve sustainability

Power for trailers: How customers can help improve sustainability

This example should serve as a benchmark! To ensure that trailers waiting for a temperature-controlled load no longer consume diesel and cool more quietly, the trailers of trans-o-flex customer Loxxess Pharma are now temperature-controlled with solar power. The electricity comes directly from the solar system on the roof of the depot.

Every day, six trailers are parked at Loxxess Pharma to take pharmaceuticals. Before the goods can be loaded into the trailers, the loading space of the trailer must have a temperature within the specified range of 15 to 25 degrees (Ambient Express) or 2 to 8 degrees (Thermo Express). Especially in winter and summer, the trailer units often run at full power to raise or lower the temperature. However, if the trailers are pre-cooled with electricity, the refrigeration units operate much more quietly. In addition, it saves diesel and reduces pollutant emissions.

Thanks to the photovoltaic system on the roof of the logistics centre, the solution was quickly found: in consultation with Loxxess Pharma, trans-o-flex procured the 380 V cables required to supply the thermoelectric generators, which allow the trailers at Loxxess Pharma to be temperature-controlled using the electricity from the photovoltaic system. At both Loxxess Pharma sites, in Geretsried and Neutraubling, the waiting trailers have now been almost directly connected to the sun since November 2019. 

Do you have similar possibilities for controlling the temperature of trailers? If so, please do not hesitate to get in touch with your contact at trans-o-flex.