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AEM’s Solar Tech: a Sun-Powered TRU

June 14, 2016 in New Products, solar, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Available Now for 28- to 53-Foot Reefer Installation

Mesa, Ariz.-based Advanced Energy Machines is promoting an all-electric transport refrigeration unit capable of gathering 100% of its needed power from the sun. Following field testing “for hundreds of thousands of hours and millions of miles while making everyday food deliveries,” AEM’s TRUs are now ready for delivery for trailers 28 to 53 feet in length, the company says.

Advanced Energy Machines says that its new TRU will get approximately 60% of its energy from the sun.

Advanced Energy Machines says that its new all-electric TRU will get as much as 100% of its energy from the sun.

The Solar Tech brand TRU “is designed to provide superior cooling while significantly reducing operating costs,” AEM says. “It will increase safety, eliminate warehouse diesel particulate, decrease noise pollution and greatly reduce your carbon footprint.”

The new TRU can keep food cold or frozen for over-the-road or multi-delivery operation, says AEM sales and marketing manager Gary Cullen. In addition to the photovoltaic solar film on the roof, trailers are fitted with a wheel “momentum generator” to help charge the unit’s batteries.

AEM's new 'Solar Tech' transport refrigeration unit – note one top- and two side-mounted compartment for batteries.

AEM’s new ‘Solar Tech’ transport refrigeration unit – note one top- and two side-mounted compartments for lithium ion batteries.

Keeping It Cold in the Desert

Customers can choose a range of battery capacities to support the 48-volt system. With maximum batteries, a full load of ice cream in a 53-foot trailer at minus 10 to minus 20F will keep for as long as three days without plugging in, Cullen says – even in the Arizona summer.

AEM’s sun-powered TRU is available on new trailer orders, for installation by AEM. It comes with a ten-year warranty.

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AEM claims a development team with education and experience in engineering, science, industrial sales, marketing and business management, largely in the semiconductor industry. The result today is “patented technology to provide customers with products that are next generation leading edge solutions for today’s complex transportation issues.”

The company says it analyzed the American reefer truck sector and “recognized a need to revitalize a product that has been central to the U.S. economy since the dwindling years of the icebox.”

Cullen himself spent 19 years as operations VP at Sysco after notching 20 years in operations at Safeway.

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Source: Advanced Energy Machines with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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