NaturaLine container unit launched in Hamburg at Intermodal Europe 2012
Carrier Transicold heralded a new age of ‘environmentally sustainable refrigeration’ for the shipping industry this week at Intermodal Europe 2013 in Hamburg with the launch of its new NaturaLine container unit.
The NaturaLine unit is the world’s first and only container refrigeration system to use the natural refrigerant carbon dioxide (CO2), with a global warming potential (GWP) of one, rather than a synthetic refrigerant with a significantly higher GWP, according to Carrier Transicold.
“Throughout all of its sea trials, NaturaLine demonstrated itself to be an outstanding performer,” said Carrier Transicold president, David Appel.
“Through the use of CO2 as a refrigerant, it makes history with the best environmental profile of any container refrigeration unit in terms of lifetime carbon emissions.”
The GWP of CO2 is 1,400 to 3,900 times lower than that of synthetic refrigerants used in refrigerated containers today. In addition to helping address the shipping industry’s environmental concerns, CO2 is non-flammable, cost effective and available worldwide.
“The unique properties of CO2 as a refrigerant creates special challenges when it comes to energy consumption,” said Kartik Kumar, director, marketing & strategic planning, global container refrigeration, Carrier Transicold.