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Carrier Transicold accepted the award with Sainsbury’s – the first UK retailer to introduce the Vector eCool to its delivery fleet (left to right): Stephen Turner (president of the Institute of Acoustics), John Forster (key account director, Carrier Transicold), Simon Nash (National Fleet engineering manager, Sainsbury’s), Scott Dargan (managing director UK and North Europe, Carrier Transicold), Bob Stewart (MP for Beckenham).

UK: Refrigerated transport company Carrier Transicold has won an award from the UK’s Noise Abatement Society (NAS) for its Vector eCool all-electric, fully autonomous engineless refrigeration unit.

The Noise Abatement Society is a UK company with the charitable aims of raising awareness of, and finding solutions to, noise pollution. 

Carrier Transicold, winner of the Innovation Award category, was one of 10 recipients of the annual John Connell Awards, named after the founder of the NAS. 

The prestigious awards recognise solutions that reduce the negative impact of unnecessary noise for the public benefit and were announced at a special ceremony in London’s Palace of Westminster. 

“Reducing operating noise and cutting emissions has always been a priority for the business,” said Scott Dargan, Managing Director UK and North Europe, Carrier Transicold. “The Vector eCool represents the natural next step in our quiet evolution. It will pave the way for a step-change in urban deliveries, taking the noise of refrigeration equipment out of the equation.”

The Vector eCool combines Carrier Transicold’s E-Drive all-electric technology with a new cutting-edge energy recovery and storage system. This converts kinetic energy generated by the trailer axle and brakes into electricity, which is then stored in a battery pack that powers the refrigeration unit. Carrier Transicold’s E-Drive technology means there is no need for the traditional mechanical belts and drive train, and with no engine required the noise of diesel power has been replaced by an electrical hum. The unit is certified as operating below the PIEK 60 dB(A) standard.

“The NAS welcomes the innovation of a completely quiet, zero emission refrigeration system,” said NAS chief executive Gloria Elliott. “It will revolutionise the possibility of 24/7 delivery in city centres without causing disturbance.”

In July, Sainsbury’s became the first UK retailer to deploy the Vector eCool in its fully-electric refrigerated trailers.

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