PHOENIX — Thermo King, a manufacturer of transport temperature control solutions for a variety of mobile applications and a brand of Ingersoll Rand, said it is showcasing its new ThermoLite solar panel solution at the 2015 International Foodservice Distribution Association’s Distribution Solutions Conference in Phoenix today and Wednesday October 27 and 28.
Developed to provide an alternative power source to refrigerated and dry fleets, ThermoLite offsets telematics and other parasitic loads that drain battery life and create downtime, according to Paul Kroes, solar business development manager at Thermo King.
“Our solar panels enable TracKing and other telematics systems to monitor assets over long periods of time, even when the transport refrigeration unit is off, while also safeguarding the health of the battery,” Kroes said. “Our goal is to continue to bring customers the most innovative solutions that are efficient and reliable, and improve the bottom line.”
Kroes said the most advanced and durable solar solution, ThermoLite’s patent-pending charge controller technology optimizes the charging from the solar array to the battery bank — extending battery life and increasing fuel savings over the life of the asset. As the only automotive-rated charge controller on the market, ThermoLite eliminates concerns regarding electrical power surges, reverse polarity (shock hazard), overcharging, and high-voltage jump starting, spokesmen stated.
No matter what climate a driver is in, ThermoLite is designed to withstand the harshest weather conditions — even in the dead of winter — from high-velocity wind and rain, to extreme hot and cold environments, hail and corrosive exposure, Kroes said, listing the key benefits as:
• Unit battery life improvement
• Reduced downtime
• Fuel savings from battery charging Cycle Sentry
• 20-plus year product life designed to outlast life of any unit
• Department of Transportation height certified
The ThermoLite solar panel solution includes three models.
ThermoLite 26W supports both Thermo King and competitor transport refrigerated unit batteries, while ThermoLite 36W supports Thermo King’s Heat King, rail and its Europe, Middle East and Africa product portfolio. Both are currently available, and the ThermoLite 100-300W, which supports liftgate and pallet-jack charging, will be available November 9.
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