McCulla using Solar Power with Genie Technology
Cold Chain Federation member McCulla has taken delivery of 25 refrigerated trailers with Genie Insights solar panels.
The solar panels keep fridge batteries topped up to avoid breakdowns and to prolong battery life.
“The Genie panels represent a major advance in thin film solar cell technology, known as CIGS (Copper Indium Gallium Selenide), that allows the manufacture of robust and flexible photovoltaic panels which are better suited to use on vehicles than traditional glass solar panels,” Genie says.
The panels supplied by Genie Insights are made in the UK and available in custom sizes.
McCulla’s 25 Schmitz Cargobull S.KO Cool Smartrefrigerated trailers have Carrier Transicold Vector HE 19 fridges and Schmitz’s TrailerConnect telematics.
“At McCulla we have made a strong commitment to the environment and the arrival of these new trailers with the latest technology from Schmitz Cargobull, Carrier and Genie Insights represents a further important step in the reduction of our carbon footprint,” says Brian Beattie, operations director, McCulla.
“Crucially, the solar panels prolong battery life and improve battery reliability so they also save us downtime and money. Genie Insights has again proved to be an important partner in our transformation to a more efficient, safer and greener operator.”