NatRef Transport Refrigeration highlighted during a training event in the Philippines
CO2 and R290 transport refrigeration units seen as helping the country’s cold chain at the CCI-Hub workshop.
CO2 (R744) and propane transport refrigeration units (R290) in the Philippines were the subject of an online technical training workshop held last week by the Cold chain innovation center (CCI-Hub), a center based in Manila, Philippines, for exhibitions and training on sustainable HVAC & R technologies.
CCI-Hub was launched in 2019 as part of an initiative to improve the food cold chain in the Philippines. Called the “Global Partnership for the Improvement of the Food Cold Chain in the Philippines”, the project is jointly led by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Philippine Department of Environment and Natural Resources. (DENR). shecco, publisher of this website, is one of the main implementing partners of the project.
The event, CCI-Hub’s third online technical training workshop, took place on June 9 and featured three speakers: Suresh Duraisamy, Associate Director, Product Management at Carrier Transicold, Global Container Refrigeration; Roberto “Bong” Cruz, head of business development and corporate communications at Centro Manufacturing Corporation, a Philippines-based truck body builder and assembler; and Filip Kitanoski, Founder and CEO of Productbloks, a technology company based in Vienna, Austria focused on developing energy efficient and green technologies for the refrigerated transport logistics industry.
Transporter Transicold’s NaturaLINE CO2 refrigerated unit was showcased as a key technology with the potential to aid in the sustainable development of the Philippine food cold chain during the event.
Asked about the feasibility of using solar energy to power NaturaLINE CO2 reefer container when used as static storage in rural areas, Duraisamy said: “You would probably need around 15 to 20 square meters of [solar] panels to operate a refrigeration unit. Additional considerations such as proper control and monitoring of solar panels, as well as maintenance and training, would be important, he noted.
Asked about the robustness of the refrigeration unit in the environment of the Philippines, where typhoons are frequent, Duraisamy replied: “[The reefer units] are also designed for marine use where the units are installed on the deck of a ship… so rain shouldn’t be a problem at all. Ambient temperatures up to 50 ° C [122°F] have also been tested and designed so that I do not consider the ambient conditions to be a problem.
Duraisamy noted that several food retailers in Europe and the United States have recently started adopting Carrier’s NaturaLINE CO.2 refrigeration units as static storage units for online grocery orders. For example, Estonian Cleveron recently ad he will use Carrier Transicold NaturaLINE CO2 containers for its Cleveron 501 automated outdoor grocery kiosks.
Kitanoski of Productbloks, based in Vienna, Austria, highlighted at the event the R290-based zero-emission transport refrigeration system for electric vehicles. “If you do the math, indirect and direct emissions from the [direct-drive diesel engine-powered transport refrigeration] units are comparable to emissions just as the [vehicle] product itself, ”Kitanoski said. “So we think that… if you solve the problem with the flammability of the propane refrigerant, which we think you have done, the benefits are huge.”
First mile delivery
Cruz de Centro Manufacturing spoke about the importance of developing the food cold chain infrastructure in the country, including delivery. “Without refrigerated cold storage facilities, food quality would suffer and hence productivity would suffer as the rate of spoilage would be higher,” he said. “So we really need to address this issue at the first mile delivery level of the supply chain. “
Cruz was referring to the recently launched program in the Philippines “Palamigan ng Bayan” (community cold storage) where refrigerated containers are deployed in the country’s agri-food sector to help address concerns about food quality and productivity.
Centro Manufacturing is the leading Filipino manufacturer of truck bodies for the transportation and logistics industry in the country. He recently launched a new joint venture called Centro Nippon Fruehauf Cooltech Inc. where it will locally manufacture insulated sandwich panels and assemble refrigerated van bodies with the aim of providing vital support to the development of the cold chain logistics sector in the Philippines.
To view all previously recorded CCI-Hub webinars and workshops, visit the resources page of the CCI-Hub website by clicking here.
Focus on the food cold chain
The project “Global Partnership for Food Cold Chain Improvement in the Philippines” aims to identify, develop and stimulate the application of low carbon and energy efficient refrigeration technologies and business practices throughout the food industry. food cold chain to improve food safety and food security.
It is funded by US $ 2 million from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), with US $ 25 million in co-financing (in-kind, grants and loans).
The CCI-Hub will serve as the main platform of the project to provide an ecosystem of technical resources, training, knowledge sharing and stakeholder collaboration. Last year, the Philippine Authority for Technical Education and Skills Development (TESDA) was announced as the official national entity that will host the CCI-Hub at its central office located in Metro Manila.