First solar-powered trailer operating at TIP Group

TIP Group

TIP Group has received the first solar-powered refrigerated trailer from Finnish company, Valoe.

Equipped with Valoe’s solar system, the trailer is now being operated by transport company, Frigoscandia, to serve transport in unbroken cold chains utilising solar power.

In January 2023, TIP and Valoe signed a €20 million, three-year-agreement for equipping hundreds of trailers by the end of 2025.

Now, the first solar-power refrigerated trailer is on the road.

The trailer was handed to TIP on 20 June, which will now drive along the Scandinavian roads thanks to Frigoscandia.

Three more trailers with this specific technology will also be joining TIP’s fleet in the coming months.

During this trial, the trailers will collect crucial and valuable information on the solar system, allowing Valoe to further optimise its system.

The pilot trailer has vehicle-integrated solar panels which produce enough electricity required for the cooling system, without polluting.

The solar panel are based on conductive backsheet and meet EU lead-free criteria pursuant to the RoHS Directive.

Additionally, the durable and lightweight modules are mounted on an aluminium fastening and cooling element which makes the modules easy to install and replace.

TIP Group VP Sales and Marketing, Rogier Laan, said a cleaner world is an important goal for TIP, which it is now striving for together with Valoe.

“We play an important role in the industry and strive to reduce the impact on the climate,” he said.

“We aim to significantly reduce the CO2 emissions and diesel consumption of refrigeration units in our current fleet – for example, by integrating solar power systems onto the trailers.

“In new refrigerated trailers, we can refrain from using diesel altogether and be at the cutting edge in implementing more environmentally friendly technology in the transport sector.”

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