Low Emission Zones (LEZs) are becoming increasingly common in large conurbations. A problem for refrigerated vehicles with noisy motors and refrigeration units. A company from Pia offers them a “disruptive” system, which could be the subject of a pilot project in the territory of Perpignan.
The Coldway company, based in the town of Pia, acquired since the beginning of the year by the Sofrigam company, has developed a refrigeration process that does not require a motor. “The principle has been known for ages, explains Gilles Labranque the boss. It works with pressurized ammonia on one side and vacuum salt and graphite on the other. The pressure drop instantly gives cold on its own. The company has developed and patented a system of cold packs so that they are applicable for all types of vehicles, even cargo bikes or electric scooters. We are particularly targeting home deliveries, an area that has exploded since confinement, not to mention the transport of pharmaceutical products that need to be kept cold, such as vaccines, for example.
The autonomous groups are recharged on a simple electrical outlet for 12 hours, the cold between zero and 4 degrees then being guaranteed for 12 hours even with an external environment of 40 degrees and about twenty openings and closings of the doors of the container. Announced lifetime: 10 years.
“Performance far superior to what the market expects in the field of deliveryassures Gilles Labranque again. Today the product is fully compatible with the standards that are imposed by low-emission urban areas, since the cooling system operates without any gas emissions, nor heat, without noise without batteries or compressors. Our test bench is now at 3,000 recharge/refrigeration cycles without incident. It really is a technology that is completely out of step with what has existed until now.”
For the company, the development prospects are enormous, the first contacts have already been made in order to show “the autonomous cold of the 21st century” according to the terms used by the CEO, who also insists on the fact that the production system, like research and development, is based in France and more precisely in Pia. A pilot project in real situation should see the light of day between Coldway Technology and the town hall of Perpignan but also the urban community. The announced objective is to initially market 150 to 200 systems annually to carriers, rental companies, manufacturers of two and three wheels.