» Kraft Foods Goes Green With Hybrid Reefer
Kraft Foods Inc. added another green ingredient to its DiGiorno Pizza line—the first-of-its-kind diesel-electric hybrid delivery truck from Navistar International equipped with a refrigerated truck body for frozen and refrigerated capabilities.
“As part of our commitment to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, we are applying new technologies like this one, cutting down on the distances our fleet travels and partnering with governmental agencies,” says Mike Cole, director of transportation, North America, Kraft Foods, Chicago.
The International DuraStar Hybrid truck with RouteMax refrigerated body is a pilot unit and is the first of its kind on the road. The energy-saving system in this delivery truck is expected to offer Kraft as much as a 30 percent fuel saving vs. a traditional diesel powered truck.
The hybrid uses a mild parallel-type, diesel-electric hybrid architecture, developed by Eaton Corp., which leads to less diesel fuel use and fewer emissions. The hybrid-electric system utilizes a regenerative braking system to recover energy normally lost during braking, stores the energy in batteries and adds power back into the driveline during starts and acceleration.
In addition to the hybrid system, this truck also features RouteMax, a self-powered, extended-route cold plate refrigeration system offered exclusively through Navistar in cooperation with Johnson Truck Bodies.
Onboard power from the hybrid system provides power for the refrigeration solution to accelerate body temperature recovery during the truck’s daily operation, nearly doubling the length of time its cold plates provide cooling for cargo and protecting assets. RouteMax is an efficient alternative to a traditional diesel-powered refrigerated blower unit, saving as much as 1,400 gallons of fuel per year.
» Nestlé Waters Using Hydrogen-Powered Lift Trucks
Nestlé Waters North America Inc. has signed an agreement with Air Products to supply hydrogen and hydrogen fueling station technology for its Dallas facility, where it will be used to fuel a fleet of approximately 32 Class I hydrogen fuel cell powered forklifts to be used in daily operations.
Nestlé Waters is in the process of expanding its bottling and warehousing operations in Dallas and is converting its materials handling equipment to hydrogen fuel cell forklifts. The fueling station is to be installed and operational during the second quarter of 2009.
“This project is consistent with our commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainable ‘green’ solutions for which Nestlé aspires,” says Christopher Lyon, process improvement manager for Nestlé Waters Fleet Services, Greenwich, CT.
Air Products’ fueling infrastructure at Nestlé includes an outdoor liquid hydrogen storage and compression system, along with multiple indoor fueling dispensers for operator refueling. Air Products’ will fuel the fleet of Yale lift trucks fitted with Plug Power’s GenDrive hydrogen fuel cell power units.
The GenDrive systems can be quickly refueled by the lift truck operator in less than five minutes, completely eliminating the need to change, store, charge and maintain multiple lead acid batteries per lift truck.
There are many advantages to using hydrogen powered forklifts and other materials handling equipment. Hydrogen fuel cell-powered equipment needs refueling once or twice daily, depending on use. In contrast, traditional battery-powered equipment must be placed temporarily out of operation for battery replacement and required battery recharging approximately every four to six hours.
Additionally, hydrogen fuel cell forklifts are not adversely impacted by temperature or by operating in coolers and freezers, in comparison to traditional battery performance. Further, hydrogen-powered fuel cell equipment is more environmentally friendly because they do not involve lead-acid battery storage and disposal issues.