Formal partnership will see the two manufacturers work closely on Dearman’s zero emission engine
Dearman has formed a technology partnership with Hubbard Products, designer, manufacturer and supplier of commercial cooling equipment to further develop and bring to market a ‘highly efficient and cost-effective zero-emission transport refrigeration system’ based around the Dearman engine.
Dearman and Hubbard have worked together for a number of years and are both members of an Innovate UK funded consortium to develop zero-emission auxiliary power units for buses and HGVs.
The firms said: “This agreement cements their relationship and confirms that both companies will work together, not only to continue to develop technology, but also to bring it to market in multiple countries.”
Pat Maughan, Managing Director of Hubbard Products said: “Revolution is crucial for the future of Transport Refrigeration, for a long while the refrigeration industry has relied on improving old technologies. We believe that approach is a compromise too far and is now irrelevant to the needs of the future. The fresh thinking that Dearman has brought to the table has been revelatory. New ideas create huge opportunities, and the Dearman Hubbard partnership is a chance to create a cost-effective, cleaner and more sustainable environment.”
Toby Peters, Chief Executive of Dearman added: ”Dearman is committed to developing technology which has maximum impact - saving operators money, delivering industry leading performance and crucially helping the environment. This partnership is vital to us as we strive to achieve that goal. Hubbard Products are world-leading experts in their field, they are renowned for innovation and they have an unbeatable knowledge of customer needs. Together, we will develop a game-changing transport refrigeration system that is zero emission, performs better, is quieter and cheaper to run.”
The Dearman engine, which won a Cooling Award for Refrigeration Innovation last month, uniquely harnesses the properties of liquid air or liquid nitrogen to produce clean, zero-emission, cold and power.
The Dearman-powered Hubbard transport refrigeration system will build upon the on-vehicle trials already conducted by Dearman and extensive lab testing. Commercial trials of the system will begin in the UK later this year, with extended international trials to begin in 2016.
Last week, the company released a report claiiming that existing conventional transport refrigeration units can be up to 29 times more polluting than much larger Euro VI diesel engines.