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Ruan Evaluates Boreas Nitrogen Trailer Cooling System

October 9, 2017

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The Boreas nitrogen cooled trailer went on repeated routes from Austin to the Dallas metropolitan area, transporting grocery cargo set at 35 degrees Fahrenheit, with up to 4 stops per route. Photo: Boreas Nitrogen Cooling Systems
The Boreas nitrogen cooled trailer went on repeated routes from Austin to the Dallas metropolitan area, transporting grocery cargo set at 35 degrees Fahrenheit, with up to 4 stops per route. Photo: Boreas Nitrogen Cooling Systems

Ruan Transportation Management Systems partnered with Boreas to use its Nitrogen Cooling System for refrigerated trailers over the summer, running regular routes from Austin to Dallas.

The Boreas trailer went on repeated routes from Austin to the Dallas metropolitan area, transporting grocery cargo set at 35 degrees Fahrenheit, with up to 4 stops per route.   With outdoor temperatures reaching 96 degrees, the three-day demonstration maintained consistent temperature control within the entire trailer, according to the company.  

 “Ruan is always looking for the best available technology to serve our customers,” said Brad Gehring, Ruan director, asset management. “The Boreas Nitrogen Cooling System offers state-of-the-art technology that many industries could benefit from.”

The Boreas Nitrogen System is designed to emit zero pollutants during operation and is quiet. The system use nitrogen as the direct cooling source, allowing for performance benefits and cost savings. The system is plumbed to flow liquid nitrogen to spray nozzles in the cargo space of the trailer. Once the liquid nitrogen hits the warmer air of the trailer, it is turned into a cold gas.

The Boreas Nitrogen Cooling System was one of Heavy Duty Trucking magazine’s Top 20 Products of 2017.

“We have been working on this technology for quite some time and are excited to offer our system to the industry,” said Fred Norvell, managing member for Boreas. “Progressive customers such as Ruan will see our system exceeds their market needs and provides environmental sustainability, all while reducing costs.”

Comments

  1. 1. DONALD O. PETERSON [ October 10, 2017 @ 10:06AM ]

    Using Liquid nitrogen in transport cooling is not a new use. I installed liquid nitrogen test units in a Red Owl trailer back in 1963 which worked well and provided two levels of cooling. The big problem was the lack of proper insulation in the trailer, and once that was improved, the mechanical units performed much better. Cost of the Nitrogen prohibited further use. I did do another small truck installation with sprayed in place 6 inch insulation for Supreme Foods which used it in local distribution. Airco also had test installations in rail cars back then!

  2. 2. Larry Larson [ October 13, 2017 @ 10:36AM ]

    Safeway stores was doing this back in the 70s on new Timpte reefers out of Denver. Not sure why but they finally quit. Most likely expense.

 

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