MHI Thermal Systems’ Plug-in Hybrid Transport Refrigeration Units Win 2019 Agency for Natural Resources and Energy Commissioner’s Award

TOKYO, Jan 29, 2020 – (JCN Newswire) – Plug-in hybrid transport refrigeration units made by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Thermal Systems, Ltd. (MHI Thermal Systems), a part of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Group, have received the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy Commissioner’s Award (Transportation Field) in the Product & Business Model category of The Energy Conservation Center, Japan’s (ECCJ) 2019 Energy Conservation Grand Prize Awards. The awards program is sponsored by ECCJ with support from the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI). The refrigeration units were highly acclaimed for their dual achievements in 1) maintaining the temperature inside the cargo room during vehicle parking and stop-start idling, a common issue in refrigerated transport, and 2) reducing CO2 emissions while saving energy. The awards ceremony was held on January 29.

Plug-in Hybrid Transport Refrigeration Units TE20

The Energy Conservation Award ceremony

ECCJ’s Energy Conservation Grand Prize Awards are presented in recognition of outstanding energy-saving initiatives at businesses or workplaces that should serve as model examples for other companies, or outstanding energy-saving products and business models. The awards program was created to contribute to the formation of an energy-saving society by spreading energy conservation awareness throughout Japan and promoting the adoption of energy-saving products.

MHI Thermal Systems’ award-winning transport refrigeration units are the TE20/TE30 Series of plug-in hybrid systems suited to delivery applications. The Series has been well received since its launch in 2018. It features a hybrid system combining a commercial plug-in power source, a backup battery and an alternator dedicated to the refrigerator. The system automatically switches between plug-in charging, alternator power and battery operation depending on the status of vehicle operation (idling, running, parking etc.). Additionally by automatically switching to one of three modes (power save, high efficiency, full capacity), depending on the refrigerator battery’s remaining charge volume and the cargo room temperature, the cargo room temperature is maintained without relying on the driver and energy usage is reduced by 14-54% compared with conventional units. This helps to reduce the driver’s workload, CO2 emission and improves energy efficiency. In addition, maintenance has been simplified thanks to the adoption of easy-to-handle low-voltage parts: for example, 24V general-purpose devices for conventional vehicles.

With the reception of the ECCJ award, MHI Thermal Systems renews its determination to develop technologies and products that will contribute to further CO2 reduction and energy savings. Going forward, the Company will focus on achieving optimal thermal solutions not only in the refrigerated transport field but also in areas that respond to diverse customer needs through its integrated technological strengths derived from synergies realized from the breadth of its business areas: thermal engineering operations targeting higher energy efficiency in plants of all kinds, large-scale refrigeration system operations for large spatial areas, air-conditioning operations that create diverse comfortable spaces, automotive air-conditioners, etc.

About Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Group is one of the world’s leading industrial firms. For more than 130 years, we have channeled big thinking into solutions that move the world forward – advancing the lives of everyone who shares our planet. We deliver innovative and integrated solutions across a wide range of industries, covering land, sea, sky and even space. MHI Group employs 80,000 people across 400 locations, operating in three business domains: “Power Systems,” “Industry & Infrastructure,” “Aircraft, Defense & Space.” We have a consolidated revenue of around 40 billion U.S. Dollars. We aim to contribute to environmental sustainability while achieving global growth, using our leading-edge technologies. By bringing people and ideas together as one, we continue to pave the way to a future of shared success.

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Plug-in Hybrid Transport Refrigeration Units TE20

The Energy Conservation Award ceremony

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