Zero Emission Trucking
We all can contribute a lot for this planet using green power in trucking. If you ever have experience of sleeping in bunk, you might know how bad fumes and odor keeps entering into bunk from trailer temperature control unit and bunk cooling/heating system. It disturb driver`s sleep and produce a lots of noise and air pollution. Good fortune for this planet and professional drivers is, some companies already started working on this.
When comes to zero Emission Trucking, Electric trucks are the first thing which comes to mind. But the next question arises is the problem of pollution produced while generating electric energy as well the headache of charging.
In North America, solar power panels will be found in most tractor-trailer units in coming years. We have seen some companies in Toronto are having solar panels installed on their tractor units. Most parts of Canada, on an average basis, getting less than 5 hours rays of the sun in a day, still these solar panels installed on the hood of tractor units offer enough charge to keep APU batteries charged.
The future power source for tractor-trailer tracking systems will be solar panels. Either, tracking system installed on tractor unit or on a trailer, they need little power to run. Tractors have lots of space on their hoods whereas standard trailer unit has more the 400 square feet of space on their roof. This is the most exposed area of trailer unit which can always stay in connect with direct sunlight.
What about all weather conditions?
Refrigeration and heating companies can use trailer rooftops to run the heating and cooling systems. Solar power can be used along with diesel engine operated reefer units to keep running in all weather conditions. All we can contribute for environment and economy. Solar power is free, will keep the transportation costs low, so when free power will be used to keep temperature control we need to pay less for food.
Benefit for drivers
On an average basis, idling a tractor for a night consumes around 30 litters of fuel. Some fleets are using small panels to keep the refrigerator, heater and air conditioners running in bunks. Economically it saves hard earned money of a trucker. The idea also reduces driver`s work because they do not need to vacate their refrigerators at the end of their run.