the transportation sector, sustainable practices are not only beneficial for
the environment but also for the bottom line of businesses. Fuel efficiency,
carbon emissions reduction, and lower maintenance costs are areas of focus for
fleet operators globally.
One innovation in the quest for sustainable practices is the introduction of
reflective reefer trailers. Reefers, or refrigerated trailers, traditionally
come with a standard roof, but new advancements include a reflective coating
designed to reduce heat absorption, thus lowering the energy consumption of the
Reefs: An Overview
reefer trailers, or "cool roofs," involve the application of a
reflective coating on the roof of the reefer trailer. The reflective surface
helps to deflect solar heat, thereby reducing the heat load on the
refrigeration unit. Consequently, the unit uses less energy to maintain the
temperature inside the trailer, leading to decreased fuel consumption and
primary sustainability benefit of reflective reefer trailers lies in their
potential to significantly reduce energy use and associated emissions. Studies
show that the application of a reflective coating can decrease the temperature
of a trailer roof by up to 30%, resulting in up to a 15% reduction in
refrigeration unit fuel consumption.
This reduction in fuel use translates into a corresponding reduction in
greenhouse gas emissions, assisting in the fight against climate change.
reflective reefer trailers can mitigate urban heat island effects, as they do
not absorb as much heat as traditional roofs and therefore contribute less to
Cost of Ownership
TCO for reflective reefer trailers includes the initial investment in the
reflective coating, maintenance costs, and operational savings from reduced
energy consumption. While the upfront cost of a reflective reefer can be higher
than a traditional one due to the price of the reflective coating, the reduced
energy usage can lead to significant savings in the long run.
less energy required for the refrigeration unit, fuel consumption decreases,
leading to lower ongoing operational costs. Additionally, as the refrigeration
unit has to work less hard, wear and tear on the unit could potentially be
reduced, resulting in lower maintenance and repair costs.
a recent study, it was found that reflective reefer trailers could achieve a
payback period of around three years, making them a financially viable choice
for fleet operators looking to reduce their TCO.
reefer trailers represent a significant step towards sustainability and cost
efficiency in commercial fleet operations. While the initial cost is higher
than that of traditional reefers, the potential savings in energy and
maintenance, along with the environmental benefits, make reflective reefer
trailers a promising choice for the future of refrigerated transportation.
research is recommended, particularly in the long-term performance and
durability of the reflective coating. This will aid fleet operators in making
more informed decisions and contribute to the ongoing development and
refinement of this innovative technology.