Electrical trailer cooling during rest periods

Analysis of emissions and costs

NomadPower is developing a power supply network at parking places for temperature-controlled transport.
This power supply network allows drivers to run their trailers’ cooling units on electricity instead of diesel.

This report describes the potential use and related environmental benefits of parking-place power supply in long-haul refrigerated transport. For Europe as a whole it was found that 50-100 million hours of diesel use at parking places can be replaced by electricity consumption. This substitution would save 130-260 million litres of diesel and 290-580 kt of CO2 emissions. Furthermore, it would also significantly reduce air pollutant emissions: 2.36-4.73 kt of NOx emissions and 280-560 tonnes of PM10 emissions per year. The annual PM10 reduction potential of a cooling unit during resting periods is especially high, equalling the annual PM10 emission of a Euro-VI truck or 50% of that of a Euro-V truck.