As the owners of fleets for refrigerated vehicles will tell you, there is a lot of variety in the available cooling options. Knowing what the differences are between the different methods of cooling can help you find the perfect system to meet your company’s needs. Here is a guide to understanding what hybrid cooling means for you and your entire delivery fleet.
What Does It Mean?
Unlike in a car where the term “hybrid” refers to the engine of the automobile, in this sense, it is referring to the cooling system for the vehicle. Simply put, a hybrid cooling system is one that uses a combination of dry and evaporative cooling techniques to keep the cargo area refrigerated. While a traditional cooling system uses water, the other incorporated methods help reduce the amount of water necessary.
How They Work
There are several cooling methods that one can combine to create a hybrid system. By using water that is available from the air, this prevents the system from needing to have a separate supply of water available. Depending upon the system, it can also make use of heat transfer techniques to help keep cold air in and hot air out.
Benefits of the System
The biggest benefit to a hybrid system is the water savings. An older system would use water to circulate to create the cooling but, while effective, this causes the need to keep the supply in the system. This adds excess weight, making the vehicle harder to control and less fuel-efficient. A hybrid system is also functional across a range of weather conditions, where older systems experience problems in extreme conditions.
When you are in the market for a small refrigerated van, contact the experts at Emerald Transportation Solutions. We are the source for additional help understanding what hybrid cooling means or for any other of your fleet vehicle needs.