‘Green’ new reefer trailer being tested for pollution-free shipping of biologics

Technology offers direct replacement for diesel systems and can be retrofitted into existing trailers


Reflect Scientific, Inc., a provider of products and services for the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and transportation industries, has been testing an electric-powered heavy-duty truck to potentially replace the diesel-powered tractor trailers that currently are in use for the movement of goods requiring controlled temperatures.

Cryometrix 53-foot reefer trailer (Credit: Reflect Scientific, Inc. via GlobeNewswire)

The Cryometrix CB-40 TRU is a pollution-free refrigeration alternative to diesel-powered systems, according to the company, which added that system weight is comparable to diesel units and can be retrofitted into existing trailers. The CB-40 uses a patented self-contained liquid nitrogen cooling system to achieve consistent temperature control with few moving parts.

The new 53-foot reefer trailer offers a temperature setpoint control that can be adjusted to match payload requirements that potentially could be used for shipping of biologics such as upcoming Covid-19 vaccines.

Demonstration runs conducted from Salt Lake City to Los Angeles and Denver reportedly were successful with the 525-mile Denver run going through varied outside air temperatures and multiple stops for unloading while maintaining internal temperature at -15°F.

Reflect Scientific, based in Orem, Utah, develops and markets proprietary technologies in cryogenic cooling for the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, medical and transportation markets.