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NYSERDA Awards $300,000 to New West Technologies for Electric Trailer Infrastructure; Hannaford Supermarket to Deploy Technology

15 Refrigerated Trailers to use Energy-Efficient Technology at Schodack Distribution Site

October 25, 2011

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has awarded $300,000 to New West Technologies (NWT) of Utica to demonstrate the cost and environmental savings of investing in equipment to support electric-powered refrigerator trucks.

An additional $171,000 toward the project will be provided by NWT, an engineering and management consulting company, and other project partners.

NWT will work with Hannaford and other retailers to install a network of plug-in connectors. The first installation will be at Hannaford’s distribution warehouse in Schodack. The purpose of this demonstration project is to encourage more widespread use of this technology which is commonly used in Europe, but has been slow to catch on in the United States.

Under this project, specialized, 460-volt electrical systems will be installed at two distribution centers and numerous retail outlets in New York. NWT expects to be working with a second retailer, not yet identified. Hannaford is the first to sign up for the project and is committing 15 electric standby plug-in trailers, out of a fleet of 50 that the company already owns. NWT will work with Hannaford to identify New York store locations that could benefit economically from the electrical connections, where trailers remain onsite for extended periods.

Conventional trailer refrigeration units use a trailer-mounted diesel engine to power a refrigeration system for storing and transporting fresh and frozen foods. Electric-standby trailers instead use electricity to perform this function when parked at spaces equipped with the right connections. Electric operation is considerably less costly than diesel, and also results in less greenhouse gas emissions and other pollution. In addition, electric refrigeration is also quieter.

“The ability to run a refrigeration unit on electricity instead of diesel reduces fossil fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions,” said Francis J. Murray Jr., President and CEO of NYSERDA. “We applaud New West Technologies and Hannaford Supermarkets in their efforts to make their refrigerated trucks more energy-efficient.”

At a recent, six-month-long demonstration project in Rochester involving electric refrigerated trailers, three trailers saved almost 2,000 gallons of diesel by using the plug-in technology.

Under this project, NWT will design and demonstrate the installation of technology at the warehouse docks and in the parking lot (where trailers are staged before delivery) to support the electric plug-in trailers. The project also includes an evaluation of safety equipment to prevent the trailers from accidentally pulling away while still plugged into the charging infrastructure, and an analysis of the energy, environment and noise reduction benefits.

“This demonstration is a cultivation of all previous efforts to prepare this technology for mass market commercial acceptance,” said Bryan Roy, project manager of NWT. “We believe that electric refrigerated trailers are a critical piece of the effort to reduce and, one day, eliminate the use of diesel fuel for transporting fresh and frozen foods.”

The objective of this NYSERDA project is to facilitate a network where refrigerated trucks can operate solely on electricity for both loading and unloading of goods. Installing and evaluating these deployments will help New York State move one step closer to creating a complete infrastructure where such vehicles can operate on electricity when stationary.

”This initiative supports our ongoing efforts to operate as efficiently as possible for our customers and our store communities,” said Chris Huff, director of transportation and logistics operations for Hannaford. “We appreciate this opportunity to collaborate on solutions that enhance environmental and business performance.”

NYSERDA, a public benefit corporation, offers objective information and analysis, innovative programs, technical expertise and funding to help New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy, and reduce their reliance on fossil fuels. NYSERDA professionals work to protect our environment and create clean-energy jobs. NYSERDA has been developing partnerships to advance innovative energy solutions in New York since 1975.

NWT, an American Indian-owned 8(a) small business, provides innovative and accurate technical, management, and analytical solutions in the fields of energy, transportation, building, and education. NWT specializes in technical services related to efficiency, advanced transportation technologies, alternative fuels, and advanced petroleum. NWT has a wealth of experience with vehicle and fleet end-use sectors having supported vehicle technology development, improved fleet practices and operations, energy usage improvement and emissions reductions, and clean technology decision assistance.

Hannaford Supermarkets, based in Scarborough, Maine, operates 178 stores in the Northeast. Stores are located in Maine, New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont. All Hannaford stores feature Guiding Stars, America’s first storewide nutrition navigation system. Hannaford employs more than 26,000 associates.

Last Updated: 01/17/2014