Dearman recently announced it has started a two-year project to explore the refrigerated transport market in India, understand customer requirements, and develop a “ruggedized” TRU (transport refrigeration unit) and cryogenic system suitable for the Indian market.
In seeking to deploy a Dearman TPU with an Indian customer, the company is working closely with the Department of Biotechnology in India, the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Cartwright Group and the University of Birmingham.
The announcement comes after the Indian government published its Cooling Action Plan, which aims to set out a long term vision to address the cooling requirements across sectors.
With India’s 1.3bn population expected to continue growing, so will the demand for cooling fresh produce. Whilst India has a significant level of storage warehousing available to meet current demand, the refrigerated transport sector required for a robust joined-up cold chain is rudimentary or non-existent. Such cold chains help reduce food losses and maintain produce quality, safety, and nutritional content, as well as increase farmers’ income.
While the economic and social rewards of building cold chains are clearly understood, it is increasingly recognized that doing so based on the deployment of conventional TRUs will exacerbate India’s air pollution crisis, worsen associated health impacts, and affect the country’s greenhouse gas emissions budgets.
It is essential, therefore that any new cold chains should be built using alternative clean sustainable technologies, and in contrast, with diesel TRUs, a Dearman TRU emits zero nitrogen oxide and zero particulate matter.
The growing demand for cooling will also mean a rising need for clean refrigeration technology. Conservative forecasts suggest the demand for TRUs in India will be 250,000 vehicles by 2025, which opens a big window of opportunity for Dearman. And by recognizing a need to promote and develop cleaner technologies, India’s Cooling Action Plan sent the right signals about enabling this opportunity to be exploited by companies in the sector.