Freight News, Rail

Power on the move for rail reefer cargo

[ June 29, 2021   //   ]

Wagon leasing company VTG is offering a new device to keep cargo refrigerated while on the rails. The SWS-PowerBox, is mounted on the wagon wheelset and a hydraulic pump and attached generator produce power while the train is moving. Optimised temperatures can be guaranteed for cargo in reefer containers, swap bodies, tank containers and refrigerated semitrailers. The system was developed by Austrian SWS Power Solutions.

The SWS-PowerBox can be mounted on 80’ and 90’ container wagons or double pocket wagons. The electricity is channelled into the temperature power units and charges the battery, giving uninterrupted power supply even when the wagon is not in motion. At the transshipment terminal or loading sidings, the battery can be charged with a type-2 charger plug. A combination of sensors and telematic features constantly monitors battery capacity, the power supply and power consumption, as well as troubleshooting. The data is fed into the digital traigo platform, where it can be accessed by customers.