Samworth Brothers adds solar-powered reefers

Melton Mowbray, UK: Samworth Brothers is using Titan solar-power, supplied by Marshall Fleet Solutions, on its fleet. Using the system is part of Samworth’s commitments to reducing its carbon footprint—including sending zero food waste to landfill since 2015 and removing 555 tonnes of packaging in its Food to Go category from 2020 to 2022.

Samworth operates 14 new Thermo King Advancer A400 trailer refrigeration units paired to the new Titan system. By harnessing solar energy through Titan’s roof-mounted panels and storing it in on-board 51.2-volt lithium high-capacity batteries, operators can refrigerate their vehicles at no cost for up to 6-9 months annually. In instances of insufficient solar energy, the system can be mains charged. The Titan system is compatible with any temperature-controlled fleet including rigids and light commercials.

Alistair Leckie, general manager, Samworth Brothers, said: “Reducing emissions is vital to our mission of doing the right thing and being a responsible business. The Titan system has surpassed our expectations. It has been operational for over a month, generating 100% renewable power for our temperature-controlled fleet, and we haven’t needed to refill the diesel yet.”