SAN JOSE, Calif. - Under a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Quallion LLC has developed a new battery-powered anti-idling HVAC solution designed for Class 6-8 trucks, which offers up to 10 hours of uninterrupted battery-powered cooling. DOE and Quallion have developed this new technology to meet OEM specification requirements and have installed the battery in a Class 8 truck for preliminary field testing with plans to obtain data for future commercialization.

“This technology will revolutionize how we look at cooling systems, whether in a commercial truck, military vehicle platforms, or even forward base operations. By designing an ultra-efficient HVAC system, Quallion’s battery solution is 25 percent of the weight of an equivalent lead acid system with standard HVAC used in trucks today. The resulting fuel savings will greatly reduce fleet operating costs as well as drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Paul Beach, president of Quallion.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), heavy-duty truck idling burns over 3 billion gallons of diesel fuel annually resulting in emissions of 11 million tons of CO2 , 180,000 tons of NOx, and 5,000 tons of particulates. Quallion said its solution can be easily installed in vehicles at service stations at a relatively low cost, to save fuel and cut emissions.

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Publication date:10/25/2010