Press Release

Press Release

Introduction of Externally-powered Idle Stop Power Supply System to a Low-temperature Distribution Network~Study to be conducted on freezer trucks at Nichirei Group distribution centers~

January 18, 2011
Chubu Electric Power Co.,Inc.
The Tokyo Electric Power Co., Inc.

Chubu Electric Power Co., Inc. (President and Representative Director: Akihisa Mizuno; Headquarters: 1, Higashi-Shincho, Higashi-ku, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture) and the Tokyo Electric Power Co., Inc. (President: Masataka Shimizu; Headquarters: 1-1-3 Uchisaiwai-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo) have today concluded an agreement concerning the introduction of an idle stop power supply system for freezer trucks with Logistics Network, a Nichirei Corporation Group company.

Under this agreement, the companies will study the effect in reducing the burden on the environment and any associated problems of the use of an externally-powered idle stop power supply system for trucks with freezer cabins for low-temperature distribution ("power supply system" below) for use while these trucks ("freezer trucks" below) are on standby.

Specifically, with cooperation from Logistics Network, Chubu Electric Power Co. Inc. and the Tokyo Electric Power Co., Inc. will install one of the power supply systems in each of Logistic Network's Kasuga Distribution Center (Kiyosu City, Aichi Prefecture) and Funabashi Distribution Center (Funabashi City, Chiba Prefecture) by the end of March 2011. Using the systems to chill the freezer cabins of freezer trucks while they are on standby, the effect of the systems in reducing CO2 emissions, reducing the fuel (light oil) costs of the transport companies, improving the working environment for drivers by reducing noise, and improving noise conditions for neighbors, in addition to any related problems, will be studied. The status of use of the systems will also be analyzed in order to judge factors such as the appropriateness of their positioning and to enable measures to be formulated to increase their utilization rate.

The study is scheduled to be conducted for three years from April 2011 until March 2014.

It is expected that the introduction of the two power supply systems (representing power supply for four freezer trucks) during the study will reduce annual CO2 emissions by approximately 35 tons (corresponding to the annual CO2 emissions of seven normal households).

Based on the results of this study, Chubu Electric Power Co. Inc. and the Tokyo Electric Power Co., Inc. will work to reduce the environmental burden generated by the transport sector by actively promoting the use of the power supply systems in low-temperature distribution networks throughout the country, commencing with other distribution centers operated by Logistics Network.


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