Around 7,000 kilos of Persimon Bouquet kakis recently left Carlet for Rungis, Paris, stopping at Saint Charles, Perpignan.
Eight pallets make their first trip in an intelligent passive container fitted with the SmartEcoReefer solution developed by the company INPROUS-PRS, which puts it at the service of the agro-food sector. This is a pilot test in which Anecoop and its partner cooperative, Sant Bernat de Carlet, are participating with the support of the European TRAILS project.
Current challenges in the logistics industry
Today, the logistics sector faces many challenges in its quest to optimize the transport of perishable goods, particularly with regard to temperature preservation and energy dependence throughout the journey.
The annual impact of conventional reefer containers in import / export operations from and to the European Union to Africa and the Middle East amounts to 600 million tonnes of CO2 emitted into the atmosphere and a consumption of 1.2 billion kWh, due to the energy consumption of the refrigeration unit.
At the same time, food waste in the EU amounts to 80 million tonnes, or the equivalent of 160 kg / person per year, at a cost of 143 billion euros. This is due to the unreliability of the conventional cold chain, which results in an insufficient quality of preservation in the long distance transport of highly perishable products.
The objectives of European Trails and SmartEcoReefer
The objective of the INPROUS-PRS SmartEcoReefer solution is precisely to provide the sector with a global technological solution that guarantees customers the right services for temperature-controlled logistics.
The objective of the European Trails project is to test long-distance cross-border multimodal transport. It aims to show that this innovation and this new container are suitable for the rail transport of fruit and vegetables in positive cold weather and can promote modal shift, save CO2 and help relieve road congestion.
The logistics partners of this pilot test organized by the members of the TRAILS project and the ANECOOP GROUP are Transports SALVA, the railway company NOVATRANS, and for the last mile in Paris, Transports MESGUEN.
This type of container seems to have many advantages which will be verified with the pilot test, in real conditions in the cross-border and European space. Some of the most notable are:
– Container autonomy ranging from 12 to 25 days, depending on the equipment.
– It is a passive container, so it is free from mechanical problems.
– Achieved an 81.9% reduction in energy consumption and carbon footprint of the logistics process. If loaded with renewable energy, we are talking about a zero emission impact.
– It is perfectly suited for rail use.
– The type of cold that it generates limits bacterial or viral proliferation, rotting and ensures greater freshness and product quality.
More than 15,000 trucks cross the Franco-Spanish border every day, 40% of which are refrigerated trucks transporting products in positive or negative cold. In other words, it is a strategic sector for the Spanish and French economies (fruit, vegetables, etc.).
At present, 90% of the volumes of these products are transported by road. The modal shift to rail is complex due to the lack of rail power supply, the discontinuity of the Mediterranean corridor and also the lack of technical resources. However, these refrigerated containers allow food products to be transported safely, reliably and without technical (temperature control, refueling, repairs to refrigeration engines) or environmental difficulties. All of this was certified by the Institut de Recerca i Tecnologia AgroalimentÃ ries (IRTA) last summer 2020.
The project, designed for the agro-food sector and winner of the recent “Ports 4.0 de Puertos del Estado”, has the following technical characteristics:
– Adaptation and application of proprietary refrigeration technology patented by PRS Technology in multimodal containers of 20, 40 and 45 feet, for use in a logistics system and in temperature-controlled food distribution, in particular in exports with a transit time of between 20 and 25 days. Thanks to the PCM plates, the cold is gradually released, allowing the goods to be kept in positive or negative cold for 12 days or more, depending on the equipment model.
– Research, design, development and application of the latest technological trends related to artificial intelligence (AI), through which the acquisition of new knowledge is expected. This knowledge is based on the analysis of different scenarios for the modeling of the technical behavior of transport and the detection of anomalies, big data architectures, Iot to monitor, capture and manage data from sensors and early warning systems for promote predictive management and identify risks during transport. .
– Response to unexpected anomalies in near real time, thanks to SmartEcoReefer.
– Application of blockchain technology to the agri-food market to certify the validity of the data generated.
– Design and development of various modules based on interoperable APIs.
– Development of dashboards and other necessary interfaces.