In this blog, Brightec founder Hans Opdam discusses the research project that led to the development of commercial vehicle air curtains during his time at Econcern, a now defunct company specialising in renewable energies. This became the working model for BlueSeal® air curtains.
Typically, temperature-controlled vans have suffered from the same difficulties with maintaining a strong internal temperature in cargo bays as their larger counterparts, with the cause of most energy loss occurring when cargo doors are opened.
Creating the most efficient airflow for vehicle air curtains is a subject shrouded in misconceptions that is a little more complicated than one might assume. For example, you would intuitively assume that a higher speed of air flow would improve the performance of an air curtain. In actual fact, when the speed of the air flow is too high, the performance of an air curtain drops.
Brunel University puts BlueSeal to the test
Vehicle air curtain manufacturer Brightec has welcomed putting its industry leading product BlueSeal to the test in a project by the Centre for Sustainable Energy use in Food chains (CSEF) at Brunel University.
Brightec were tasked with comparing the effectiveness of BlueSeal air curtains against PVC strips to understand the benefits of switching to this method of climate control.
The purpose of this study is to quantify this additional demand for cooling energy and estimate the extra use of diesel in a temperature-controlled vehicle without a climate barrier. As a courier, how important do you currently consider investing in effective climate control for your vehicles?