Subscribe Free
in General Aviation

Etihad Cargo and Masdar Institute Design launch design for temperature-controlled dolly

Posted 19 January 2016 · Add Comment

Etihad Cargo and the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, an independent, research-driven graduate-level university focused on advanced energy and sustainable technologies, have jointly announced the launch of a new design for a smart, temperature-controlled, sustainable and energy-efficient air cargo container (cool dolly) system.

At present, many international airports and ground-handling teams around the world employ transportation dollies that are diesel-powered, with energy-intensive cooling units which are expensive to operate and often do not meet all performance requirements. 

As a result of the close collaboration between Masdar Institute and Etihad Cargo, the innovative new cool dolly is specifically designed to optimise the transportation of temperature-sensitive cargo, which includes pharmaceuticals, livestock and perishable products that need to be transferred between the aircraft to the storage compartments in the cargo warehouses, providing Etihad Cargo and the Abu Dhabi International Airport a unique competitive advantage over other airports. 

The new hybrid cool dolly design incorporates the use of innovative thermoelectric module technologies, modified compressor units, and a custom-made power bank that can be attached to solar panels for sustainable recharging, ensuring that the temperature can be regulated to meet the needs of temperature-sensitive cargo while minimising power consumption. 

The announcement was made by Dr. Steve Griffiths, Vice President of Research, Masdar Institute, and David Kerr, Vice President, Etihad Cargo, during the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) taking place in Abu Dhabi between 18 and 21 January 2016. 

Dr. Griffiths said: “We welcome the opportunity to collaborate with Etihad Airways in undertaking these research projects aimed at supporting their operations with novel solutions. Our research platform integrates energy and system engineering in a manner that we believe can make a meaningful contribution in transport and logistics operations in the UAE and overseas.” 

Kerr said: “We are committed to providing our customers with innovative and sustainably-designed cargo solutions, and working with Masdar Institute has helped enormously in developing a specialised temperature controlled dolly that protects sensitive products from the heat and harsh weather conditions we sometimes face here in the UAE.”

* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

Etihad conference is in good health

Etihad hosted the fifth edition of its acclaimed annual Aviation Health Conference, in the UAE capital yesterday. The conference was accredited for the first time by the International Academy of Aviation and Space Medicine.

Aviation safety academy to be built in Dubai South

The ambitions of Dubai to create a true aviation hub in its new Aviation City development at Dubai South have been given another boost with the announcement that Dynamic Advanced Training, a specialist provider for aircrew training has

Jazeera Airways begins Indian growth with Hyderabad inaugural

Kuwaiti low-cost carrier Jazeera Airways, has inaugurated its daily flights to Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad, India.

EgyptAir and LOT begin codeshare between Cairo and Warsaw

EgyptAir and LOT Polish Airlines have signed a codeshare agreement for passengers flying between Warsaw and Cairo. Due to this cooperation, both airlines customers will take advantage of convenient connections on LO and MS codes via

GDC Middle East awarded contract by Sierra Nevada Corporation

GDC Middle East has been awarded a sub-contract by U.S. contractor, Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) to upgrade King Air 350 aircraft to Special Mission (ISR) aircraft.

Dubai Airshow: Turkish Technic and SAEI consolidate maintenance partnership

Turkish Technic. and SAEI (Saudia Aerospace Engineering Industries) signed an MoU during the Dubai Airshow.

Sky Prime SK3010301117
See us at
Aviation Africa BT18418Aviation Show 267291117BIAS BT271017161118AAS2017_BT0711061217Istanbul Airshow BT 2018AIME BT1204240118Global Aerospace BT28218