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Domestic Battery-Powered Auxiliary Air Conditioning Systems Are Fully Compliant With California Clean-Air Regulations

2007-08-24 20:07:30

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POMPANO BEACH, Fla. -  At the 2007 Great American Trucking Show, Dometic Environmental Corporation is showcasing its new battery-powered auxiliary air conditioning systems that are 100 percent compliant with the clean-air requirements of the California Air Resources Board (CARB). 

"Dometic's battery-powered solution is exempt from the CARB regulations, since it has no internal combustion engine and produces no emissions," said Lou Siegel, senior vice president of marketing and strategic business development, Dometic Environmental. "We have devoted a great deal of engineering resources to developing, fine-tuning and testing this technology. We are confident we have a practical, reliable and affordable solution that can keep the driver cool for 10 hours or more, while reducing fuel consumption and emissions to zero." 

Dometic's system runs on 12V power from a bank of absorbed glass mat (AGM) Group 31 batteries, with a 2,000 Watt DC-AC inverter that converts the battery output to 115V power to run the air conditioner. The turnkey package also includes a high-capacity alternator with external regulator, which is designed for rapid recharging of the batteries.   

"Although shorepower connections are not yet widely available, we believe that we will see more of them installed at terminals and truck stops in the future," said Siegel. "Our standard inverter contains a 115V pass-through circuit and 50 amp charger to run the air conditioner and recharge batteries when connected to shorepower. We also offer an optional inverter-only model for applications in which shorepower hookups are not needed." 

The auxiliary air conditioning systems are offered in 7,000 and 10,000 BTU capacities. The product line includes self-contained package units and split systems with an external condensing unit. The patented split systems use reusable refrigerant linesets with quick-connect fittings. The units are factory precharged with refrigerant for automatic charging to the correct pressure when the linesets are connected. No special
tools are required. 

Dometic also offers a range of auxiliary air conditioning systems running on output from auxiliary power units (APUs). Many leading APU suppliers specify or recommend the Dometic air conditioners. 

Dometic has a 45+ year heritage of engineering rugged air conditioning products for harsh environments. Dometic's products are thoroughly engineered and tested for over-the-road conditions. 

About Dometic Environmental Corporation
Dometic Environmental Corporation ( , a business unit of Dometic Corporation, is a world leader in air conditioning and refrigeration technology for marine, vehicular and other applications. The company's products are marketed under the Dometic, Cruisair, Marine Air Systems, Grunert and Sentry brand names, with a heritage dating back over 45 years. Corporate headquarters and operations are in Pompano Beach, Fla., with operations also in Richmond, Va. Factory-trained service facilities are located throughout the world.

About Dometic Corporation
Dometic is a customer driven, world-leading provider of innovative leisure products for the caravan, motorhome and marine markets. Dometic offers a complete range of air conditioners, refrigerators, awnings, cookers, sanitation systems, lighting, windows, doors and other equipment that make leisure life more comfortable away from home.

Dometic also provides refrigerators for specific use in hotel rooms, offices, and for storage of medical products and wine along with comfort products designed for the over-the-road truck market. Dometic's products are sold in almost 100 countries and are produced mainly in Dometic's own production facilities around the world. Dometic has more than 4,400 employees.