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Brussels adds solar power to ULD

Brussels airport cool boxPARIS: October 26, 2016. Brussels Airport has made an innovative move to add solar panels to its 'Airside Pharma Transporter', enabing the refrigerated unit to maintain an appropriate temperature for pharma shipments.

The temperature within the unit can be monitored in real time; it can keep cool on a hot tarmac; operate for several days without an external power source; and the solar panels make it energy neutral.

Developed for the pharmaceutical industry in Belgium and introduced last year at Brucargo, the unit ensures medicines and vaccines are shipped without concerns of decay due to failings in temperature management.

Arnaud Feist, CEO of Brussels Airport Company said: "The pharmaceutical branch is one of the most important sectors in our country and has a large added value for our economy. It is, therefore essential that we offer the required customized service when they export their products.

"With the new 'Airside Pharma Transporter' we have developed an efficient product that, thanks to the solar panels, is also extremely environmentally friendly," he added.

(Pictured: Representatives from Brussels Airport, Brinks, Brussels Airlines Cargo, Expeditors and SPS at the launch of the new cool container at the Air Cargo Forum in Paris.)

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