Jacques Cousteau Receives Testimonial Plaque From Carrier Transicold Employees

Carrier Transicold Division president Stephen P. Munn presents Jacques Cousteau with a testimonial plaque,signed with pride by the Carrier employees who built two air conditioning systems donated to the Alcyone, Captain Cousteau's experimental windship.

Jacques Cousteau's experimental windship Alcyone completed its maiden voyage across the Atlantic last June, thanks in part to two water source heat pump systems donated by United Technologies' Carrier Transicold Division.

The pride of Carrier employees who built the systems was recognized as Carrier Transicold Division president Stephen P. Munn presented a testimonial plaque bearing their signatures to Captain Cousteau at the Cousteau Society Headquarters in Norfolk, Va.

"We're pleased the water source heat heat pump systems were of service to Captain Cousteau," said Mr. Munn, presenting the plaque on behalf of employees at Carrier's Bramalea, Ontario, manufacturing facility. "For us at Carrier Transicold, it was a point of pride to apply our work to such an important, innovative undertaking." The 50VQ048 heat pumps are Alcyone's only source of heating and cooling. In addition to providing in-cabin comfort for the crew members, the vertically installed units help maintain proper indoor temperatures for the sensitive electronic, radar and research equipment on board.

Carrier Transicold specified the highly efficient, corrosive-resistant systems to conform to Alcyone's strict energy conservation requirements, and specially adapted both units to marine configurations. The Division also donated shipboard spare parts.

Captain Cousteau appreciated the results, saying that without the Carrier systems, Alcyone's interior would have felt like "a World War II submarine." Equipped with two aluminum Turbosail® cylinders resembling masts, Alcyclone utilizes wind propulsion through a design concept borrowed from aviation wing technology.

During the next two years, the ship will continue a series of expeditions to test the Turbosail system.

Carrier Transicold is a leading global manufacturer of transport refrigeration and air conditioning equipment for trucks, trailers, containers, buses, ships and railway cars.

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