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Secop unveils ‘ultra-low’ temp compressor

Aug. 2, 2022
German manufacturer’s new mobile cooling system enables the safe transportation of COVID-19 and Ebola vaccines regardless of ambient temperatures.

German manufacturer Secop recently introduced a compressor designed for mobile refrigeration systems that require extremely low temperatures to safely transport biomaterials such as vaccines for COVID-19 and Ebola.

Secop’s new MP2UVULTM compressor, which is part of the company’s ULT series, supports temperatures ranging from minus 94 F to minus 122 F (minus 70 C to minus 86 C), regardless of outside temperatures, the company said. The compressor operates with battery and solar power, eliminating the need for a power grid.

The Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI)—a public-private health partnership that aims to increase access to immunizations in lower-income countries—has relied on Secop products for many years to support its mission to improve access to life-saving vaccines in developing countries. “This experience with GAVI, combined with our long history working in collaboration with some of the world’s leading medical refrigeration solutions manufacturers, has helped to drive the development of Secop’s medical device ULT product series for ultra-low temperatures,” said John B. Lange, head of global accounts at Secop. “These systems were designed to perform in a range from minus 76 F to minus 122 F (minus 60 C to minus 86 C).”

The MP2UVULTM is suitable for 21- to 42-quart (20- to 40-liter) cooling containers and, unlike other systems, requires no dry ice, Secop said. This feature brings environmental benefits and facilitates distribution in remote areas where water is in short supply.

Secop’s ULT products are certified by the World Health Organization (WHO) and used in refrigeration equipment in hospitals, laboratories, research facilities, and other settings that require reliable temperature control. They are designed to be compatible with ethane (R170) refrigerant.

In addition to the MP2UVULTM compressor for mobile use, Secop’s ULT compressor series includes four other compressors for stationary use. All compressors in this lineup can be used for ultra-low temperatures, as well as biomedical applications with temperatures ranging from minus 22 F to minus 76 F (minus 30 C to minus 60 C). Secop’s ULT refrigeration compressors for stationary use are available in the entire global voltage range. This broad range is suitable for refrigerated containers with volumes from 21 to 211 quarts (20 to 200 liters) and from 211 to 528 quarts (200 to 500 liters).

All Secop ULT solutions feature robust design and include user-friendly software tools, as well as access to experts who support original equipment manufacturers in product development and customization, the company said.  

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