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Snow generation with reduced energy consumption and noise emission, more consistent quality and extended operating temperature ranges

Objective

Mountainous regions are often strongly dependent on tourism, particularly on winter tourism. Technical snow is of vital importance in operating ski resorts that are fighting climate change. Operating costs and environmental aspects considerably gain importance and threaten feasibility of snowmaking.
This proposal presents a multi-barrier approach to establish a scientific basis in technical snowmaking, which was prior dominated by incremental experimental developments. Bringing a scientific understanding to the process development we anticipate major improvements, especially in fluid dynamics and noise-control.
Current snowmaking technology is already sophisticated, but still yields a major potential for improvement. High energy demands and therefore operating costs hinder the widespread use of the technology, as well as the high noise emissions that are restricted by law.
The new snowmaking system will offer an improved performance allowing production of quality snow with reduced energy consumption at higher temperatures and with low noise emission. This will enable the widespread and financially viable use of snowmaking technology in ski resorts. Operators profit from low operational costs and an earlier season start. The lowered noise emission enables use near residences or wildlife sanctuaries.
Tourism industry is major branch in Europe and together with all its linked businesses accounts for 10% of Europe’s GDP and 12% of the total employments. It annually generates €266 billion.
The tourism market is steadily growing at about 4%, the high demand on winter tourism is lasting and climate change is threatening. This demands increased use of snowmaking equipment.
In developing the new snowmaking equipment we will generate improved technologies in the area of fluid dynamics, passive cooling and noise-control that can be of interest for industrial applications beyond this project.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /social sciences/economics and business
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/employment
  • /social sciences/law
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/classical mechanics/fluid mechanics/fluid dynamics

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2011
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 19 871
Administrative Contact
Christoph Schulte (Mr.)

Participants (6)

C.B.N. SAS DI MONICA ROSA CIBIEN & C.
Italy
EU contribution
€ 159 002
Address
Via Nicolo Copernico 56
20090 Trezzano Sul Naviglio
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Monica Rosa Cibien (Ms.)
H-SIEBEN MASCHINENTECHNIK GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 184 687
Address
Kufsteiner Strasse 4
6336 Langkampfen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gerhard Mairhofer (Mr.)
TOGGENBURG BERGBAHNEN AG
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 149 182
Address
Dorf
9657 Unterwasser
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ruedi Bösch (Mr.)
DEMACLENKO SCHWEIZ GMBH
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 232 612
Address
Birkenweg 7
8362 Balterswil
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Peter Widmer (Mr.)
PROFACTOR GMBH
Austria
Address
Im Stadtgut A2
4407 Steyr Gleink
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Dieter Brandecker (Mr.)
DEMACLENKO IT SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 304 946
Address
Str. Plan 28
390048 Bolzano
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Emanuele Bazzechi (Dr.)