Periodic Reporting for period 2 - Snowless (Real-time reaction, autonomous and energy-efficient snowmelt technology for lightly and heavily trafficked pavement surfaces.)
Reporting period: 2019-10-01 to 2020-08-31
So, effective ice prevention is of main importance. The SNOWLESS project, an instant de-icing, energy efficient solution, overcomes those drawbacks using our proprietary amorphous alloy heating ribbons that are embedded in pavements and completely automatic control unit with real-time dynamic response, which convert electrical energy into direct radiant heat energy for melting snow on the surface.
Our solution is environmentally friendly, prevents asphalt cracking by reducing the temperature amplitude and promotes self-healing in the asphalt itself.
We intend commercialize SNOWLESS 3 years after development, ideally by 2021 in 2 phases, with initial introduction to shopping malls parking, which have less stringent requirements and then progress to difficult applications such airports and road infrastructure. We anticipate a revenue and profit of €50M and €15M respectively coming from sales over 5 years, creating 21 employment opportunities in the process.
In the period October 2019 to August 2020 the consortium installed Pilot sites: Ramp Woerden, DTU Denmark, ASML Docking stations (handover planned November 2020) and a ramp at Grotius The Hague (handover planned for Summer 2021). The main objective of this installations is an in-depth analysis of data and how the system acts and performs along with constructability validation and experience. The pilot installations integrate all SNOWLESS solution features as were developed and finalized in the first period, including grooving capabilities, adapted ribbons with new coating and connectors alongside full modularization algorithm control unit and software (D3_2). Due to the lack of wintery circumstances (2019-2020) in the Netherlands, no experience of the ramp Woerden is collected.
This also for the installation at Brandenburg. No deep investigations have been executed.
From scaling-up point of view HSI and SAN have scaled up their production facilities and adapted the production processes. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 it is a struggle to discuss Snowless opportunities in the Nordics or China/ Canada/ US. Also, the Intertraffic exhibition has been postponed to 2021. So, from that perspective as soon as the pandemic eases, we will disseminate our solutions in a more effective manner.
Snowless is ready for commercializing. A brochure is ready, the website is launched (www.snowlessroads.com) and the solutions are ready.
It is expected that the project will terminate with a practical method for installing heating ribbons in asphalt pavements over wide areas, in a smart control unit that can operate the ribbons efficiently, and ultimately in a cost effective and validated solution for facility owners that can replace traditional salting and mechanical snow clearing operations. These advances are over and above the current state of the practice; they will be driven by scientific understanding of the problem from both thermal and mechanical facets and will generate new journal and conference articles as well as a PhD graduate.