Optimization starts from the head
When we talk about energy efficiency, TechnoAlpin is able to offer ski resort operators a vast range of solutions to reduce energy consumption: one of these is the replacement of older air & water towers' heads with new generation heads.
There are many ski resorts that still make snow on their slopes with the Rubis Classic, V2 and V3 snow producers or some that are even older such as the AA9 and A30. All these types of snow producers were very successful for TechnoAlpin in the past: in fact, they opened up new opportunities for operators in terms of snow production. The technology behind these lances was innovative, with highly efficient nucleators and nozzles, as well as a head on top of a long mast. For years, these snow producers were among the most efficient on the market, boasting significantly reduced air consumption.
In 2009, the then York Neige developed and released the Rubis Evolution air & water tower, thereby significantly improving the production performance of the previous Rubis model. Thanks to a redesign of the shape of the head and new nucleation, the team of engineers at York was able to reach a particularly low air consumption, reducing the consumption by 75% for the 6 meter Rubic Evo and 25% for the 10 meter Rubis Evo.
In 2013, it was the turn of the V3ee lance head: it is also characterized by low air consumption when compared to the existing products. On the one hand, the nucleators guarantee better formation of the snow nuclei; on the other, the optimized head shape promotes water atomization and therefore the formation of crystals. An additional innovation resides in the possibility to use an autonomous compressor, with just 2.4 kW of connected power, to run the V3ee. Thanks to these features, the air consumption of the snow producer is reduced by 50% compared to the previous model and, at the same time, the acoustic emission is reduced also.
A large part of the components of the snowmaking shelter remains unchanged, which means a limited investment to make the optimization: it is the heads and the control valves that change, except for Rubis Evo which do not need new valves. This type of job can yield operational advantages and significant saving for ski resort operators. In fact, by replacing the snow producers' heads with new models, the entire system will become more efficient.
The operators who invest in this type of optimization achieve several objectives: energy savings, improved production performance and reduced sound emissions. On the one hand, for the same air capacity, the reduced air consumption of the new heads will generate an additional air volume which will make it possible to install more snow producers or to operate more snow producers simultaneously, thereby allowing the snowmakers to produce more snow in the same number of hours of production. Being able to open any given slope at the beginning of the winter season, especially at marginal temperatures, is priceless!
On the other hand, also depending on the climate conditions of the season, the lower consumption of air can lead also to saving on energy costs, by reducing the hours of operation of the compressor or simply by removing the compressor, which is now redundant.
Thanks to these head optimizations, snow production will gain in efficiency. TechnoAlpin is constantly searching for possible optimization potential: Through product innovation, operators will be able to reach their objectives in less time, thereby saving energy and resources.