It would probably be difficult to think of another sport which is, and always has been, as close to nature as skiing. As a company with a naturally close association with skiing and with the mountains, it is particularly important to us to be sparing in our use of the available resources. That's why TechnoAlpin and MYNEIGE never stop trying to increase the efficiency of all its components and is constantly looking for ways to make improvements and optimize potential, from the system design, pumping plants and the snow guns right through to the control system. And successfully so, having seen constant improvements in energy efficiency in recent years thanks to intelligent snow-making systems.
Fundamental to energy efficiency in snow-making is the system design. The requirements of any given ski resort must be discussed with the managers there and precisely defined in order to dimension the system correctly. The aim should be to design a snow-making system which can provide basic ground coverage within 72 hours, using optimum windows of opportunity for snow generation. Another key aspect is the installation of the right snow gun in the right location. Therefore TechnoAlpin and MYNEIGE have a broad range of snowmaking solutions, enabling various applications and providing scope to factor in the conditions in any given locality.
Automatic crontrol systems
A fully automatic and intelligent control system is essential for energy-efficient snow generation. The snow operations team can see at a glance from the temperature readings which slopes are the best option for energy-efficient snow generation. The real-time statistics allow them to monitor the water and energy consumption at all times. An energy control function prevents the maximum power limit from being exceeded.
High-quality components and regular servicing increase the reliability and therefore also the efficiency of the pumping plants. Regular maintenance work should be understood as an essential contributory factor when it comes to guaranteeing optimum performance. The new service contracts are ensuring that the systems are regularly checked by trained personnel.
Every pumping plant has its own control unit with the software adapted to individual specifications. The pumping plants are linked with the control softwares ATASSplus of Liberty, thereby making optimum use of the increasingly shorter windows of opportunity for snow generation. The intelligent control systems also ensure that optimum use is being made of the pump and compressor capacity. This increases the efficiency of the system with lasting and sustainable effect.
The Development department is always trying to come up with ways to make the snow guns more efficient. The aim is to make more snow with the resources used. The Quadrijet nozzles with ceramic insert on the fan guns guarantee an even spray action for optimum results, generating more snow from the amount of water used. The snow output from the lances has also been continually increased by optimizing the nozzles and nucleators.
The right snow gun for every requirement has been engineered due to the sheer number of applications. Fan guns for wide and medium-sized slopes are fitted with an automatic rotation mechanism in order to distribute the snow over a wide area. This also reduces the slope preparation time. Lances are used on narrow, medium-sized slopes which are sheltered from the wind in order to minimize drift.