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Maria Alm resort to install new Demaclenko snow guns

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Demaclenko has been commissioned by the Maria Alm ski resort in Salzburg, Austria, to install over one hundred new snow guns as well as a new pump station with cooling system.

Siegfried Egger, Technical Director in Maria Alm, explained why they chose Demaclenko: “Above all, we were convinced of the products’ great snow performance and remarkable efficiency. And we were offered a turn-key solution from one partner.”

A total of 106 new snow guns and 61 new concrete pits are being installed on the site. Egger said that there was another advantage with the use of the resource-efficient snow lance EOS (0.195m3/min): “By strategically using the EOS, it was no longer necessary to build a new compressor station, as planned.”

22 completely new lances are being installed, and the already existing 67 lance units are being replaced by new ones. In addition, 39 Titan 3.0 fan guns will support the snow coverage network of the resort.

A complete optimisation of the pump stations has also been planned. Alongside the extension of the already existing station Aberg Tal and Urslau, (raising the conveying capacity from 60 l/s to 120 l/s), the new main pump station ‘Natrun’ is being built directly next to the new reservoir with a maximum conveying capacity of 360 l/s. The system is being fitted out with a cooling system that has three triple cooling towers, which can provide 270 l/s of cool water at the ideal temperature for making snow. In addition, three high pressure valve shafts have been preassembled and prepared for transfer by Demaclenko. Demaclenko’s visualisation software Snowvisual 4.0 will allow for the optimal operation and control of the new components, and give customers a user-friendly efficiency package which includes cost-saving resource management. The construction of a pedestrian pipeline bridge is also included in the package.

Delivery of the new equipment has been scheduled for autumn so that it can produce white slopes in Maria Alm as early as next winter.

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