Mitigation strategies reduce carbon emissions in the atmosphere and increase resilience of the ski resort in managing energy.
Energy demand in ski resorts is rapidly increasing due to consumption by ski lifts, snow groomers and by artificial snow making systems. The increase in energy demand is reflected in an increase in the energy and environmental costs.
What are mitigation measures?
Sky resort-operators can adopt different mitigations measures at different levels
Overall ski resort
Monitoring and Integrated Energy Management System (IEMS)
Monitor and implement an EMS
Assess ski lifts energy efficiency
Implement renewable energy sources (e.g. PV)
Implement speed control measures (e.g. based on the number of entrances)
Replace old ski lift systems with modern technology
Optimal water management (flow rates, height differences, main and secondary reservoirs, water concessions)
Through the analysis of the pumps for the distribution of water and their working points, interesting ideas can be found for the reduction of unnecessary oversize, operation outside the optimum range, replacement of inefficient pumps
Replace old snow-making systems with modern technology
Implement an automated snow making system
Plan which kind of snow making system is the most effective for the ski resort (Fan gun, Hybrid/tower, Hybrid/high-pressure)
Implement renewable energy sources
Verification of the systems available for the management of the snow groomers’ park and for the management of the snow groomers’ routes. The advantages are several:
• reduction of maintenance costs;
• reduction of fuel consumption through the optimization of routes;
• control of the work on the slopes (thickness of the snow);
• online monitoring of the machines (e.g. position, speed, with advantages for safety and consumption)
Replace old grooming machines with newer ones
Implement hybrid/electric snow groomers
Assess the energy consumption of the ski resorts building and improve the heating system and ventilation
Replace indoor and outdoor lighting with energy-efficient lightbulbs and an automated lighting control
Improve the energy efficiency of building envelopes
Implement heat recovery
Implement renewable energy sources for heating and electricity
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This project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the Interreg Alpine Space Programe