NCC invention wins innovation award
NCC’s SS Terje snow-melting facility has won the 2013 Construction Innovation Award in Norway. The facility melts snow on streets in Oslo in an environmentally compatible manner.
“It is an honor for NCC to receive this innovation award. We contribute to a better environment in Oslo with our snow-melting facility, which effectively removes snow from the streets,” says Engineer Terje Myrhaug, NCC Norway, who developed the facility jointly with Norwegian scientists.
The snow-melting facility resolves snow-storage problems and the SS “Terje” alone has the capacity to melt snow from the streets of Oslo during the winter. The facility is able to melt approximately 500 cubic meters of snow per hour.
The award is presented to a company, organization, authority or individual that has made a significant contribution in innovation related to processes, products or services, as well as new thinking and value creation for the benefit of society and the construction industry.
The jury’s rationale:
“The winner strengthens Norway’s construction traditions. The innovation itself is ingenious and highly energy smart. It responds to strict national and local environmental requirements and is also efficient, reduces transportation requirements and facilitates the recycling of materials. The facility reduces annual carbon and dust emissions by several hundred tons and also utilizes the vast amounts of energy found in natural seawater. The innovation has attracted considerable attention abroad.”
Snow is tipped from the pier onto the barge through a grate, thereby removing unwanted large objects. The snow is crushed and melted. The treatment water is led to mechanical treatment, where oil and other floating contaminations are removed. Finally, the process water passes through a filter system, where the smallest particles are removed before the water is released into the fjord.
“With this technology no contaminated snow will be tipped into the water, the need of landfills of snow decreases significantly and transport decreases. The development of this snow facility is in line with our ambition to be a leader within sustainability,” says Christina Lindbäck, sustainability manager at NCC.
For further information, please contact:
Hans Säll, Marketing Manager, NCC Roads +46 702 45 79 06
Terje Myrhaug, Engineer at NCC Norway +47 918 39 694
Terje Stachnik Hansen, Communication Manager NCC Construction Norway +47 992 16 785
NCC’s media line +46 (0)8 585 519 00, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, NCC’s image bank
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NCC is one of the leading construction and property development companies in the Nordic region. In 2012, NCC reported sales of SEK 57 billion and had 18,000 employees.