SNOCOM B.V.

Energy efficient snow removal

Climate-KIC Start-Up

Founding Year: 2013

Location: the Netherlands

Imagine you have a flight on Christmas to go home and your flight is cancelled due to a heavy snowfall. Passengers, airlines and airports are facing this problem each year. The current technique of clearing snow consists of plowing, brushing and blowing of snow.

SNOCOM has developed a technique to harvest snow by using continuous snow compression. This enables airports to decrease the downtime after a snowfall and reduce operational expenditures by 80%.

But there is more, compressed snow has a higher energy density than loose snow and can be used for cooling. That is why we prefer to speak about snow harvesting and not about snow removal! The current focus of SNOCOM is on the airport market and will be extended to municipalities and ports in a later stage. SNOCOM is in the final stage of product development.

Team Members: Henk Arntz (Mechanical Engineering, M.Sc.) and 4 others