The equipment designed to artificially melt the snow, used mainly in the highly agglomerated urban areas, were designed to replace the older and more polluting ways to eliminate snow. If, initially, the snow was dumped into bodies of water, like lakes or rivers, later it started to be transported and dumped on land, being left there to melt; however, once the environmental issues that such solutions are causing were understood, the snowmelters – a system where the resulted water is discharged into the public sewage – started to gain more and more popularity. The major difference between the snowmelter and these older systems is the fact that once discharged, the product resulted following the melting of the snow gets to be cleaned at the sewage treatment plant, being afterwards released back into the local water systems. So beside avoiding the contamination with chemicals and debris, this system has a lot of other advantages, like a lower consumption of fuel, mobility, durability, ease of us.
Our solution, based on heat exchangers, is not only much safer than heating a water bath – as there is no open flame or ignition source – but is also less polluting, as in the melting process is using the heat of the exhausted gases released by the engine, thus reducing the total CO2 emissions/ton of melted snow.