The Challenging Project That Brought Prinoth to Antarctica
Mon October 07, 2019 - National Edition Prinoth
Prinoth has unveiled a vehicle designed to transport very large loads with less personnel and less impact on the environment, an internal project-code called "Troll". Prinoth is the developer and manufacturer of a very special transport vehicle for Troll, the Norwegian Antarctica Station, which has the aim of reducing overall operational costs through lower fuel consumption, reduced total time of transport and by minimizing the number of people dedicated to transporting fuel and goods in the Antarctic region.
With this particular project, Prinoth demonstrated its capacity to develop complex vehicle solutions that are ambitious, highly specialized and in some cases ground-breaking, yet keeping safety as its paramount priority, according to the manufacturer. Operating in the Antarctica region requires extreme levels of safety precautions and this project certainly proved to everyone that Prinoth is ready to take on the challenges provided by some of Earth's harshest environments.
"This project certainly challenged our teams to push boundaries to refine our know how and to come up with a cutting-edge machine to allow traveling in the crude climate of the Antarctic while still providing the same high levels of productivity Prinoth is renowned for," said Engineering Director Eric Steben.
The concept vehicle was validated during the 2018-2019 season and Prinoth is now in the stages of fine-tuning to optimize its performance and comfort. The project presents several innovations and although the unit requires a few adjustments for the next months of use, overall, the development partners were very satisfied with the support they have received from the entire team in Granby.
Members from the engineering team will travel to Antarctica to optimize the vehicle's performance as well as offer training to mechanics working in the field for the unit maintenance.
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