Ellmau is a part of the Skiwelt region, Austria’s largest, which has wide-ranging initiatives to cut CO2 emissions.
100% Solar Powered Ski Lift
The Bergbahn Scheffau, in Austria’s biggest area, the Skiwelt, operates a 5.8 KW photovoltaic solar system at the top lift station of the Brandstadl 4-MGD (monocable gondola detachable).
The Brixen “Sonnenlift’ (sun lift) , is powered exclusively by solar energy thanks to a large photovoltaic system, around 12,000 kilowatt-hours are generated per year – it even produces a small surplus, which is fed into the electricity grid.
Free Electic Car Charge Points
The Brixen and Scheffau ski lift companies,part of the Skiwelt, have their own electric cars, as well as a charging stations. Upon purchase of a day parking ticket guests receive a code, which enables them to charge their electric cars at the charging station for free.
Also in 2008, a heat recovery system was installed at the top lift station of the SkiWeltbahn 8-MGD (monocable gondola detachable). It uses heat generated by the operation of the lift to heat the nearby Choralpe mountain restaurant.
In addition, with the help of Vaillant, the Hartkaiserbahn funicular uses the waste heat in the machine room to warm the premises in the lift station and the adjoining restaurant.
By utilising the waste heat, approximately 10,000 litres of heating oil is also saved, which in turn results in a saving of 32 tonnes of CO² emissions.
In addition the entire top lift station of the Hochsöll gondola plus the public toilet facilities, ski depot and the “Hexentopf” (cauldron) are heated by the waste heat produced by the gondola, with the aid of a heat pump.
Also in 2007, a heat recovery system with concrete core activation was incorporated into the new section of the Alpenrosenbahn bottom lift station building.
The administration building is heated in winter and cooled in summer using the recovered waste heat from the pumping station of the snowmaking system and transformer station. Thanks to this system, 27.88 tonnes of carbon dioxide is saved from emission every year.
Again in 2008, a heat recovery system was also installed at the top lift station of the Choralmbahn 8-MGD (monocable gondola detachable), which supports the heating system of the Choralpe mountain restaurant.
In addition, an ecological building inspector is on-site at every construction project to monitor any environmental impact.