Norway’s First Year-Round Indoor Ski Arena Chooses CO2

In January 2020, Norway’s first year-round indoor ski arena will open near Oslo – complete with a CO2-based cooling system.

SNØ, Norway’s first year-round indoor ski arena, in Lørenskog (near Oslo), will be cooled by a CO2 transcritical system.

Leading OEM Carrier Commercial Refrigeration, with over 10,000 CO2 installations in Europe, says the PowerCO2OL installation at SNØ will be the largest CO2 transcritical installation in Norway.

“Carrier’s CO2 system meets our need for a long-term, cost-effective solution for Norway’s first indoor ski arena that will allow visitors of all ages to enjoy winter year-round,” said Ing. Petter Nome, CEO of Ipnas (a consultant on the project for SNØ).

The ski arena, slated to open in January 2020, will use three PowerCO2OL racks to deliver 3.1 MW of cooling power.

The PowerCO2OL, integrating Carrier’s CO2OLtec EVO modulating vapour ejector technology as a standard feature to achieve high energy efficiency, will maintain temperatures at -4oC and be able to reach as low as -12oC.

SNØ’s 36,000 m2 snow area will have a 2 km cross-country trail, and three 500m slalom slopes for beginners.

The indoor ski arena hopes to attract 400,000 visitors in its first year of operation – 2020.