ICEfight: On to the top!

2023-03-22 Successstory, Renewable energy

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Doppelmayr has realized cable car installations in all venues of the Winter Olympics since 2002.

The Doppelmayr|Garaventa Group with approx. 2700 employees was founded in Wolfurt in 1893 and is today the world market leader in cable car construction. In addition to reversible, reversible, fixed-grip and detachable cable cars, the Group also develops and manufactures material transport systems and cable liners. In addition to its headquarters in Wolfurt, the company is represented in a total of 40 countries around the world and has already completed around 14,800 projects, including the cable car to the Zugspitze, the city cable car in London and the cable car network in the Bolivian city of La Paz.

Beijing 2022

The XXIV Olympic Winter Games are scheduled to take place in Beijing from February 4 to 20, 2022. In addition to the main venue, new sports facilities are currently being built at two other locations: Zhanjiakou, about 180 kilometers away, will host cross-country skiing and biathlon competitions as well as ski jumping, among others. In Yanqing, about 74 kilometers away, bobsleigh, luge and skeleton races as well as all alpine skiing competitions will take place. The newly created ski resort will continue to be used after the 2022 Olympics. Beijing is the first city in the world to also win the bid for the Winter Games after the 2008 Summer Olympics.


The view is majestic: In four years' time, top athletes from all over the world will be able to look out over the rugged landscape northwest of Beijing from the highest peak of the National Alpine Ski Centre in Yanqing. The Austrian world market leader in cable car construction is equipping the entirely new ski area with a total of 9 lifts, taking the Olympic athletes to lofty heights of up to 2190 meters. In the truest sense of the word 'airy' - because as in any high mountain region, extreme wind speeds are also generated there.


KRIWAN was brought on board by Doppelmayr for the wind sensor technology - and equips all cable cars with the INT10 wind speed sensor and the INT30 wind direction sensor. The technology from Hohenlohe is used in five detachable gondola lifts for 8 passengers each as well as in two detachable 6-seater chairlifts and two fixed-grip 4-seater chairlifts.


"We are naturally delighted to be able to equip our partner Doppelmayr with our technology for such a special project as well."

Matthias Jocham
KRIWAN Area Sales Manager Österreich


Even though Doppelmayr has already gained a lot of experience with Olympic contracts, equipping the Olympic Games is anything but 'routine' but still something special. "The order for the 2022 Olympics and the renewed confidence in our products is great," explains Alexander Klimmer, General Sales Manager at Doppelmayr, "we are delighted to be able to demonstrate our capabilities once again at this major sporting event."

The Forchtenberg team is similarly enthusiastic. As a system provider, KRIWAN has long been a partner of the Doppelmayr/Garaventa Group and equips almost all Doppelmayr cable cars with complete solutions for wind measurement. The INT10 anemometer, which can be used to determine wind speed, is one of the two most frequently used systems. The non-contact, magnetic scanning system not only works particularly precisely and measures with an accuracy of ± 0.5 meters per second, it is also extremely robust and designed for temperatures between -40° and +70° Celsius. In addition to cable cars, it is also used on crane systems or wind turbines, among other applications. And the INT30 wind direction sensor also defies any weather. Designed primarily for wind turbines, the system has a measuring range of 360 degrees and operates with an accuracy of ±2.5 degrees.

"The fact that a world market leader like Doppelmayr relies on KRIWAN technology for its modern installations makes it clear that we are among the champions not only in terms of motor protection and monitoring, but also in wind sensor technology," Matthias Jocham continues, "This is of course a great compliment and incentive to continue delivering top performance in this area as well."


The collaboration with Doppelmayr and the use of KRIWAN products at the 2022 Winter Olympics are just one of many examples of KRIWAN's successful work. Further projects are already in the starting blocks - as are new partnerships with well-known companies and manufacturers of wind-sensitive systems. With intensive research and the continuous further development of existing products, KRIWAN will continue to expand its lead and remain the number one system supplier.

Used products

INT10 ICEfight® Anemometer

INT30 ICEfight® Wind direction

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