The Challenging Project that brought PRINOTH to Antarctica
4 October 2019
PRINOTH is extremely proud to unveil a vehicle unlike any other in the world designed to transport very large loads with less personnel and less impact on the environment, an internal project-code called “Troll”. Indeed, PRINOTH is the proud 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 minimising the number of people dedicated to transporting fuel and goods in the Antarctic region.
The PRINOTH brand name is associated with high quality solutions for off-road applications. With this particular project, we are mostly excited to demonstrate our capacity to develop complex vehicle solutions that are ambitious, highly specialized and in some cases ground-breaking, yet keeping safety as our paramount priority. 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 Earths’ 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,” says 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 patent-pending 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.