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Snowmelt System

Holland Michigan

Since 1988, residents and visitors have enjoyed snow-free streets and sidewalks in downtown Holland throughout the winter season.

Thanks to the Holland BPW snowmelt system, waste heat from power generation is captured to heat water, which is circulated through 190 miles of tubing laid underneath the pavement and sidewalks, back to the Holland BPW power plant. The system pumps over 4,700 gallons of water per minute at 95-degrees and can melt about one inch of snow per hour at 20 degrees Fahrenheit with winds of 10 mph. The snowmelt system is a closed system meaning it is circulating the same water over and over again.

Snowmelt brings convenience and so much more to Downtown Holland.

  • No snow removal
  • No snow banks
  • Extended pavement life
  • Extended brick paver life
  • No salt, sand or de-icer needed
  • Reduced slip and falls during the winter months
  • Increased downtown winter activities
  • Reduced wear inside retail stores

Built using NXP K64F running Mbed OS to help control the flow of heat.

For more information about snowmelt visit snowmelt.cityofholland.com and Jan's blog

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