A revolutionary technology, which originates in Italy, has been incorporated into the new cable car system that will carry visitors and supporters to the FIFA 2018 World Cup final stadium. And it is all thanks to Nidec Industrial Solutions (NIS) that Italy regains a prominent position at the 2018 World Cup. The company has, in fact, played a key role in the development of Moscow’s new cable car system that connects two focal points in the Russian capital - the scenic viewpoint at Moscow State University, located on Sparrow Hills (also known as ‘Vorobyovy Gory’), and the Luzhniki Stadium, the sports complex where the 2018 World Cup Final is due to be played.
The new cable car, that will make three stops, will glide 140m above the Moskva River. The panoramic location on Sparrow Hills will eventually become the site of an important sports area, dedicated to international events. In particular, by the end of 2018, the old ski jumping ramp dating from 1953 will have been restored and reopened. In addition to the usual passengers, the cable car will also carry amateur and professional athletes heading for the ski slopes or the ramp in winter, and, all year round, to the sporting events at the Luzhniki Stadium. The system will also constitute a tourist attraction, thanks to the stunning views from the panoramic cable cars.
The headquarters of NIS in Montebello Vicentino, a center of world excellence in the development of cutting edge systems for cableways, in conjunction with Bartholet Maschinenbau AG (BMF), leader in the mechanical lifting systems sector, has designed the electronic equipment that complies with European directives for the automation and safety of transport passenger systems. More specifically, NIS has provided the drives, motors, communication systems and wiring, support during the startup stage and the training of local operators, which is required in order to ensure that the entire facility operates flawlessly. The technology used makes this cableway system totally unique. In fact, whilst the cable cars travel the system’s entire route, the seats take a shorter run over the hill, thanks to a speedy exchange method. This cable car system is the third of its kind produced by the two companies in Russia.
“Strengthened by our experience in the design and development of industrial control and automation systems for cable transport, that dates back more than 40 years, our team of engineers, based in North Italy, have devised a customized system capable of enhancing the territory both by facilitating transport and offering tourists an unforgettable experience, by using a turnkey technological solution that is safe, dependable and long-lasting”commented Kaila Haines, Marketing & PR Director for Nidec Industrial Solutions. “We are particularly proud of this project, which we have developed and put together in conjunction with local institutions and BMF. It will benefit the entire population, visitors and the development of the local economy and culture.”
The 737m cable car system has thirty-five, eight-seater cable cars and will handle 1600 passengers an hour. It also has VIP Deluxe cars. Nidec ASI’s cutting edge technology and the four main drives installed, will provide variable power of between 120 and 150kw, producing a cruising speed of 3 meters per second. The system consists of two different sections - the first overflies the Moskva River whilst the second travels to the top of the hill - with an intermediate interchange that makes the ascent and descent of the passengers possible. It will be possible to make a stop, along the route, before crossing the river and arriving at the stadium. The flow will be coordinated and managed by the control room located at the top of the futuristic Luzhniki station.