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Military Airfield / Shelter / Water Heating Solutions

Robust and proven in extreme conditions - that’s what you can expect from Polartherm’s military type ground support, space and water heaters. Alaska, the South Pole, Afghanistan (deployed with US forces) and Greenland are just a few places where our heaters keep personnel and equipment from freezing.

With some 15.000 field heaters delivered to customers in the United States, Canada, Korea and Finland, each one with their own unique requirements, we are quite confident that we shall meet yours as well.

With our heaters we keep ground support troops, tents/living spaces, and aircraft engines warm; and with our automated freeze protected, on demand water heater, we keep water tanks from freezing providing hot water in minutes whenever it is needed.

With in-house R&D and manufacturing capabilities we are positive we can meet any heating needs. And having manufactured hundreds of thousands of heaters in our 40 year history doesn’t hurt either.

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Military Airfield / Shelter / Water Heating Solutions - 18/11/2015

Polartherm - Story of a water jar

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The United States National Science Foundation (NSF) has a large Antarctic research station at McMurdo on the Antarctic. While ships can reach the station during Antarctic Mid-Summer, all supplies have to be flown over during the winter. US Air National Guard (ANG) provides the flight service with planes (mostly C-130 Hercules) landing on ice on skis. While on the "Ground", the planes must be kept warm, and engines need to be pre-heated for start. 25 Polartherm NGH heaters, slightly modified and painted yellow so they can be found after snowstorms, have provided this heat from 2005.

On South Pole itself, there is an international Research and Science facility, which also is supplied by air for food and necessary people and equipment transportation. The McMurdo Ground Support Group approached us in 2007 asking if our NGH’s could be used on the Pole itself also. The big question was the Altitude: the South Pole elevation is 3 km (10,000 feet). It was not certain if the heater and the included Diesel engine would work in the thin air at this elevation. Polartherm’s then CEO, Mr. Paavo Sorvakko, took out his old Thermodynamics books (from his College times 35 years back) and started calculating. As expected, he could make no heads or tails out of it.

To further the case, Paavo sent an email to McMurdo: "Just send the heater up there and test it! Our heaters work anywhere!" For further confirmation he wrote: "Should it happen that you cannot get the heater working, I will personally send you a bottle of the best Finnish Vodka there is. In return, if it works as I am sure it will, you will have to send me some water you melted with our heater at the Pole!"

Two weeks went by and a laconic email came back: "Where can I send this water?"

In due time, we received two plastic sample bottles with water and a note saying that the water was melted from a drill sample and had, before this, not seen the sunlight in 1.5 Million years.

The water is still there as the water has always remained on Earth and is clean as crystal. Only the bottle plastic has turned brown with time.

In addition to the 25 pcs of NGH heaters at McMurdo there are five NGH’s now in service on South Pole itself.

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