Frigotherm Ferrari can do more than business as usual. We are also masters of improvisation and creativity, two qualities that are mainly in demand when creating unique systems. Combined with our experience and expertise in refrigeration technology, this results in extraordinary systems for extraordinary circumstances.
We built one of these particular systems for one of the most famous South Tyroleans in the world: Ötzi, the Iceman. For 30 years, the 5,300-year-old glacier mummy has been providing scientists from all over the world with essential insights into our past.
When building the facility in which Ötzi is kept, however, we were looking to the future. After all, the requirements for his current resting place were unprecedented in their complexity. A complex of climate chambers was created to preserve the world's oldest mummy, which is kept at a constant temperature under thermohygrometric conditions thanks to an indirect cooling system. The redundant design ensures that the system continues to operate even in the event of failures.
The realisation of the system was a challenge for our experts. The technology of indirect cooling, which is widely used in food preservation, has never been tested to store archaeological finds. The high precision of the control, the reliability, and the possibility of making a piece of human history accessible to the public make this project unique.
Photo: © Südtiroler Archäologiemuseum – www.iceman.it