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Build an emergency hospital in one day with NorLense shelters

Published 2 Dec 2022 (updated 25 June 2024) · 3 min read

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  • High pressure inflatable tent
  • Easy to install, transport and maintain
  • Provides crucial infrastructure for relief efforts

During the pandemic, there has been an increasing demand for inflatable shelters. “A lot of our tents are used as field hospitals and Covid shelters. Each tent can be inflated in 10–20 minutes, so it’s no problem to install a hospital in one day,” says Rune Fivelstad of NorLense Shelter Solutions.

Humanitarian aid workers are on the ground in the world’s most dire situations. In Syria, aid workers are providing relief to the 13.4 million people in need of assistance, while in Yemen, they are helping the 2.3 million children facing acute malnutrition.

To do their jobs right, these workers need shelters that are highly mobile, durable and easy-to-install so they can serve the local people in need. Military, medical and rescue personnel have similar needs for flexible shelter solutions.

High pressure inflatable tents for temporary shelter in the field

“You can get a shelter to people in a very short time. Our tents have even been used on the North Pole. In Svalbard, helicopters can drop the tents with air bottles to rapidly inflate the tents in remote locations. This gives medical personnel the shelter they need to treat people in distress,” says Fivelstad.

NorLense High Pressure Inflatable Tents are fully equipped shelters for use as living quarters, offices, medical facilities, command centres, kitchens, dining facilities, sanitary facilities, workshops and storage space. NorLense’s tent is a one-piece solution with no loose parts. Each tent has an integrated floor, roof, walls, doors and windows, as well as AC, cable and vent ducts.


“Our tents improve the accommodation and working conditions for relief workers and soldiers in the field. They are very comfortable, and easy to install, transport and maintain,” says Fivelstad. The tents are installed using compressors, enabling easy, automatic erection. One tent can be inflated in just 10–20 minutes, and an entire hospital can be set up in a day. The compressors can be powered by several different sources, such as electricity, fuel, brake air from vehicles or air bottles, depending on the field conditions.

In addition to extensive military use, NorLense tents are used in the UN’s “first flight kits” for first responders. They are also used as Covid shelters at hospital entrances in Sweden and as Red Cross field hospitals in the Middle East.

Small environmental footprint

NorLense tents have a small environmental footprint. The compressors are powered by low or no-emission sources, and the tents have a lifespan of 20 years or more. Moreover, all the materials used in the tents are recyclable.

The NorLense high-pressure technology makes the tents extremely durable. They can withstand temperatures from -45 °C to +70 °C, and unlike low-pressure tents, they do not collapse under extreme temperature changes. They can also handle harsh weather conditions with high snow load and wind speeds up to 145 km/h.


Growing need for temporary shelters

The global temporary shelters market is expected to reach USD 48 billion by 2023.

NorLense has been delivering shelter solutions worldwide for 20 years, making continual improvements over time based on customer feedback. The company has framework agreements with the United Nations and Norwegian Ministry of Defence, among others.

Established in Norway in 1975, NorLense also delivers an innovative solution for oil spill recovery.

Rune Fivelstad

Sales Manager Shelter Solutions

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