Resurface your ice with unheated water
The Ice Box Arena in Kamloops
55,000 kWh Estimated Savings with REALice®
The REALice® system is 100% maintenance free, no moving parts, no additional energy sources or systems are needed.
REALice® is in use in over 320 ice arenas worldwide, by NHL Winter Classics & eligible to receive rebates from various utilities across North America. E Source lists REALice® as one of its top 20 Technologies of 2015.
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REALice® treated water produces ice that’s hard and resilient.
REALice® is used by the NHL for all their outdoor games, Winter Classic, Heritage Classic and Stadium Series, since 2010.
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Getting started with the REALice® System
Our compressors are running approx. 25% less and the load on the hot water boilers is down over 50%. With this, we estimate on the Hydro side alone over 87'000 kWh in savings during the 7 months operations period.
I was a sceptic at first as it goes against all we are taught as icemakers using cold water only. After switching and witnessing results first hand and listening to user comments, I’m now convinced that this technology is the right choice for us!
Our staff and users are completely satisfied with the switch, in fact if we hadn’t told users about it they wouldn’t even have noticed the change. On top of that, we are already seeing reductions in our gas and electricity usage.
I skate Wednesday night at the Complex Arena in Castlegar and the ice looks great. It feels hard and durable.
What did you do to the ice after Christmas? Keep doing what you are doing, we love our Ice here in Castlegar.
Ice made with REALice is resilient and strong & allows for a faster and better Hockey Game.
REALice works and making great ice comes from good ice maintenance. There’s nothing else out there that we could put in so easily and save the money we’re saving.
Besides the utility savings, we have seen a great increase in the clarity of the ice and we noticed that scale build up has been reduced since last season.
While we normally prefer to see a full year of data first, to account for temperature changes and operational variables, we have seen results that align with estimated savings by Florian at REALice. The last three months of data show that we are on track for an annual savings of 90,000 kWh and that we are currently exceeding the anticipated natural gas savings of 900GJ per year. This translates into $18,000 in annual savings and a 2 year payback.
“We’re excited! The REALice system is going to save us the community money and greenhouse gasses,” he says. “With the energy savings we’re projecting, we’ll be able to reach our greenhouse gas reduction target of 33%, several years ahead of our 2020 target.”