I’m happily surprised because it works. My compressors never run! I'm getting notes from my staff -- the compressors aren't running any more. I can't wait to see my next hydro bill.
We are very pleased with the results of the REALice system thus far. The users have reported very hard, consistent, and fast ice. The ice also looks very clear and has a nice sheen to it.
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.
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!
In Williams Lake we have very hard and mineralized water and we have found that the ice is as good as before the Real Ice installation if not better. We have also noticed our ice stays much clearer than before. We flood with 57-60 degree F water and have not had any problems at all since the system was installed. The cost savings on our utilities is also quite noticeably better and this is a big positive when you deal with your politicians or directors.
The change in the ice is hard to describe -- it just feels denser.
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.
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.
“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.”
We have been very impressed with the product for the short time we have had it. The quality of the ice has been tremendous. We are fine tuning the surface temp when the arena is full and the heaters are on in the stands. We are running our compressors about 25% less. Our gas reduction is down significantly because we are not heating our water to resurface the ice. I would give a ballpark estimate in savings of about $1,200 - $1,500/month.
Ice made with REALice is resilient and strong & allows for a faster and better Hockey Game.
I skate Wednesday night at the Complex Arena in Castlegar and the ice looks great. It feels hard and durable.
The ice is harder and nicer to skate on. It’s fast and feels more stable. I am able to concentrate on the jump itself and not so much on our speed.
You notice a big difference. The ice is harder and nicer to skate on. What’s more, it’s fast. It’s very good ice.