The REALice water treatment system for ice arenas eliminates the need for hot water when building and resurfacing ice.
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.
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.
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.
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 skate Wednesday night at the Complex Arena in Castlegar and the ice looks great. It feels hard and durable.
The change in the ice is hard to describe -- it just feels denser.
Ice made with REALice is resilient and strong & allows for a faster and better Hockey Game.
What did you do to the ice after Christmas? Keep doing what you are doing, we love our Ice here in Castlegar.
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!
Thank you Sustainable Peterborough for the Energy Award for our REALiceCanada project at the Ennismore Community Centre! We can’t wait to put another system in in Lakefield!