02 Dec REALice system ordered for Brampton’s Earnscliffe Recreation Centre
VANCOUVER – The Earnscliffe Recreation Centre in Brampton, has ordered a 3-D printed REALice system to treat all the resurfacing water used in their twin pad arena. The Swedish technology is expected to be installed before Dec. 16th in order to meet the Enbridge incentive deadline for customised incentives.
With its REALice installation, the ice arena, owned by the City of Brampton, is expected to save over 167,083 kWh in hydro consumption, and over 25,000 m3 of natural gas — annually — by no longer needing to use extremely hot water to resurface its ice.
In making the order, the City of Brampton will be taking advantage of a time-limited incentive that covers 50% of the capital costs of the system, from its natural gas provider, Enbridge Gas.
REALice takes the place of needing to use extremely hot water in ice resurfacing and maintenance by removing the micro air bubbles that are inherent in water, the same way hot water does but without the hot water expense. The Earnscliffe twin pad is expected to save energy in two ways. First, they’ll save in not needing to heat their water up to 70 degrees Celsius anymore and secondly, their ice will freeze faster, allowing them to increase the temperature of the brine under the ice surface by 2-3 degrees C – which will be a tremendous savings in unspent energy and ice plant wear and tear.
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