We have been running the Real Ice System in Our Lac du Bonnet Arena in Manitoba Canada for 2 years now. We get compliments on our ice almost on a daily basis. From hockey coaches, players and figure skaters: they all just love our ice!
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.
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.
Incorporating REALice into our ice making equipment allows us to maintain ice quality despite our unique conditions. REALice has allowed us to reduce costs and energy consumption, while enabling us to improve our ice clarity.
Our unique environment necessitated a unique approach, and REALice provided a change in philosophy. REALice has allowed us to reduce our water temperature, decreasing our flood-to-freeze time without sacrificing our ice quality.
REALice's Håkan Gronlünd has always been so helpful to my team and I regarding implementation, follow-up information, and results.
Since our initial REALice installation we have added another REALice device to our other facility. We were unable to install REALice for our other facility's initial ice-in at the start of the 2019-20 season, but it will be part of ALL of our ice making - at both facilities - from now on.
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!
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 using REALice for 5 years. The quality of the ice has been tremendous. The ice set point was raised from 19 degrees to 22/23 degrees. Our compressors dropped from running a total of 22-24 hours down to 11-13 hours a day. The best part was that our ice greatly improved. We estimate that we are saving about $12,000 to $15,000 per year on our ice package.
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.