30 Mar Big Facility, Big Savings with REALice
Servus Credit Union Place in St. Albert, AB is a true multipurpose community facility with a large variety of leisure and fitness spaces. It In January, the last of three indoor ice rinks within the 320,000 sq. ft facility was converted to the REALice floodwater treatment system. By using water pressure only, REALice replaces the need for extremely hot water floods, saving on water heating as well as refrigeration costs. It’s 3D-printed, requires no maintenance and has an expected life of 25 years.
In 2021, the operation team started using one REALice system at the facility’s twin arenas (Mark Messier and Troy Murray). In 2022, the City, just outside of Edmonton, moved ahead with plans to equip the 2,023 seat Go Auto Arena with REALice because of the good ice quality observed in addition to the energy savings from the other two rinks. That system went into operation in January, 2023.
The REALice will save the entire facility 2% of its annual natural gas and electricity costs, which is tremendous considering the size of the facility. St. Albert benefitted from partial funding through the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre, a provincial body that fast-tracked REALice for municipalities due to the reduced CO2 emissions the device brings.
Read the entire press release from the City of St. Albert here.