23 Feb Highlights from Our First Decade in Canada!
It’s been 10 years since Canada was first introduced to REALice!
The first REALice system was deployed in 1998 at the Malmö Arena in Sweden and it’s still treating thousands of litres of water each day the arena’s ice is in. We have come a long way across the globe and now have over 100 REALice installations in Canada, with installations that span the country, from Vancouver Island to Newfoundland.
Here are just some of the highlights and milestones from the past decade:
FortisBC has been a strong ally from the beginning. Their Ice Rink Resurfacing Efficiency Pilot assessed the energy savings and the ice quality that REALice delivered at 10 arenas in British Columbia. Today, FortisBC continues to support their ice rink customers and REALice with instant rebates on each REALice purchase.
Fred Kilner, former Facility Supervisor of the Fuller Lake Arena shares his insight on the quality of the ice and the savings after using REALice for more than 5 years. Read Fred’s assessment here.
Since purchasing their first REALice system in 2016, the City of Nanaimo has now equipped all of their indoor ice arenas with REALice, making great ice and reducing operation costs. Watch their video here.
In 2017, Enbridge Gas assessed the REALice technology at the George Bell Arena in Toronto. From the study: “The ice quality is outstanding — the new sheet is harder and clearer than previously. User groups are happy and ice resurfacing staff have given the new system a thumbs up.”
Spartan Arena Director, Steve Wolf shares his success with the REALice system on ice quality and energy savings in this assessment.
Tacoma Public Utilities help town rinks Tacoma think outside the box to save energy. Watch the video.
At the Mayors’ Megawatt Challenge webinar on “Treated cold floodwater: debunking the myths”, operators from a variety of arena types “told it like it is” regarding their REALice experience. From higher ice temperatures to lower run times — and excellent ice. Click here to access the full webinar.