03 Nov It looks like brand new ice, but it’s not.
“It’s unbelievable,” writes Tim Morrison, a facility operator at the Uxbridge Arena & Recreation Centre in Uxbridge, ON. I’d just asked him what he thinks about the ice.
“Would you believe if I said this was after a Junior hockey game?” That’s what Tim texted when he sent me the picture. “And they played the game with the surface temp at 24°F (-4.4°C).”
It looks like brand new ice, but it’s not. It’s three months old but it’s so bright and clear, it looks like it was put in last week. That’s what REALice will do for your arena, delivering ice that’s dense, clear and resilient.
In Uxbridge, they’ve been using REALice-treated floodwater instead of the 120°F floods they used to do, since September. And since September, the operations team has been watching the ice and reacting to what the ice is demanding.
“Our junior team plays on Friday nights and that picture was taken at 12:05 a.m., near the end of our shift,” Tim explains. “They would have played until around 10:00 at night. After the game, I did a dry scrape; the other operator I was working with did a slow flood it up the centre. And this is what it looked like when we were done.”
So I had to ask: is the ice setting up fast enough?
“Oh yeah, it is,” Tim says. “It’s been cold outside for the last week, it’s been below freezing. Inside, by the time you’re done doing the ice, there’s just the last lap left to freeze.”
The REALice system uses pressure instead of temperature to treat the water, resulting in floodwater that freezes faster than traditional hot water floods. Because it freezes faster, the ice temperatures need to be moved warmer to maintain great quality ice for the user groups. So far, the ice at this twin pad is running around 6°F warmer than it did with hot water floods. Which means, in addition to reducing the energy spend and CO2 emissions at this facility, it’s demanding much less from the ice plant, saving even more.
Most of all, it’ll give you ice you may think is unbelievable.