Media Coverage on REALice

  • A few weeks back we introduced Wayne Bacon, the lead hand for the Multi Rec Centre in Slave Lake, Alberta. Wayne shared how his new ice became the talk of the town. The Buzz continued and we decided to publish a second video with Wayne. In......

  • Wayne’s official title, this time around, is Lead Hand. He’s been doing the ice in Slave Lake, AB for 35 years, — and the past two weeks of those have been with REALice-treated water. He’d retired (held the title of ‘Supervisor”) two years back and was asked to come......

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  • Since 2014, the 3,000-seat Agrodome at the Pacific National Exhibition in Vancouver, BC has been using the REALice water conditioning system to build and maintain its ice. Spring and summer bring a variety of special events to the venue, but when winter comes, the dry......

  • Clarey Martin is the General Manager of the Upper Skeena Recreation Centre in Hazelton, BC. This arena is just two years old. It has no dehumidifier and no hot water tanks — but it has REALice. Clarey is a long-standing ice maker with over 20 years of experience......

  • Greg Mitchell, Arena Coordinator in Kitimat, BC speaks about their two arenas using the REALice floodwater treatment system. With REALice, the days are gone where the operators would let the hot water in the ice resurfacing machine would sit for too long and the ice......

  • My Lloydminster Now reports on REALice: The City says a new ice-making system at the Russ Robertson Arena will cut the bills and reduce the environmental footprint. The Russ Robertson rink now has a REALice floodwater system which the City says has annual savings of $3,600......

  • What’s the “better bang for the buck” – an HVAC retrofit or REALice? The answer might surprise you. The energy lead had a couple of options but found that going to REALice was the hands-down choice. More in the Pincher Creek Echo. Read it here...

  • Here is a great article published today by the Toronto Star written about the REALice floodwater technology. The town council in Pincher Creek, Alberta, passed a motion to sign an offer letter for grant funding for a REALice system to lower greenhouse gas emissions at Pincher Creek MCC......

  • Read the latest press release from the City of Leduc:   AUGUST 24, 2021 – The City of Leduc’s Alexandra Arena has said goodbye to its reliance on hot water to create and resurface the ice rink to reduce cost, and will be running cold......

  • Okotoks, Alberta (July 09, 2021) – Rinks at the Okotoks Pason arenas and Recreation Centre recently got an upgrade in the form of new cold water flooding systems. The town’s climate change and energy specialist Sheri Young says it’s actually a pretty cool process. “This......

  • Lacombe, Alberta (June 17, 2021) – The City of Lacombe has purchased and installed a cold floodwater treatment system for their arena ice maintenance at the Gary Moe Auto Group Sportsplex to reduce the facility operating costs and its environmental footprint. The City’s operations team......

  • This is the most comprehensive article written about our floodwater technology to date, published by St. Albert Today. The City of St. Albert recently installed REALice and journalist Kevin Ma spoke to a number of people about the installation, the energy savings, the reduced CO2......

  • Village of Donnelly were successful applicants of the Recreation Energy Conservation Funding Program through Municipal Climate Change Action Centre (MCCAC). The grant funding (totalling $25,227) allowed the Guy-Donnelly Sportex to install a de-aerator designed by REALIce on the facility’s ice making system to help reduce......

  • How much brighter will your indoor ice arena be with LEDs? That’s hard to visualize. But at the Mayfield Recreation Complex in Caledon, ON they tracked their changes when they did their LED retrofit which took them from 66-T5 fluorescents to LEDs. As you can see in......

  • The Journal of Commerce reports on the REALice installation at the Family Leisure Centre (FLC) in Medicine Hat, Alberta. Residents of Medicine Hat are skating smoother and faster thanks to the installation of a new water treatment system at the city’s Family Leisure Centre (FLC).......

  • Congratulations to the District of Summerland for its efforts to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in municipal operations. Specific actions taken by the District include completing detailed energy audits on all 12 major municipal buildings (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers -Level......

  • As part of an ongoing effort to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the Town of Banff has installed a REALice water treatment system for ice resurfacing in the Fenlands Banff Recreation Centre. The project, partly funded by the Recreation Energy Conservation program......

  • Earlier this year, the City of Powell River, BC was nominated and won a 2020 Climate Action Energy Award from Community Energy Association. One of the actions that contributed to the award was putting the REALice floodwater system into their arena, letting them use cold......

  • The City of Leduc released a press release yesterday highlighting their switch to REALice and away from using extremely hot water for resurfacing for the Leduc Recreation Centre (LRC). The City of Leduc will be running cold this upcoming season saying good-bye to its reliance......

  • December 19th, 2019 – For five years, we’ve been working with FortisBC to reduce their arena customers’ energy spend. That began with the successful large-scale pilot project that put REALice into 10 BC arenas – and marked the start of the adoption of REALice in Canada.......

  • December 3rd, 2019 – Saanich News reports on the District of Saanich’s purchase of a second REALice system for Pearkes Arena’s Green rink. The District was able to benefit from the FortisBC rebate which offered a refund of $20,000 for the system. The rebate applies to indoor rinks......

  • Pechanga Arena San Diego has been using REALice to make its ice since March, 2018. The 14,000-seat AEG-owned facility is home to the San Diego Gulls of the American Hockey League and off-ice events like Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live and concerts like country singer Luke Combs.  Here at REALice, we’re proud of the installation. And so......

  • August 7th, Powell River, BC – The Powell River Peak reported on technology upgrades to save energy and cost at the Powell River Recreation Complex. The REALice system is one these energy upgrades. Neil Pukesh, City Manager of Recreation states in the article that staff members have been......

  • Did you know REALice is creating a buzz and making an impact in Atlantic Canada? In a CBC radio segment from Dec 2018, Ben Givlin, the regional recreational director for Baie Verte, Pacquet, and Middle Arm, speaks about how they’re lowering the costs of the......

  • April 23, 2018 – The Peterborough Examiner reports the Township of Selwyn, Ontario has been given the Energy Award from Sustainable Peterborough because of their REALice cold water treatment installation at the Ennismore Arena. Sustainable Peterborough described the REALice project as follows: “In 2017, Selwyn......

  • CBC News highlights the City of Kamloops, BC who has already converted two of their arenas to cold water flooding using the REALice system and saving thousands of taxpayers dollars annually thus far. After finding success at the smaller community arenas, the City is ready......

  • We are thrilled that FortisBC features REALice in one of their energy conservation commercials. The 30-second clip, featuring Jim Kobialko, the Conservation & Energy Management Program Manager for Fortis BC, has been posted on the web and is also being shown on TV. Reducing Costs......

  • We get a great deal of amazing customer feedback, but this YouTube video from the City of Nanaimo was quite the nice surprise. And just take a look at their ice!!!...

  • “The end result is a thinner, yet harder surface, which leads to faster play on a clearer sheet of ice.” – Fort Saskatchewan Record Last week, Zach Mueller of the Fort Saskatchewan Record published a story about the REALice installation in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta. The article......

  • Armstrong ice system saves money Armstrong Spallumcheen Parks and Recreation has invested in a brand new REALice system. Just in time for the upcoming season, the Nor-Val Sports Centre has built its ice from scratch with unheated water. This switch will not only save the......

  • The city’s Multiplex has undergone a technological upgrade to save energy,   by Beth McKay, February 1, 2016. In the summer of 2015, the City of Yellowknife installed a vortex degasser at its Multiplex facility to reduce energy consumption. The multi-purpose recreation facility houses an Olympic-size......

  • Cleaning up Canada’s game: how one technology could change the way we take to the ice Even the local hockey rink can’t escape the climate-change economy VANCOUVER—For ice rink workers, filling up a Zamboni with anything but piping hot water is basically an act of......

  • Explore Canadian Ice Rink Sustainability Efforts   On April 1, 2016, Just Energy highlighted REALice in its article, “Explore Canadian Ice Rink Sustainability Efforts.” The article discusses REALice technology and explains how it has become an innovative and green solution to maintaining manmade ice in......

  • Real Ice Canada was featured by @MacleansMag in a February piece by senior correspondent, Jonathon Gatehouse. “How Hockey Can Change its Energy-Hogging, Carbon Spewing Ways.”  Click here to read the full article:  http://www.macleans.ca/society/technology/how-hockey-can-change-its-energy-hogging-carbon-spewing-ways/      ...

  • Interview with Rachel Villari & Brock Harrison in the Edmonton live radio morning show 630CHED. Rachel talks about her article in the Hockey News Magazine from September 14th, 2015: “Skating on thin ice” Listen to Rachel talking about REALice®: Access the full story....

  •   Climate Smart in Vancouver has produced a short video, featuring 8 of their members and highlighting their initiatives to cut carbon. The PNE is being featured as the first example. The PNE had cut 340 GJ of Natural Gas and estimates electricity savings in......

  • The new REALice technology is being called a success in Castlegar. The system, which was put in late last year, is creating thousands of dollars in energy savings. Pictured above is (from left to right) Hakan Gronlund of H2O Vortex/Watreco, Jim Crockett of the CDRD,......

  • Tilbury Ice is one of 10 rinks in the province taking part in a 10-week pilot program to test technology used for ice resurfacing. FortisBC, which invested $300,000 to fund the pilot program, projects the 10 rinks will realize natural gas savings equivalent to heating......

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