30 Oct Ron Ebbesen Twin Arenas installs energy efficient ice system to reduce GHG emissions
The City of Airdrie announced the installation of a higher-efficiency ice system (REALice) at Ron Ebbesen Twin Arenas.
A release from the City stated this allows the ice to be flooded with cold water instead of hot for increased energy savings and improved ice quality.
“This upgrade represents one of several steps the City is taking to reduce its environmental impacts,” says Mayor Peter Brown. “The grant funding we received from the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre made this project possible and supports Airdrie in environmental leadership and creating improved user experiences in our facilities.”
“Recreation facilities – ice rinks especially – typically use more energy and produce more greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions than other municipal facilities. The REALice system will help the City reduce its GHG emissions by 64 tons per year,” says Joad Clement, Municipal Energy Advisor.” Hot water contains fewer air bubbles, producing stronger and smoother ice. However, this system eliminates the need for hot water by removing air bubbles in cold water.