Author: Tom Smolarek

Under the direction of Susie Miller, General Manager of the Braemar Arena in Edina, MN., the 3-pad indoor ice rink and 4th seasonal pad has become the first facility in Minnesota to install the REALice® system for all its ice surfaces. A REALice system was initially installed...

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,...

FortisBC ran a pilot program with 10 ice arenas across British Columbia to investigate vortex mechanical de-aerator technology during the current ice season. Subject to the terms and conditions of a pilot agreement (the “Monitoring Access and Funding Agreement”), pilot participants have received rebates that cover...

Summary 90% of the pilot participants successfully adapted their operations to the REALice® technology. The achieved ice quality was evaluated from acceptable to excellent. FortisBC quantified the average savings across the participating pilot arenas at  330 GJ in Natural Gas per year Across the pilot arenas, an increase of the slab temperature was required at all sites and an average increase...

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