14 Dec Superior Ice!
“We hadn’t had “bad ice” in the past flooding with hot water,” says Superior Ice Rink’s Ryan Hobby. “But REALice it’s just that much better.”
Hear what he has to say and why this arena manager says “REALice is the ‘REAL DEAL'” here.
Superior Ice Rink in King’s Park, NY is a year-round single pad that’s been operational since 1972. It’s a family-run rink, now on it’s third generation of management. Ryan Hobby, the rink’s arena manager, started skating there when he was five. The rink is SO busy, no one can remember the last time the ice was taken completely out.
“During COVID we came close — we took the ice down, but not all the way,” Hobby says.
The Long Island rink is on a sand base and they keep their ice around 1.5″ thick. When they first started using REALice at the end of October, they immediately noticed brighter lines and fewer blowouts, and the user groups have noticed too. As to their floodwater, it’s down to 80°F compared to the 150°F they used to use. And their Honeywell controls are now set to 22°F – up 2°F warmer from what they ran their ice at before.
“We haven’t gotten really cold yet, so we may still go up,” Hobby explains.
Energy Savings + Incentives
In addition to expected annual energy savings of over $14,000, Superior Ice Rink benefitted from utility incentives from both NationalGrid and PSEG-Long Island for the lower natural gas and electrical consumption the REALice System brings. The combined incentives for avoided electricity and natural gas consumption covered about a third of the cost of the system, giving them an expected simple payback of two maintenance-free years.
REALice uses water pressure only to treat the floodwater, requiring no further energy spend or consumables to operate the system. The system itself is 3D-printed, with an expected life of 15+ years.
Would you like to know more? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’d be happy to explain how you can be making ice all year long that sets up quickly, scars a lot less, and produces great ice that costs a whole lot less.