Harder, Faster & Greener Ice... is this for REAL?

Better ice, better skating, lower energy

A Swedish technology, REALice, developed in Malmö and already widely applied in Europe, enhances ice for ice rinks by using cold instead of hot water, saving energy in the process and creating a slicker, safer and faster ice surface.

The technology removes air bubbles and changes the viscosity of the water used when laying and resurfacing the ice. This means that ice can be resurfaced with ambient temperature water rather than very hot (60–70 oC) water that is normally used today. By using water with less or no air-bubbles, the ice sheet becomes more compact and harder.

Depending on how a facility is run, the energy savings can be up to 20% – 40%. In a regular size ice rink this would be (average savings per ice sheet, based on 600 liters per resurfacing, 12 x daily, 48 weeks/year):

Natural Gas: 600 – 1000 GJ

Electricity: 50 000 kWh or more

Emissions: 30t – 50t of CO2

REALice, if installed in North America’s 7000+ ice rinks, could save as much as 350-700 Gigawatt hours per year and over 200 000 tons of CO2 emissions.

The system is already installed in more than ten countries in Europe. The Hartwall Arena in Helsinki which hosted the Premier NHL Game Europe 2009, 2010, 2011, Hockey World Championship 2012 and the European Figure Skating Championships 2010 is one of the early adopters. Currently there are only a handful of installations in North America.

The idea behind REALice is to achieve:

Lower energy consumption

Lower compressor loads

Harder, faster and safer ice

Less “snow” created

Reduce lime scale deposits

Greener and cleaner ice

REALice technology is partner to the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), and it is only a matter of time until this technology will be widely applied in North America, given the increased quality of the ice and the reduction in cost, energy and emissions.

REALice will make the fast moving game of hockey even faster and more exciting – a double edged bargain.

If you would like to learn more about this Swedish innovation please visit www.real-ice.com.

Claes Fredriksson
Claes Fredriksson is a visionary leader with extensive international experience and a solid track record in management, marketing, business development and sales. Fredriksson has a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden. Fredriksson was born in Sweden and lived many years in Asia and Europe before moving to Canada in 1997. In 2012, the Fredriksson's acquired Swedish Press.