An estimated three quarters of currently operating National Hockey League (NHL) ice arenas were built in the mid-1990s. In addition to these larger arenas, there are thousands more private, community, and locally owned rinks across North America. Many of these rinks are much older and are nearing, if not well past, the expected usable lifetime of the refrigeration systems that enable ice making.
Site of the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” uses Genetron Performax LT
June 2, 2017
Honeywell announced that the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA), which manages the world-renowned Herb Brooks Ice Arena in Lake Placid, New York, is adopting its Genetron Performax® LT (R-407F) to maintain perfect ice rink temperatures. Honeywell’s refrigerant will replace the currently used R-22 refrigerant as a more cost-effective alternative that provides better performance and long-term savings without requiring significant equipment retrofits.
New ice rinks generally use ammonia as a refrigerant, but R-22 was the choice for many years, and the ice making systems in older rinks can contain several thousand pounds of R-22. In the approaching cold, hard reality of a post-R-22 world, how will rinks keep their ice cold and hard?
RS-45 said to be a true drop-in replacement for R-22
September 7, 2016
ComStar International Inc. has announced a new refrigerant for ice rink managers to comply with the phaseout of R-22 refrigerant. The company said its replacement refrigerant is for use in flooded liquid overfeed ice rink systems and does not require changing components or oil.
Sullivan Arena is second rink in the nation to use a CO2-based refrigeration system to generate its ice
January 18, 2016
The Alaska Aces, a professional hockey team in Anchorage, Alaska, and winner of three league-championship Kelly Cups, is skating on “greener” ice this season. It’s not the color of the ice that’s changed, but the effect it has on the environment and its money savings.
An HCFC-22 refrigerant leak in its flooded tube-style chiller system threatened the Arcadia Ice Arena with a potential door-closing financial crisis, had it not been for the ingenuity of its maintenance engineer and today's commercial refrigeration leak sealants.
Making ammonia work in traditional HFC territory, trying transcritical CO2 systems in ice rinks, and examining ways to apply refrigeration principles to heat transfer rates were just three topics of 13 papers (five in Spanish) presented at the most recent Industrial Refrigeration Conference and Expo.