The majority of the rinks were retrofits that replaced synthetic refrigerants – and save up to 50% in energy, the company says.
Cimco Refrigeration, a Toronto, Canada-based industrial refrigeration contractor, has built its 50thCO2 ice rink in North America, the company announced in a news release.
This milestone marks “a major advancement in Cimco’s pledge to provide eco-friendly ice refrigeration options to communities throughout North America,” the company said.
The majority of the 50 rinks were retrofits that replaced synthetic refrigerants and produced “substantial energy savings of up to 50% over previous systems,” the company said.
CO2 refrigeration systems, it added, “provide the optimum balance of performance, efficiency and safety, and are ideal for both new installations and retrofits of existing systems.”
“As synthetic refrigerants are phased out worldwide, we need to look to the future,” said David Fauser, Director of Sales and Marketing at Cimco. “With municipalities developing aggressive climate change targets, we want to offer better options that are sustainable from both an environmental and business perspective.”
“Many of the systems that we replaced had not completed their natural life cycle – the choice of refrigerant proved to be a costly mistake, and we don’t want our customers to have to go through that,” he continued. “We feel good about CO2 as it’s natural, has minimal impact on the environment, provides superior quality ice and is not in danger of being phased out – ever, really.”
“We feel good about CO2 as it’s natural, has minimal impact on the environment, provides superior quality ice and is not in danger of being phased out – ever, really.”
– David Fauser, Cimco Refrigeration