According to a new guide from the International Ice Hockey Federation, improving the energy efficiency of an ice rink is the most important way to make a facility more sustainable.
New data from consultancy firm EKA Finland shows the Pirkkala ice rink operates on less than 1.4MWh of electricity per day, making it one of the most efficient ice rinks in the world.
The guide includes profiles of CO2 ice rink installations by the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets and Beijing Olympics.
The desire for a future-proof system led Nationwide Arena to select an indirect CO2 system from CIMCO.
The system in Pirkkala also includes a two-stage heat recovery system and is billed as ‘one of the most sustainable and cost-efficient’ ice rinks in the world.
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‘Choosing a Future-Proof Refrigerant for Your Ice Arena’ is designed to help owners make the optimal refrigeration investment.
The project included laying CO2 pipes directly beneath the rink flooring for stable temperatures across the ice.
Humidity control is essential to reducing energy usage, says report by EKA.
The new energy-efficient CO2 system, an Eco Chill solution from Canadian contractor Cimco, replaces a R22 system from 1994.
Caen-la-Mer has chosen a transcritical PowerCO2OL rack from Carrier for a refurbishment of its Olympic-sized ice skating rink.