Ice skating rinks are an important part of North American culture. Hockey, speed skating, and figure skating among other ice activities depend upon the cooling equipment beneath the ice. The integrity and safety of each sport and the participants also depend upon this equipment. Ice rink refrigeration is a complex system meant to precisely keep temperatures appropriate to the needs of the facility. Temperatures vary slightly for different sports, within two to four degrees depending upon the sport. This requires cooling agents to be manageable with precision. Chemical agents traditionally chosen to accomplish these tasks have high toxicity levels and volatile characteristics. Since coolants are only a part of the ice rink cooling process, there are several factors within the ice cooling equipment which can affect these chemicals. Traditional coolants such as ammonia have been proven in research studies to have negative impacts upon the environment, the ice rink equipment, and energy consumption. CO2 ice rink refrigeration has become the preferred innovative method for cooling ice rinks across North America.
CO2 ice rink refrigeration is similar to standard ice rink equipment. There are several layers acting together underneath the ice surface to bring the ice to the appropriate and correct temperature. Typically, these layers include chilled concrete, insulation, heated concrete, and pipes for conducting brine water. The liquefied form of this substance is pumped through the system, absorbing heat and distributing freezing agents toward the ice surface. As many as 9000 gallons of brine are required for a standard professional hockey rink. As many as 5 miles of twisted and wound steel piping can exist underneath a single ice rink. This implies that a significant impact is made upon the environment when toxic waste from these materials is released. Ice rinks must be maintained at all times, whether they are being used in sport or the facility is empty. Restoring ice to a frozen state requires substantially more energy than maintaining.
CO2 ice rink refrigeration systems provide available heat recovery for water heating wether it is for the shower of the resurfacing device.It also requires far less maintenance than traditional systems since you don’t need as many inspections as you do with traditional cooling systems. CO2 ice rink cooling systems can use as little as half the energy used with traditional coolants. One of the other benefits of using the innovative CO2 ice rink refrigeration system is maintenance savings. CO2 ice rink cooling systems are less prone to damage than other systems.
The efficiency of CO2 ice rink refrigeration was once thought to be useful when CO2 was used only as a secondary coolant. The innovative engineers at Carnot Refrigeration have designed CO2 ice rink refrigeration systems that cannot be matched by any other coolant. These CO2 ice rinks are more efficient, and require less maintenance than any other competitive system. CO2 refrigeration won’t be phased out by environmental governing agency. Such phase out happens regularly with other synthetic coolants such as R22. CO2 ice rink refrigeration is the future of ice rink cooling. CO2 ice rink refrigeration units offer even more than these financial benefits. Environmental protection and safety arekey with by these systems more than any other in the industry. The industry leading experts at Carnot Refrigeration care deeply about the environment, and this drives their engineers to develop the best refrigeration systems for the environment.
Consumer awareness has risen in recent years along with growing concerns voiced by conservationists and ecologists regarding commercial refrigeration. Ice rink arenas have been specifically targeted with criticism, because they use a tremendous amount of energy and process an extremely large amount of chemical coolants which are harmful to the environment, often for sporting events rather than food storage. CO2 ice rink refrigeration addresses these concerns and offers solutions to the hazardous impacts of traditional ice rink refrigeration. CO2 ice rink refrigeration units reduce the toxic waste exposure to fractional percentages compared with traditional coolants. CO2 is a natural coolant, and responds to the process more effectively than other chemicals.
Coolant is a necessity in any commercial or industrial refrigeration operation. CO2 ice rink refrigeration is structured to process a large quantity of coolant, even with the efficiency of the chemical. This requires the entire system to be working in prime condition. The experts at Carnot Refrigeration are able to maintain all aspects of ice rink cooling equipment, including that which has been damaged by traditional coolant. Modification of existing equipment to accommodate CO2 refrigerant in place of traditional agents is also made available by the experts at Carnot Refrigeration. Customized refrigeration systems can transition an energy draining ice rink into an energy efficient one. Customization of this equipment, when conducted by the innovative professionals at Carnot Refrigeration, is guaranteed to save the ice rink facility a substantial amount of overhead in energy costs. Maintenance procedures will also see a significant reduction, saving the company even more money. CO2 ice rink refrigeration holds great promise as the future of cooling systems for all ice rink installations.
Due to the efficiency of CO2 ice rink refrigeration equipment, ice rinks can promote their commitment to environmentally friendly practices. The effects of CO2 are far less compromising than other traditionally used chemical coolants, and these are recognized as energy efficient efforts by consumers and protection agencies. CO2 ice rink refrigeration offers a green solution to these concerns and brings energy efficient models to other areas of industrial refrigeration.