Boston College’s Conte Forum

I have many years of experience as an ice rink manager, including supervising rink operations at Boston College’s Conte Forum for the past twenty-five years.  Boston College… is home to a well-renowned college hockey program, one which boasts four National Championship titles over the past thirteen seasons.  This requires an ice rink plant that is simple, reliable, and cost efficient.

The ten individual “ice cube machines” that constitute our plant exemplify these qualities.  The cubes have the standard refrigeration components: hermetically sealed compressors, expansion valves, and heat exchangers.  The ten cubes are able to operate independently; this allows an individual cube to be offline for repairs or routine maintenance, while having no effect on the quality of the ice surface.  A minimal load is needed when the basketball floor is down or for a team practice, while higher, full-house load is necessary only on a game day with a capacity crowd.  Therefore, the multiple units have significantly reduced our maintenance costs in comparison to those associated with an ammonia plant.  Further, having the ability to quickly command cubes on and off, to support the changing loads, provides substantial energy savings.  Overall, I am very pleased with the technology and the quality of the cubes.

Read more about the Boston College Case Study here

 

Norman Reid, Manager at BC for 25 years
Boston College - Boston, MA

Emerald Environmental Technologies ICE3 Cube
2018-04-05T18:27:47+00:00

Norman Reid, Manager at BC for 25 years
Boston College - Boston, MA

I have many years of experience as an ice rink manager, including supervising rink operations at Boston College’s Conte Forum for the past twenty-five years.  Boston College… is home to a well-renowned college hockey program, one which boasts four National Championship titles over the past thirteen seasons.  This requires an ice rink plant that is simple, reliable, and cost efficient. The ten individual “ice cube machines” that constitute our plant exemplify these qualities.  The cubes have the standard refrigeration components: hermetically sealed compressors, expansion valves, and heat exchangers.  The ten cubes are able to operate independently; this allows an individual cube to be offline for repairs or routine maintenance, while having no effect on the quality of the ice surface.  A minimal load is needed when the basketball floor is down or for a team practice, while higher, full-house load is necessary only on a game day with a capacity crowd.  Therefore, the multiple units have significantly reduced our maintenance costs in comparison to those associated with an ammonia plant.  Further, having the ability to quickly command cubes on and off, to support the changing loads, provides substantial energy savings.  Overall, I am very pleased with the technology and the quality of the cubes. Read more about the Boston College Case Study here  

Collins Perley Sports & Fitness Center

For me, power costs are not just about total consumption.  My rate is based on highest use.  I need to keep my peak demand as low as possible to keep my rate down. Of course, I also need to keep my total power consumption down.

Let me make this analogy:  When I was determining the amount of lighting I needed above my rink, I looked at both the maximum and the minimum. As a max, I needed 180 fluorescent tubes.  At the least I needed 30.  I wired the system so I could turn on 30, 60, 90, 120, 150, or all 180 lights. I hate running more lights than I need to.  I applied the same logic to my compressor choice.

I also hate the idea of running a 150 kw industrial compressor when I only need 35 or 70 kw.  More, smaller compressors mean more options for power.  It’s amazing how many times we are running a single Cube. I can run one Cube (25kw) and all the pumps and fans that go with it on about 52.5 kw.  Each additional Cube bumps me about an additional 25kw.  Just like lights – I hate running more compressor power than I need.

-I have redundancy.
-I have a simple system to find parts for and repair.
-I have a company I can trust for quick response, fair pricing, and honest answers.
-I have a system that is safe to be around.

And, not a small thing… if someone wants to talk to me about it… they have the option of doing so right in the compressor room.  These Cubes are quiet!  That may not seem like a big deal but it really is.

David Kimel, Manager since 1997
Collins Perley Sports & Fitness Center - St. Albans, VT

Emerald Environmental Technologies ICE3 Cube
2018-04-05T18:29:13+00:00

David Kimel, Manager since 1997
Collins Perley Sports & Fitness Center - St. Albans, VT

For me, power costs are not just about total consumption.  My rate is based on highest use.  I need to keep my peak demand as low as possible to keep my rate down. Of course, I also need to keep my total power consumption down. Let me make this analogy:  When I was determining the amount of lighting I needed above my rink, I looked at both the maximum and the minimum. As a max, I needed 180 fluorescent tubes.  At the least I needed 30.  I wired the system so I could turn on 30, 60, 90, 120, 150, or all 180 lights. I hate running more lights than I need to.  I applied the same logic to my compressor choice. I also hate the idea of running a 150 kw industrial compressor when I only need 35 or 70 kw.  More, smaller compressors mean more options for power.  It’s amazing how many times we are running a single Cube. I can run one Cube (25kw) and all the pumps and fans that go with it on about 52.5 kw.  Each additional Cube bumps me about an additional 25kw.  Just like lights – I hate running more compressor power than I need. -I have redundancy. -I have a simple system to find parts for and repair. -I have a company I can trust for quick response, fair pricing, and honest answers. -I have a system that is safe to be around. And, not a small thing… if someone wants to talk to me about it… they have the option of doing so right in the compressor room.  These Cubes are quiet!  That may not seem like a big deal but it really is.

The Ice Haus Indoor Arena

The Ice Haus at Jay Peak utilize Ice 3 technologies not only for our ice surface, but also for reclaiming heat to send to our 60,000 square foot indoor waterpark.  This is turn saves money for both the arena and the waterpark.

The ease of the system has allowed us to bring a majority of our repair and maintenance in-house saving time and money.  Ice 3… has been a win win for Jay Peak.

Read more about the Ice Haus Case Study here.

Dennis Himes, Ice Haus General Manager
Jay Peak Resort - Jay, VT

Emerald Environmental Technologies ICE3 Cube
2018-04-05T22:08:17+00:00

Dennis Himes, Ice Haus General Manager
Jay Peak Resort - Jay, VT

The Ice Haus at Jay Peak utilize Ice 3 technologies not only for our ice surface, but also for reclaiming heat to send to our 60,000 square foot indoor waterpark.  This is turn saves money for both the arena and the waterpark. The ease of the system has allowed us to bring a majority of our repair and maintenance in-house saving time and money.  Ice 3… has been a win win for Jay Peak. Read more about the Ice Haus Case Study here.