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Ice arenas
Question submitted on 3/7/05

Is there a way to make an ice arena more energy efficient?

Answer:

I searched the Web using Google and found some case studies that might be helpful to you.

BGSU develops sunny idea to make skating ice for arena
http://www.greenenergyohio.org/page.cfm?pageId=56
Solar powered ice arena at Bowling Green State University.

Fire & Ice: Solar Panels Energize Arena
http://www.greenenergyohio.org/page.cfm?pageId=57
Another article about the BGSU arena

Cost Effective Energy Efficient Improvements for Minnesota's Public Ice Arenas: Overview of 20 Options
http://www.mncee.org/pdf/tech_pubs/ice_fact.pdf
Pub date is 1998. The contact at the Minnesota Center for Energy and Environment is Russ Landry (rlandry@mncee.org or phone: 612-335-5863 according to their web site).

Selkirk Hockey Arena
http://www.g-forse.com/archive/news347_e.html

Eleven Municipalities Receive $10.4 Million to Help Improve Energy Efficiency
http://www.climatechangecentral.com/files/resources/mefirst_newsrelease_spring2005.pdf
The Village of Hines Creek is using the money to install an integrated control system in their ice arena

Cutting Energy Waste in Large Refrigeration Systems
http://www.irc.wisc.edu/file.php?id=33
Includes a bibliography of related publications

Energy Saving Measures at Ice Rink
http://oee.nrcan.gc.ca/Publications/infosource/Pub/ici/caddet/english/pdf/R339.pdf

Packer Arena, Austin, MN
http://www.bonestroo.com/rec_packerarena.asp

Fixed and Floating Head Pressure Comparison for Madison Ice Arena
http://www.ecw.org/prod/174-2.pdf
This paper reports on a study that investigated the energy and cost savings resulting from changing the control strategy for the condenser fan. The study was conducted on the refrigeration system at the Madison Ice Arena.

Allowing for the Unexpected
http://www.ecw.org/prod/e2/spri99.pdf
Commentary tells how unexpected results from an ECW-sponsored research project led to dramatic savings at a local ice arena.

Investigation of the Field Performance for Industrial Refrigeration Systems
http://www.ecw.org/productdetail.php?productid=50
This UW-Madison graduate student thesis explores ways to improve efficiency of industrial refrigeration, such as through controls, system configurations, and monitoring equipment. You may order a copy of this thesis from the UW-Madison: http://proton.wils.wisc.edu/lend/.

Ice Arena Technology
http://www.nyc.gov/html/nycwasteless/downloads/pdf/nwsltr-stadium1energy.pdf
Click on the Ice Arena Technology link on the table of contents on the left side of the screen (in Acrobat Reader, not the PDF). The article is on p. 2. There is also contact information for an ice arena management expert located in Ann Arbor.

Technical Help (Question about energy efficiency at ice arenas)
http://www.wapa.gov/es/techhelp/powerline/99jun.htm

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