Developing our ICEGRID system
- For decades artificial ice rinks were built with steel piping filled with ammonia under a concrete slab.
- In 1980 we invented the indirect ice rink made of EPDM with a brine mixture. It was one of the first ground breaking innovations in this field in decades and is used today in fixed ice rinks and in about 80 % of mobile ice rinks worldwide.
- In 1995 we successfully invented the ICEGRID rink piping system for artificial ice surfaces which combines the advantages of fixed rink piping and the advantages of the indirect system.
- In 1997 we built the first ice rink with the ICEGRID MULTICOURT surface at the new National Sports Center in Huttwil in Switzerland.
- With the ICEGRID MULTICOURT rink piping system for artificial ice rinks the customer can choose between artificial turf and a hard court surface for summer use. No conversion is necessary between the utilization periods!
Schema des ICEGRID Systems
This cross-section shows the ICEGRID elements with the brine pipes. They lie well protected in the groove. Even when a truck drives over them there is no pressure on the pipes. On top of it you can see artificial turf. You can also choose different surfaces such as a polymer bonded quartz sand surface.
The vaporizer temperatures shown represent a cooling load of 300 W/ ². If less power is needed, the temperature will rise proportionally.
Conventional rink piping systems
The vaporizer temperatures shown represent a cooling load of 300 W/ ². If less power is needed, the temperature will rise proportionally in all systems.
The vaporizer temperature is a decisive factor for the efficiency of the facility. Every degree the vaporizer temperature is lower will increase the necessary cooling load (investment costs)
and the energy consumption (electricity costs) by 4 %.