Ice Rink Success Stories

Unique 3 km long ice track through the Dutch polder

In winter time, ice skating outdoor is part of the Dutch culture. While nature no longer produces ice thick enough to skate on the canals and rivers of the Northern Netherlands, a global supplier of temporary skating facilities offers the longest outdoor rink in the country. The site provides an outdoor experience close to skating on natural ice with a three kilometer long ice track through the Dutch polder landscape and a drift karting bush track.

Guaranteeing real ice on such a large rink extent is a costly enterprise and the goal was to find energy saving solutions to maximize operating efficiency.

The Solution

  • 16 Trane rental chillers
  • Remote monitoring control system
  • Trane provided 16 rental chillers to run the installation and built a control system to record the units’ data ensuring specific data logging and optimal operation of the chillers. Remco Ribbers, Rental Sales Engineer in the Netherlands said “Trane ability to manage advanced controls over the equipment was a major differentiator supported by our qualified technicians to ensure uninterrupted ice skating experience to customers during the season.”


Two Curling Rinks Slide to Success Converting to Rental Solutions

Two curling rinks in Scotland needed to upgrade their HVAC facilities to offer improved ice rink experience and maximum operating efficiency. Traditionally, curling rinks have used permanent chillers but in recent years rental equipment has been found to be more economical. Both curling rinks had already made the move to a rental solution but were happy to be offered a more cost-effective solution to cover the curling season running from August to the end of March.

The solution

  • RTAD 115 rental chiller

“In both customers’ cases, Trane’s reputation for reliability and superior service was already a major factor in our being top of mind for the curling rink owners and operators,” said Linda McVittie, Regional Service Account Manager for Trane in the U.K. Trane provided a reliable, total solution. The chiller was delivered in plenty of time for the next curling season to start with a perfectly maintained ice bed.


Trane UK keeps the leading ice hockey team on ice this season

Trane UK was approached by the Leisure Centre that is managed by the local council with the assistance of the contractor for the service and maintenance.

After developing a major leak in the rink’s HVAC system, the ice rink was under real danger of closing for remedial work. However, that wasn’t an option as the ice hockey team, leaders of the NIHL North 2 division, as well as other sportsmen needed to carry on with their training in order to perform and grow as athletes.

At the time, the current Leisure Centre contractor on the site had already provided a price for a rental unit to be installed through another contractor, which the local council had queried and decided to reach out to a further number of companies to provide a solution and prices as a comparison.

The Solution

  • RTAD 150 rental chiller

The Trane rental services team was prepared promptly by local Trane UK sales engineer, who was sent to site to survey the work a day later. The team was delivered fast and Trane’s cost effective cooling solution was accepted by the Leisure Centre shortly after, whereby the 4 week contract was awarded to Trane UK to supply a RTAD150 chiller hire unit which would more than cope with the duty needed to keep the ice rink’s ice frozen. The unit installation took place straight after the quotation was accepted, giving the Leisure Centre enough time to carry out the essential repair in order to rectify the leak on their permanent cooling system.


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