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Recreational Ice Rink Chiller Systems

Whether you are building a rink or upgrading your mechanical room, you expect reliability, durability, and cost-saving operations. Berg sales engineers stay up-to-date with the leading technology, best practices, and the need for customer safety. With Berg solutions, your ice will always be ready for your community when they want it.

Recreational Ice Rink Chiller Systems

For over 50 years, Berg has provided industrial process temperature control solutions with chilling, pumping, and freezing equipment to achieve superior curling and skating ice surfaces for the global ice rink equipment market. Berg’s experienced engineers custom design and fabricate chilling, pumping, and heat recovery equipment in collaboration with our customers to meet their economic and functional challenges. This cooperative approach produces engineered innovations that consistently result in improved operational competitiveness for our customers.

Custom-made Recreational Ice Systems

  • Designed for your rink's specific needs in collaboration with your in-house experts
  • Ammonia and synthetic refrigerants
  • Optimized for your facility
  • Energy-saving efficiency
  • Built-up or skid-mounted systems
  • Turnkey start-up and operations
  • 24/7 expert service
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A Custom Solution to Meet All Your Ice Making Needs

Whether you are in need of a synthetic ice cooling system for hockey ice rinks, curling rinks or outdoor skating rinks, tap Berg to design and manufacture an ice rink chilling system that will be a trusted backbone of your operation for years to come. We will help you select the optimal refrigerant type for to meet your application’s economic and functional needs, whether it is freon, ammonia or carbon dioxide. Plus, our custom, skid mounted or built up design enables the flexibility to allow you to maintain a compact footprint and integrate the chilling system into your existing facility. Berg recreational ice chiller systems come equipped with high system efficiency features and high efficiency motors, have 100% heat recovery capability, include low refrigerant charge, brine or glycol pumping stations, an integrated ice rink and central rink controllers, built up system redundancy, and are factory performance and functional tested prior to shipment to ensure reduced on-site assembly and minimal disruption to your operation. You can also order your ice rink equipment with refrigerant leak detection, and floating head pressure. Berg can also supply desuperheater heat exchangers, snow melt coils, fast ice removal heat exchangers and dehumidification systems.

Freon Ice Rink Packages Ammonia Ice Rink Packages Electrical
Compact screw compressors Open drive screw compressor Prewired packages
High efficiency brazed plate evaporator High efficiency plate and frame evaporator 460 / 575 / 230 / 380 Volts 60 / 50 Hz
Heavy duty air cooled condenser Insulated surge drum with safety controls 120 Volt single phase control Voltage
ASME high pressure receivers Centrifugal glycol pump with standby Microprocessor controller
Suction accumulator with boil out coil Glycol filter bypass and strainer Safety and freeze-up controls
Centrifugal glycol pump with standby Water cooled or evaporative condenser VFD pumps and motors available
Free heater water tank Floating head pressure Operating and fail lights
Low ambient control Evaporative condenser VFD fans Heat traced outdoor units
Modulating hot gas bypass Shell and tube oil cooler UL or CSA approved components
Free heater water tank Oil pot with automatic oil return system
Steel structural base frame Free heater water tank or desuperheater
Berg ice rink chiller controller Heat reclaim capability
Outdoor & portable designs Pumps for oil cooler, underfloor and snow melt pit
Water cooled packages available Berg ice rink chiller controller will all safety cut-outs
Integrated leak detection system
Optional fast ice removal system
  • Reliable, efficient microprocessor based system
  • Single or dual ice rink operation
  • LCD graphic display with colour touch screen
  • Facility planner provides a monthly calendar
  • Temperature and pressure trending
  • Heat recovery control
  • Optional leak detection integration
  • Chillers, includes all required safety alarms and controls
  • Remote access capability

Large capacity water filtration equipment produces deionized water, which is essential for making clear ice. Underneath the floor at the arena, you’ll find a refrigeration system similar the ones Berg Produces on this page. This system consists of three main pieces:

  • Water or air cooled ice rink chiller
  • Steel pipes with thousands of welds
  • Brine water (an antifreeze agent)

Typically, 8 km (5 miles) of steel pipe wind under the rink in the arena (A), removing heat from the concrete slab (C). Refrigeration chiller equipment cools brine water to -9°C (16°F) and provides cooling. The brine water’s chemical properties keep it from freezing. To freeze the rink surface, the system pumps chilled brine water through the pipes and then onto the ice-bearing concrete slab. The brine water is pumped into the pipes (B) embedded in the ice-bearing concrete slab (C). The ice-bearing slab sits between the skating surface (D) and a layer of insulation (E), which allows the ice to expand and contract as temperatures and time demand. The brine water helps maintain the ice-bearing slab’s temperature just below 0°C (32°F) so that the water spread onto it can freeze. Beneath the layer of insulation, a heated concrete layer (F) keeps the ground below the ice from freezing and expanding, eliminating the potential for cracking damage to the rink structure. The entire ice rink sits on a base layer of gravel and sand (G) which has a groundwater drain at the bottom. To defrost the skating surface, the brine water is heated and pumped through the ice-bearing concrete slab. This heats the under-layer of the ice, making it easier to break up and remove with front-end loaders.

With their reliable, energy-efficient, and cost-effective design, Berg Ice Rink Chillers are your optimal solution to ensure consistently excellent ice quality.

Generate Profit by Reducing Energy Costs 

The Canlan Ice Sports eastern flagship facility at York University in Toronto was managed by a 20-year old ice rink chiller system whose operating cost was higher than optimal. This facility has six ice rinks and is used year round. Keeping that much ice cooled requires a constant flow of energy. A more energy efficient solution was required in order to keep Canlan Ice Sports’ costs low. 

Custom Engineered

Berg engineers work with you to custom design the ice rink chiller system that will meet your economic and functional needs.

24/7 Technical & Service Support

Berg is available to you 24/7 for technical and service support.

Energy Efficient

All of Berg’s ice rink chillers come equipped with high system efficiency features.

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