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Posted on: September 23, 2022

New Ice Resurfacer arrives for High Level arena

Zamboni 06The arrival of a new ice resurfacer at the High Level Sports Complex will provide an improved ice quality experience and savings for the community for years to come.

The Town of High Level’s new Zamboni 450, an electric (lithium ion battery powered) ice resurfacer, was delivered Thursday, Sept. 22. Arena staff are now busy learning how to use the new machine. It is expected this new Zamboni will require 30 percent less maintenance and reduce about five tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per year. It will also eliminate carbon monoxide emissions created by traditional Zambonis.

Lithium ion batteries are 100 percent emissions-free, which is great news for Town staff from a health and safety perspective, and supports the Town’s efforts at Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reduction.

“Our Council and staff are committed to sustainable operations and working towards our greenhouse gas reduction targets,” said Mayor Crystal McAteer. “The Sports Complex and ice sheet is a core part of our town during the long months of winter, so this is exciting news for the community. I look forward to seeing the new Zamboni 450 in action.”

The Zamboni 450 features the following key components:

  • A hydraulic system that provides optimum power and smooth operation;
  • A motor that requires minimal maintenance;
  • An electric charging station, with the ability to charge between resurfacing, eliminating the need to charge for extended periods overnight;
  • Sealed lithium ion batteries that do not require maintenance, are emission free and carry a life expectancy of 10 to 12 years;
  • A blade changer system to ensure safety of Town staff and ease the efficiency of blade changes;
  • Zamboni Connect

Zamboni 04The Zamboni 450’s electric power system will provide substantial savings over a traditional gas-operated ice resurfacer. Over ten years, the monthly cost – including capital outlay, which is much higher for an electric ice resurfacer – would be $1,890 for the lithium ion system. This is

much lower than the $8,750 per month for a gas-powered ice resurfacer. This includes costs for fuel and servicing.

“Council took a hard look at purchasing a propane or gas machine, as we had a lot of issues with our previous electric ice resurfacer import with lead acid batteries,” said Ruth Rolfe, Director of Community Services. “The difficulty for an isolated northern town like High Level is service. Dealing with Zamboni – a North American brand – and having Industrial Machine in Edmonton provide service goes a long way in assisting us with those issues.”

Another important component in maintenance and operation is the inclusion of “Zamboni Connect”, an intelligent resurfacing system that monitors consumption and optimizes performance with predictive insight and resource management. It allows for an impressive amount of connectivity and access to data to improve operating efficiencies.

“Zamboni Connect, along with the Plug and Play, no-maintenance lithium-ion batteries will assist us greatly with day-to-day operations, maintenance, and trouble shooting,” said Marvin Marinas, Sports Complex Manager. “Predictive maintenance will prevent downtime with the ability to monitor electric consumption, battery charge, battery temperature, charge duration, ice-making water consumption and ground speed data. Everything will be monitored and the system will even suggest remedies for issues. It’s like having a mechanic in your back pocket!”

The cost of the Zamboni 450 is approximately $170,000. The Town secured a $50,000 grant through the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre, and with a trade in, the final cost will be closer to $110,000.

For more information on the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre, please visit mccac.ca.

For more information on the Zamboni 450, please visit zamboni.com/machines/model-450.

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