Ice Energy of Glendale, Calif., has introduced a smaller version of its commercial Ice Bear thermal energy storage system. The new Ice Bear 20 has a 265-gallon tank and a thermal storage capacity of 240,000 BTUs. During off-peak hours, the Ice Bear stores cooling energy by freezing water in an insulated tank. During peak hours, the company says, the stored ice delivers up to four hours of cooling, reducing the typical peak load by 95 percent.
"The Ice Bear 20 is a uniquely cost-effective, reliable and green energy storage system that transforms residential AC load into a clean, flexible and responsive grid resource for utilities while providing cooling comfort for homeowners," said Mike Hopkins, CEO of Ice Energy. "It incorporates the same technology as our proven Ice Bear 30, with the added benefit of an integrated cooling and storage system. With Ice Bear 20s and Ice Bear 30s in place, almost any part of the grid with peak demand or solar over-generation issues can be reliably and cost-effectively addressed by utilities, all while reducing CO2 emissions."
The Ice Bear 20 will be on display Feb. 9-11 at DistribuTECH 2016 in Orlando, Fla.