Thermal Energy Storage Feasibility Study

Thermal Energy Storage Feasibility Study

Location: Sacramento, Calif.

Client: Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) is focusing on opportunities to manage system load, peaks and congestion. Burns & McDonnell conducted a study reviewing feasibility, advantages and challenges associated with incentivizing and leveraging thermal energy storage (TES) installations within SMUD to provide electrical capacity support, firming energy and ancillary services for electric grid management. The study applied TES to large-scale cooling and refrigeration equipment — a significant portion of electrical demand in large facilities. Aggregating and controlling cooling and refrigeration with TES systems provides benefits over deploying additional electrical generation.