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Thermal Energy Storage:<br>Efficient Operations for Cost Savings

Thermal Energy Storage:
Efficient Operations for Cost Savings

A thermal energy storage (TES) system allows large cooling systems to generate cooling energy (chilled water or ice) for storage during off-peak electrical periods when rates are lower and the system can operate more efficiently. The stored cooling energy can then be used during peak hours, typically throughout the day, when electrical demand is higher, saving money and wear on expensive equipment.

Further, TES can be installed at lower costs than new chillers (and associated towers, pumps, etc.) and can function directly as additional peak capacity. Lower capital costs and lower energy costs make a great combination.

Beyond Cost to Risk Reduction

In addition to cost savings, TES can help reduce the risk of electric grid overload through capacity support and ancillary services in real time. Capacity support offers a way to manage power demands through peak demand reduction and ramping up or ramping down in response to grid load changes.

Ancillary service enables adjustments to the load of online chillers or compressors in real time in response to rapid load changes on the electric grid, similar to spinning reserves.

Integrating Efficiency

TES can also be joined with an on-site combined heat and power (CHP) system and generate savings by leveling out peaks and valleys resulting in an improved overall CHP average heat rate. It's also a good source for emergency cooling because the backup power required for pumping is greatly reduced versus the full cooling system.

Burns & McDonnell has the experience to help you find the right TES solution and save millions in operating expenses.

  • Architectural design and treatment
  • Commissioning
  • Concept design
  • Distribution analysis and design integration
  • Feasibility studies
  • Integration with inlet air cooling and combined heat and power dispatch
  • Operator training
  • Project cost development
  • Site selection
  • Structural foundation design
  • TES sizing and discharge analysis
  • TES tank procurement and construction

 

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