NRG Energy Inc. and Ice Energy will install up to 1,800 units of Ice Energy’s thermal storage units, Ice Bear, for SoCal Edison in California.
1,800 Ice Bear units will be installed on rooftop air-conditioning systems in Orange County, California in early 2016. The Ice Bear unit works by freezing 450 gallons of water in an insulated tank which is then used for cooling during the day through a modified evaporator coil in the AC unit.
Both energy companies will install 25 MW of energy storage solutions in South California with the goal to reduce peak energy demand. The companies predict that Ice Bear can reduce about 10kW of power use each day, resulting in a reduction of about four tons of CO2 emissions a year.
NRG Energy will cove 100% of capital costs while Ice Energy will be responsible for the manufacturing and installation of the Ice bear units. Installations of Ice Bears will begin July 2016
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