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Ice Energy, NRG Energy to install energy storage systems in California, US

EBR Staff Writer Published 13 April 2017

Ice Energy, an energy storage provider for the grid, has collaborated with NRG Energy to install its Ice Bear 30 systems in California, US.

As part of procurement by Southern California Edison (SCE), the partnership will install Ice Bear 30 systems on qualifying commercial and industrial buildings in Orange County.

The firms will install up to 1,800 Ice Energy behind-the-meter ice batteries in the region.

Under 20-year power purchase agreements (PPA), the Ice Bears will supply about 25.6 MW of peak storage capacity to SCE.

According to the company, the installations are part of SCE's 250 MW energy storage procurement.

Ice Bears will use the energy stored in ice to cool buildings during peak hours without using power-intensive conventional AC compressors, freezing water when demand for power is low.

Air conditioning units installed with Ice Bears will take 95% less electricity during peak hours, helping to decrease air conditioning bills by up to 40%.

The firm’s Ice Bear units will offer behind-the-meter ice battery storage for HVAC systems in commercial, industrial and residential application. They can also be used in commercial refrigeration applications.

Ice Energy CEO Mike Hopkins said: "Our distributed ice batteries will solve local grid issues in Orange County while reducing CO2 emissions by up to 200,000 tons over the life of the project.

"Orange County commercial and industrial customers that qualify for the program will get free use of Ice Bears, lowering electric bills and further extending the life of their HVAC systems." 

Image: Ice Energy and NRG Energy to install Ice Bear 30 systems in California. Photo: courtesy of Marketwired / Ice Energy.