Can An Ice Bear Store the Sun?

In an effort to see if energy storage and solar energy can work hand in hand, Ice Energy and SunPower have announced a pilot project to be funded by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).

Under the project, the Ice Bear storage solution will be installed on a building that uses air conditioning.  The Ice Bear stores energy in the form of ice, which it uses to cool air for air conditioning during the day, when electricity prices are at their peak.  By deploying the ice energy during these times, the Ice Bear is said to reduce a building’s electricity load.

The project, part of the California Solar Initiative’s Research, Development, Deployment and Demonstration Program, is looking to demonstrate the economic and operational benefits of integrating energy storage systems with PV systems for peak demand reduction directly on commercial buildings.

Ice Energy is one of three energy storage companies selected to participate in the program, which will be implemented by SunPower in conjunction with PG&E, KEMA, Sandia National Laboratories and a major national retailer.  In addition to Ice Energy, SunPower has partnered with storage companies Xtreme Power and ZBB Energy.

SunPower received a CPUC grant of $1.8 million to develop its PV energy storage program.

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