Ice Energy Presents Ice Bear 20 System


A leading provider of thermal energy storage solutions, Ice Energy, has launched the Ice Bear 20. This new product is a smaller capacity version of its flagship Ice Bear system for residential cooling. This latest system integrates Ice Energy’s patented thermal storage and smart grid technology with combined cooling that enables utilities to manage residential cooling load and decrease peak demand by as much as 95 percent for up to four hours. The Ice Bear 20 also allows increased load during periods of solar over-generation and providing homeowners the cooling that they prefer at the same time.

According to the company, the Ice Bear 20 is suited for small commercial and residential applications where it can be integrated with the HVAC system of existing or new homes.

Mike Hopkins, the CEO of Ice Energy said, “The Ice Bear 20 is a uniquely cost-effective, reliable, and green energy storage system that transforms residential air conditioners into a clean, flexible, and responsive grid resource for utilities while providing cooling comfort for homeowners. It incorporates the same technology as our proven Ice Bear 30, with the added benefit of an integrated cooling and storage system. With Ice Bear 20s and Ice Bear 30s in place, almost any part of the grid with peak demand or solar over-generation issues can be reliably and cost-effectively addressed by utilities, all while reducing CO2 emissions.

The Ice Bear 30, Ice Energy’s flagship product, is a thermal storage system that connects to one or more standard 5 to 20-ton commercial rooftop HVAC units. Both systems, Ice Bear 30 and Ice Bear 20, freeze water to store cooling energy during off-peak hours. As it makes ice, the new system can deliver cooling to the home as well, and may result in giving comfort to the residents all throughout a day. The stored ice gives up to four hours of cooling by only using 5 percent of the power during peak hours. The two systems can also be deployed in smart grid-enabled, megawatt-scale fleets with an easy installation just like a standard air conditioning system.

Ice Energy also has a solar-plus-ice storage solution that combines distributed solar resources into the grid and maximizes on-site solar energy.

Based on its website, Ice Energy was established in 2003 and is committed to developing and delivering the most cost-effective and most reliable distributed energy storage solutions for the grid. The company is based in Santa Barbara, California and with satellite offices in Glendale, California and New York state.