Thermal Energy Storage

Storing thermal energy can save money in a number of different ways. High-cost peak-time power usage is avoided. Also, with stored cooling capacity, the cooling system doesn’t have to cope with the hottest part of the day in real-time. It may be possible to install a smaller compressor, pumps and pipes. This may help reduce the initial purchase cost and operating and maintenance costs.

Some very broad conditions favor thermal energy storage, but it’s not advisable without competent staff to oversee operation.

This course offers a description of the various forms thermal energy storage, describes strategies, provides advantages and drawbacks and provides realistic examples and calculations in US Customary and Metric units. The course link will take you to the Energy University landing page; if this is your first Energy University course, click “Join” and complete the form. Returning students can “Login” from the landing page. You can search for each course by title.

This course is accredited by: IEEE, USGBC, BPI, BOMI, CIBSE, ACORE, REEP, FIRE, AFE, CPD, IAAT, and FENITEL


Schneider Electric
Date: April 27th, 2011
Length: 45 minutes


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