Scroll down for a growing library of papers on issues important to the building industry and design professionals. Read the latest on green energy related topics like renewables, the integration of renewables into the smart grid, demand response programs, along with a host of other critical areas that revolve around thermal storage technologies.

Advantages of Thermal Energy Storage Systems

How will cooling system designs change?  Just like automobiles have hybrid cars, cooling designs have hybrid designs that incorporate energy storage. Hybrid cooling systems with thermal energy storage systems use standard air conditioning chillers at night to create and store energy in the form of chilled water or ice for use the next day during peak periods of demand or high cost.

Don't Dismiss Energy Storage

It’s a fact that’s hard to swallow. The United States not only over-produces energy, but it also wastes nearly 70 percent of the energy it produces before it reaches its intended destination. But wait – how can we produce a surplus of electricity and still have enough demand to cause blackouts, grid failures and other infrastructural problems?

How do we solve the demand on our electric grid?

High temperatures naturally lead to increased use of air-conditioning, and a major strain on utilities. Power outages and buildings dimming lights and turning off unnecessary equipment in order to avoid overloading the grid are the result. Is there anything else you can do?

Energy Storage and Variable Renewable Energy Sources

Climate change, national security, energy independence, jobs and energy cost are some of the factors that are merging to reinvigorate efforts in energy storage development.  And predictably, much of the effort is related to the ability of storage to support renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar, that possess some level of uncertainty or variability, or where the availability may be temporally out of phase with demand.