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CALMAC Thermal Energy Storage Exceeds Expectations at Yardmen Arena
Aging mechanical system replaced with ice storage and building automation system provides Demand Response rebates to the Arena
Fair Lawn, N.J. – October 6, 2011 – CALMAC, a leader in energy storage systems, today announced its installation at the recently renovated Yardmen Arena in Ontario, Canada. The Arena’s aging mechanical system needed to reflect Ontario’s commitment to increased sustainability. Rather than just replacing the old system with an updated version, city officials looked for a more energy efficient solution, ultimately settling on an ice storage system.
Built in 1978 and home to the Ontario Hockey League’s (OHL) Belleville Bulls, the Yardmen Arena’s existing chilled water system needed to be replaced to meet forthcoming regulations. The city sought an innovative green solution that would comply with the new regulation as well as lower annual energy expenses. The City of Belleville retained design/build contractor George A. Kelson Mechanical, Stantec and Trane, a leading global provider of indoor comfort systems and services and a brand of Ingersoll Rand, to install a new chilled water systems.
The installation already exceeds expectations by 25 percent. The city of Belleville is now anticipating a three-year payback instead of the estimated four-year payback. Even on the hottest days in the summer, where temperatures often exceed 90°F, the electric chiller remains off. Cooling is supplied from the ice storage tank and a 30 horsepower pump operating at half speed. Prior to this retrofit, Yardmen Area was the biggest energy consumer of all the city’s assets. The CALMAC ice storage system and Trane Tracer™ chilled water system plant and ice controls, which provide additional savings from Demand Response rebates from Ontario Power Authority, have enabled the Arena to see unprecedented energy savings.
“We now have a chilled water system that is half the size of the original and operates during off-peak hours, saving us money,” said Peter Lyng, facilities manager, Recreation, Culture and Community Services for the City of Belleville. “Everyone is extremely enthusiastic since the new system was installed. People are looking to us as leaders for green solutions. The city’s Green Task Force is ecstatic with the energy savings.”
“We are glad the project allowed the Yardmen Arena to maintain its presence in the community while complying with Ontario regulations,” said Mark MacCracken, CEO of CALMAC. “Moreover, I’m pleased that our IceBank tanks will help the city save money while reducing the impact of peak energy usage on the environment. We hope the City of Belleville can serve as an example to other cities looking to upgrade their systems.”
CALMAC Manufacturing Corporation is transforming how energy is used at buildings to the time energy is used. Widely recognized for promoting peak energy conservation and energy cost savings CALMAC is a member of the Electricity Storage Association (ESA), United States Green Building Council (USGBC) and now the California Energy Storage Alliance (CESA). CALMAC is the manufacturer of IceBank® Energy Storage equipment with over 4,000 Ice Storage installations worldwide. IceBank systems are a valuable component of the smart grid, enabling energy, including renewable wind energy that mainly blows at night, to be efficiently stored for use during periods of high demand.
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