The idea behind the Ice Bank is simple: at off peak electricity hours, such as at night, ice is generated on the plates with our Laser Plate technology. This ice is then used during the day to cool your product. We call this thermal energy storage.
High peak loads in the summer drive the investment expenditure of the electricity production industry. A kW of electricity consumed at night can be produced at a much lower marginal cost. Energy companies pass on these lower costs to the consumer through Real Time Pricing Rates. That is why thermal energy storage by Omega Ice Banks is a good investment.
How does an Ice Bank work?
An ice bank is a package of Laser Plates that is hung in a container with water. At night when the energy is at a lower price, the plates freeze the water in the tank. During the day when the power is more expensive, the cooler is turned off. The ice will melt into ice water. This ice water can be used to indirectly cool your products.
All of our Ice Banks are custom-made. Please consult an Omega Thermo Products Sales Engineer so we can discuss your requirements for cooling or heating and determine which solution is best suited for you. Below are some of the service mediums and material options:
Omega Ice Banks are supplied in capacities up to >1,500 kWh per unit. For each Laser Plate an ice build-up of approx 3/8” can be made on both sides.
Many cooling mediums can be used with these ice banks, such as R717, CO2, Propylene Glycol, Ethylene Glycol, R22, R134A and R404A. If you want to use other coolants, please email one of our engineers.
The Ice bank is made of stainless steel, such as 304, 316, SMO-254 and Duplex 2205. If you want a cooler of a different material, please e-mail one of our engineers.