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Thermal Energy Storage Systems for Air Conditioning

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Course Description

Building air-conditioning systems are the single greatest contributor to aggregate peak electrical demand. As a technology, thermal energy storage enables shifting a significant proportion of a facility’s demand for electricity from daytime to nighttime periods. Furthermore, thermal energy storage enables flexibility in the demand for electricity by building air-conditioning systems—principally operating during time periods where renewable energy is plentiful and idling during time periods where renewable energy is sparse or unavailable. Through this course, participants will understand how thermal energy storage can enable greater use of renewable energy generation and learn whether an existing or new facility may benefit from the application of a thermal energy storage system. Attendees will also learn about sensible and latent energy storage technologies and alternative sizing strategies.

Recommended References

ASHRAE Standard 150-2000 (RA 2014), Method of Testing the Performance of Cool Storage Systems

Design Guide for Combustion Turbine Inlet Air Cooling

District Cooling Guide, 2nd ed.


Douglas Reindl, Ph.D., P.E., Fellow ASHRAE

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All courses and webinars are available for Chapter and In-Company Programs. They may be periodically scheduled for the Winter and/or Annual Conference Education Programs, as well as the Online Courses Series.

Chapters or Companies: Contact Karen Murray, Manager of Professional Development ( or 678-539-1146), to schedule an ALI seminar, course, or webinar at your organization or event.

Availability: Check the various offerings listed under Professional Development > All Instructor-Led Training to see if this course is being offered at an upcoming event or as a webinar.