Houston - Ice Battery Solution

Thermal Energy Storage – Ice Battery in Houston

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Industry Challenge

It’s no secret that Houston’s summer temperatures make headlines and it takes a lot of energy to cool the 1.8 miles of Houston’s downtown. For any large property owner, heating and cooling and the associated electricity costs are some of the largest line items in the operating budget. In addition to cost, heating and cooling systems can encroach on otherwise usable space and carry significant operational burdens. This was the reality for several businesses throughout downtown Houston city blocks before engaging with CenTrio.

CenTrio Solution

For building owners and operators occupying more than 19-million square feet of space in downtown Houston, including Minute Maid Park, working with CenTrio offers a reliable alternative to conventional air conditioning, and one that saves money, reduces noise and opens up livable space. CenTrio’s industry-leading “ice battery” is a simple way to create, store and deliver energy to customers. CenTrio’s innovative system makes and stores ice at night, when electricity prices are lowest, then distributes the chilled water during the day to cool nearby buildings. Shifting peak energy use to take advantage of lower costs is a reliable, cost-effective way to keep buildings comfortable, especially during long Houston summers. And, by reducing strain on the grid during peak times, it’s also a smart strategy to enhance the city’s resilience.

Value Delivered

CenTrio’s Houston customers enjoy reduced maintenance and capital costs, and the space that would otherwise be occupied by large and noise-emitting chillers, cooling towers or other cumbersome equipment can be repurposed into leasable tenant space, a critical advantage in a city where real estate is at a premium. With CenTrio’s plants all connected, customers can leverage the reliability of a networked system and uninterrupted service, in any situation.

By the Numbers

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