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Thermal Storage with Conventional Cooling Systems
"Thermal Storage" is a term that describes a mechanical systems ability to sustain normal HVAC operations through a thermal retention source. This system allows for the curtailment of operating major refrigeration equipment during periods of high kw demand which results in lower electrical costs. The effectiveness of this 'Thermal Retention System" is determined by its design characteristics, its operational efficiency and comparative system analysis. Today's computer technology has provided the ability to collect operational data for analysis resulting in more efficient designs. Since consistency of operation effects overall efficiency, equipment must provide for diversity and simplicity. System Management is a vital component of a thermal retention system operations. The operational size of the system only indicates one characteristic of its operation and or its limits with sound strategies prevailing for safe and effective operations. The interface between the HVAC equipment production mode and usage mode of operation is contingent upon system management. Conducting system analysis is the paramount function required to sustain the operational transition from System Design to System Management. The Planned Maintenance System provides the foundation necessary to build a productive analysis program. Once evaluated, HVAC equipment operating periods can be developed and or modified to correspond with levels of electrical demand and consumption.
McGee, E. E. (1990). Thermal Storage with Conventional Cooling Systems. Energy Systems Laboratory (http://esl.tamu.edu); Texas A&M University (http://www.tamu.edu). Available electronically from