ASWB’s leadership in the field of emerging technology evaluation has enabled our team to become experts in water pumping, flywheels, phase change materials, refrigeration systems, and ADR-enabled connected devices. Examples of our work include:
Flywheel Energy Storage Study
In 2017, ASWB developed the evaluation approach to assess load shifting potential of flywheel energy storage systems and determine if the technology could be used effectively for grid stabilization, overgeneration mitigation, and conventional energy storage uses.
This technology demonstration project consisted of a twelve-step test plan conducted on site and a financial analysis, which included savings and incentives calculation, simple payback, and lifecycle analysis for two operational scenarios. The study demonstrated that the technology performed as intended and could be used for permanent load shifting and potentially provide supplemental load during scheduled DR events.
The financial analysis indicated that cost-effectiveness would be heavily dependent on utility rates. Based on this analysis, ASWB made recommendations for which programs the measure be adopted into.
Phase Change Materials Evaluation
In 2016, ASWB evaluated phase change materials to establish the potential demand, energy savings, and thermal energy storage and permanent load shifting potential. We identified three cold storage facilities with different scheduling needs and solar capabilities as test sites for the phase change materials. We worked with each site, collecting and analyzing data to measure and verify savings and determine best practices for installation.
Industry Standard Practice (ISP)
Since 2011, ASWB has successfully completed over 30 Industry Standard Practice Studies ranging from oil extraction and wastewater treatment to industrial process improvements. These studies require extensive research into unique energy saving technologies and how they impact their respective markets. Results of the ISP studies can be used to validate energy saving programs and determine if they are achieving the desired impact.