Tallest Thermal Energy Storage Tank in the World Wins ASHRAE Award
Tallest Thermal Energy Storage Tank in the World Wins ASHRAE Award
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Tallest Thermal Energy Storage Tank in the World Wins ASHRAE Award
10/20/2011 1 minute read

The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers announced the thermal energy storage tank project at Thermal Energy Corp. (TECO) won first place in the industrial facilities or process (new) category. Burns & McDonnell and TECO will receive the award at ASHRAE's 2012 Winter Conference, held Jan. 21-25, 2012, in Chicago.

HOUSTON — The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) announced the thermal energy storage tank project for Thermal Energy Corp. (TECO) won first place in the industrial facilities or process (new) category. Burns & McDonnell and TECO will receive the award at ASHRAE's 2012 Winter Conference, held Jan. 21-25, 2012, in Chicago.

"The ASHRAE Technology Awards program recognizes, on an international scale, successful applications of innovative design, which incorporate ASHRAE standards for effective energy management, indoor air quality and good mechanical design," as described on the organization's website. Judging criteria include energy efficiency, indoor air quality and thermal comfort, innovation, operation and maintenance, cost effectiveness, and environmental impact.

This award-winning thermal energy storage tank, designed by Burns & McDonnell, is the tallest of its kind in the world at 150 feet, with the capacity to store 8.8 million gallons of chilled water for up to eight hours of cooling. It is also the first to successfully incorporate dual-directional pumping.

The tank is part of TECO's $377 million energy-saving expansion of its district energy system. Burns & McDonnell validated TECO's energy master plan and provided engineering, procurement and construction management for Phase One of TECO's Master Plan Implementation Project. Located at the world's largest medical center, the Texas Medical Center in Houston, this project provides critical utilities - chilled water and steam - to 18 medical institutions in 44 buildings comprising 18.9 million square feet. The expansion makes TECO's district cooling system the largest in the U.S. with 120,000 tons of refrigeration, the capacity required to cool 30,000 homes. To watch a video featuring project highlights, visit www.burnsmcd.com/tecovideo.

About Burns & McDonnell

Burns & McDonnell provides engineering, architecture, construction, environmental and consulting services to clients worldwide. Founded in 1898, Burns & McDonnell is 100 percent employee-owned by its more than 3,000 professionals, maintains a commendable safety record and ranks in the top 5 percent (No. 20) of Engineering News-Record's 2011 Top 500 Design Firms. Burns & McDonnell is also an industry leader in several Engineering News-Record categories. Following an independent survey of A/E/C clients, Professional Services Management Journal honored Burns & McDonnell with its Premier Award for Client Satisfaction for the second consecutive year.

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