US smart grid solutions company Ice Energy’s Ice Bear energy storage units have been operating in the field for more than 20 million hours, the company stated this week.

The Ice Bears, which offer both storage and demand response in one unit, are installed in more than 40 utility service territories and are used to storage thermal energy.

Mike Hopkins, executive vice president, Corporate Development and Legal at Ice Energy, said: “We are proud of the Ice Bear’s continued operational success.

“Over the 20 million hours of operation, the units have recorded 98.4 per cent availability.”

Nearly half of all Ice Energy deployment costs are reinvested in the community through the use of local contractors for installation and maintenance, the company said.

Most recently, Ice Energy has completed deployments for United Illuminating Company (UI) in New Haven, Conn. and for Moreno Valley Electric Utility in conjunction with Weingarten Realty in Moreno Valley, California.

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